The 8 Best Substitutes for Evaporated Milk

Every baker or cook has been faced with this problem. You're in the middle of a recipe that calls for an ingredient and it turns out you actually don't have one of the important ingredients that the recipe calls for. The great news is, there are many alternatives for certain ingredients, so you don't have to run to the grocery store. Evaporated milk is a creamy milk product that's easy to find at the store. Some might confuse it with sweetened condensed milk, however, both are slightly different. Evaporated milk is made by heating milk until about 60 percent of the water content has been evaporated. The result is a creamy product that's darker in color and has an almost caramelized flavor to it. It's also one of the main ingredients in recipes like fudge, pumpkin pie and casseroles. If you find yourself all out of evaporated milk, check out some of these easy substitutes for evaporated milk.

8 Genius Substitutes for Evaporated Milk

1. DIY Evaporated Milk

Make your own evaporated milk by heating 2 1/4 cups of regular milk in a saucepot until it reduces to down to one cup. Skim or whole milk works, but 2 % milk is commonly used for evaporated milk.

2. Powdered Milk

Powdered milk is milk that has has been dehydrated until completely dry. Like evaporated milk, it has a long shelf life and by adding water, it can be made back into milk. To use powdered milk as an evaporated milk alternative, just add water, but reduce the amount of water you would normally add.

Try mixing together 1 cup of powdered milk with 1 1/2 cups water until it dissolves completely.

3. Half-and-Half

If you're really in a pinch, half-and-half can be used in place of evaporated milk. While you'll miss out on that caramelized flavor from half-and-half, it's still creamy like evaporated milk due to the fat content.

4. Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is one of the best ingredients to have on hand. It's super rich and decadent and makes a wonderful evaporated milk substitute. Use it in place of evaporated milk in recipes for pie fillings, casseroles, soups, etc.

5. Soy Milk

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There are plenty of dairy-free milk products that can be used in place of evaporated milk. Soy milk can be heated and reduced until the water evaporates. Of course, the flavor will be slightly different but is perfect for those with a dairy intolerance.

Just keep in mind, if you or someone you know has a soy allergy, avoid this option.

6. Oat Milk

Oat milk is very simple to make at home just by blending together oats and water, however, oat milk is available at the store as well. It can be used to replace evaporated milk in recipes and is a great dairy-free option. Oat milk is also high in fiber and can help with digestion so that's a huge plus!

7. Nut Milks

If you don't have a nut allergy, ingredients like almond, hazelnut and cashew milks can be used as an evaporated milk substitute. Hazelnut and almond milk are suitable for sweeter dishes while cashew milk can be used in both savory and sweet dishes since it's especially neutral in flavor.

8. Coconut Milk

If you don't mind the subtle flavor of coconut milk, you can use it in place of evaporated milk in many recipes. It's already very thick, so there's no need to reduce it beforehand.

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