Condensed Vs. Evaporated Milk

Condensed Vs. Evaporated Milk

Ever wonder the difference between Evaporated and Condensed Milk? Julie lets you know how they are made and what makes them different, and why you can't substitute one for the other.

Both Evaporated Milk & Condensed Milk start off the same way - Fresh milk is 'Evaporated' to remove about 60% of the water, this concentrates the milk flavour and gives it a slight caramel-y colour.
After this first step you have Evaporated Milk.

Condensed Milk is Evaporated Milk that has been sweetened... in fact 40%-45% of what's in a can of Condensed Milk is sugar.

Now you're probably asking can I substitute one for the other? Nope, they are not interchangeable - at all. But because they are both 'shelf stable' and relatively inexpensive; it's pretty easy to always keep a couple cans of each in the back of the cupboard.

Oh yeah - 'Sweetened Condensed Milk' & 'Condensed Milk' are exactly the same thing. Some brands just use different names for the same product. Confused?

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Difference between Condensed and Evaporated Milk