Evaporated milk is whole milk that has been processed so 60 percent of the water evaporates. At times vitamin D or other vitamins are added and then milk is canned and sold in the grocery store. Evaporated milk is shelf-stable in the can, but it should be treated the same as fresh milk once the can is opened. Evaporated milk makes a viable substitute for fresh milk in recipes, and is ready to use with just a couple of minor modifications.
Shake up your can of evaporated milk well. Open it with a standard can opener and pour the contents of the can into a pitcher or similar container. The color is slightly darker than fresh milk due to the water evaporation.
Add equal parts cold water to the evaporated milk in the pitcher and stir the mixture together. Use it the same as you would fresh milk, including for drinking. Store the unused milk in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to one week.
Add evaporated milk to smoothies and homemade milkshakes for added creaminess and richness without adding a lot of fat in the process. Add it in its diluted drinking form or straight from the can in smaller amounts for extra richness.
Substitute your evaporated milk drinking mixture for fresh milk in tea, coffee and hot chocolate.