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what to do with evaporated milk

adjuncteater Sep 18, 2007 04:47 PM

I've got about 2/3 of a cup of evaporated milk left over, and I'm trying to be less wasteful when this happens while I'm cooking. Any ideas on something fun to do with it?

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    piccola RE: adjuncteater Sep 18, 2007 04:55 PM

    Are we really talking evaporated (ie, unsweetened) milk? In that case, I'd use it in soup or to make a reeeeeeally creamy sauce - maybe for mac & cheese?

    If it's actually condensed (sweet) milk, I vote for an avocado shake - basically avocado, palm sugar (regular will do), condensed milk, ice, and sometimes coconut cream blended until thick and cold.

    Or you could make pudding. (Mmmm... avocado pudding....?)

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      adjuncteater RE: piccola Sep 18, 2007 05:07 PM

      it's evaporated, unsweetened milk. though the thought of avocado pudding is making me wish i had sweetened condensed milk! yum.

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        chowser RE: piccola Sep 18, 2007 06:11 PM

        The Best Recipe mac and cheese uses evaporated milk and eggs, not baked, and is really creamy.

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          ESNY RE: chowser Sep 19, 2007 06:42 AM

          Check Alton Brown's stovetop mac and cheese recipe, it uses evaporated milk. I personally didn't like it as much as the baked version but it wasn't bad.

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            chowser RE: ESNY Sep 19, 2007 09:33 AM

            If it's this one:


            Then it's basically the same as the Best Recipe one. The BR is a little more complicated in how it goes together, I think. I haven't made it in a while, though.

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              Ruth Lafler RE: ESNY Sep 19, 2007 01:00 PM

              You can have the best of both worlds: make the stovetop version, then spoon it into a casserole, add some buttered crumbs (or a little more grated cheese, if you like a cheesy crust), and stick it under the broiler until browned. Then you get the chewy-crusty bits and the creamy center, and it doesn't take as long as baking (especially since the stovetop version only takes a couple of minutes longer than boiling the macaroni, which you have to do either way).

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                chowser RE: Ruth Lafler Sep 19, 2007 01:21 PM

                That is part of the Best Recipe one, if you want the topping baked. They also have one where you toast it up on the stove and then add it on top.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: chowser Sep 19, 2007 01:24 PM

                  I just started with the Alton Brown recipe and figured it out myself!

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              Bwicki RE: chowser Apr 11, 2010 02:50 AM

              Hi chowser ... can you give me the link to the Best Recipe mac and cheese site so I can find the recipe you're talking about? thanks so much!

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                chowser RE: Bwicki Apr 11, 2010 07:24 AM


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                  Bwicki RE: chowser Apr 13, 2010 11:05 PM

                  Thanks a bunch!!! :-)

          2. jennjen18 RE: adjuncteater Sep 18, 2007 06:05 PM

            put it in coffee or tea in replacement of milk or cream.. it makes it reeeeeeeeally smooth.

            even for condensed milk i put it in coffee or tea sometimes - then no sugar. condensed makes it eeeeeeeven more smoooother.

            1. chocabot RE: adjuncteater Sep 19, 2007 10:10 AM

              you can use it to replace cream in a pot pie or add to soup to make more creamy. pumpkin pie often uses evap milk

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                chocabot RE: chocabot Sep 20, 2007 07:29 AM

                or in scalloped potato/vegetables

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                  Will Owen RE: chocabot Sep 20, 2007 04:28 PM

                  I've been making scalloped potatoes with it lately - I'm being bad enough eating white potatoes, I needed a way to cut back on the crumbs. AND butter! I use a package of the pre-cubed Reser's potatoes, about half an onion sliced thin, and maybe some finely-chopped poblano pepper, all tossed together with salt and pepper and put into a greased baking dish with enough evaporated milk to come almost to the top of the potatoes. This goes covered into a moderate oven for an hour or so. The potatoes pretty much melt into the milk, which makes it thicken up nicely. Sometimes I add some cheese, and maybe a sprinkling of buttered crumbs on top.

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                browniebaker RE: adjuncteater Sep 20, 2007 11:18 AM

                Make boba tea.

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                  chefaron RE: browniebaker Sep 20, 2007 04:35 PM

                  1. Dolce de leche: To caramelize milk, place unopened can of condensed milk upright in water in a saucepan at least 3 inches taller than can.

                  2. Pour enough water into saucepan to cover can by 1-2 in. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 11ΒΌ2 to 2 hours, checking periodically that can is always covered with water.

                  3. Remove can from water and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Be careful opening, as mixture may still be warm. Spoon what is now dolce de leche out of can and reserve. (Keep leftover dolce de leche in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.)

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: chefaron Sep 21, 2007 01:10 AM

                    I thought dulce de leche was made with sweetened condensed milk, not the evaporated milk the original poster was asking about. Plus, the original poster's can is already open.

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                      tullius RE: chefaron Apr 15, 2010 12:13 PM

                      do NOT try this with an unopened can. it could explode. it tells you on the can not to do this. and yes it is made with sweetened condensed milk.

                      use evaporated milk for EVERYTHING in place of milk. this is the Grandma's secret that makes everything she makes better than yours. hell just drink it.

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                      smartie RE: browniebaker Sep 21, 2007 08:07 AM

                      or chai

                    3. Veggietales RE: adjuncteater Sep 20, 2007 05:25 PM

                      I put it in my oatmeal! yum.

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                        MobyRichard RE: adjuncteater Sep 21, 2007 08:23 AM

                        I put it in Thai iced tea, which is a sometime substitute to my summertime iced coffee.

                        1. Emme RE: adjuncteater Sep 22, 2007 11:35 PM

                          I used to do a Pumpkin Sauce over Chilean Seabass, but now do it over any other firm white fish filet available...

                          I caramelize onions in butter and olive oil, and once soft and gooey, reserve a few for garnish. In a food processor, I combine pumpkin puree/flesh, onions, sundried tomatoes or roasted red peppers, and evaporated milk til combined and saucey. Return to the pan, and heat through, adding fresh sage toward the end. Broil a fish filet, then serve topped with pumpkin sauce, more caramelized onions and a few strips of fresh sage.

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                            Steve RE: adjuncteater Apr 11, 2010 06:29 AM

                            A lot of confusion on this thread between evaporated milk and sweetened condensed.

                            Mashed Potatoes or any other mashed vegetables is an easy, great use.

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                              davecrf RE: Steve Apr 16, 2010 07:26 AM

                              Blend with about 1 to 11/2cups cooked or canned black or pinto beans.season to taste.makes killer non fried refried beans

                            2. rozz01 RE: adjuncteater Apr 16, 2010 09:35 AM

                              Always keep it around to make tres leches cake, put my coworkers into a sugar coma...

                              1. IndyGirl RE: adjuncteater Apr 15, 2012 06:45 PM

                                Great thread! I can't use heavy cream in my house for various reasons, so it's good to see all the possible ways of replacing it with evaporated milk!

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