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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Want to make your own #EvaporatedMilk ? ( #FromScratch #Homemade )



There are a number of reasons you might choose to make your own evaporated milk. I'm sure for many it's because you're in the middle of baking and realize you have condensed milk, but not evaporated. Of course, another is simply to know what you're ingredients are. A more natural way to have evaporated milk (concern for dairy cows and GMO's maybe?) - especially if it's from your own cow (your own milk). (There are other substitutions involving half and half and buttermilk, but I'm not going into those at this time.)

For me, we're trying to go more natural - more from our own resources rather than store bought. So, I realized my Christmas pumpkin pies were a great time for this.

You'll need 2 1/4 cups of milk and you'll want to cook it until it's reduced to 1 cup. This will give you, of course, 1 cup of condensed milk (so you'll need to adjust accordingly - if you need 2 cups of condensed milk, you'd have to cook down 4 1/2 cups of milk).

Essentially, evaporated milk is simply more "caramelized."

Keep in mind this process will take a bit. But anything worth it takes effort :)

You'll not want this to boil (besides, who enjoys cleaning a scorched pan?). I started mine at #6 (on my gas stove) and turned it down after it began boiling. After that, I was reduced to 1 cup in 40 minutes. (It even smelled like evaporated milk)
(NOTE: This is just my time estimate..keep in mind different stoves can effect this - so you'll need to keep an eye on it the first few times a bit closer.) 

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