Recipe: Evaporated and Sweetened Condensed Milk

by GettingFreedom on May 13, 2009

A few months back I was right in the middle of making a dish (which I cannot even remember right now) and little did I know, but I was out of evaporated milk. And I needed it to complete my recipe. What on Earth was I going to do?

My wheels started turning–I concluded that the evaporated milk was more than likely nothing more than just that–evaporated milk. I found out that store bought evaporated milk has about 60% of it’s water removed through evaporation. In such case, surely I make it. Especially with powdered milk, right?

Uh, huh! And it is super easy!

With the above in mind this is what I came up with:

Evaporated Milk

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 6 ounces


  • 2/3 c powdered milk
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 Tsp Water


  1. Mix well.


This recipe is perfect for when you really do not need a whole can of evaporated milk. This way, just make as much as you need, there's no waste!
While I was on that one, I knew there had to be a way to make sweetened condensed milk as well.  There is a a little more to this one, but a lot cheaper than store bought–and good in a pinch!
Sweetened Condensed Milk

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Mix well in a blender.

I love the convenience of keeping powdered milk on hand. It is definitely working for me. When I need evaporated milk, or sweetened condensed milk, I just make it. And, I don’t have those annoying cans to get rid of!
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