Learn more about what evaporated milk is, and what to substitute for it when cooking. 

By Marge Perry
December 04, 2013
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Evaporated milk is milk that has been cooked down to allow some of the water content to evaporate. The concentrate is canned, and the result is a heavier tasting milk with a slightly toasted or caramelized flavor. If you don't have any, make your own: To produce 1 cup of evaporated milk, simmer 2 1/4 cups of regular milk down until it becomes 1 cup.

In many recipes, evaporated milk may also be replaced with a combination of whole milk and half-and-half. For 1 cup of evaporated milk, use 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup half-and-half.


Use this rule for sweet potato casserole or dessert recipes like our Tres Leches Cake and Chocolate-Dipped Tacos if you find yourself without evaporated milk on hand. 

For more information on ingredient substitutions, see our Ingredient Substitutions guide.