How to Use Evaporated Milk for Drinking

by Joshua McCarron

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.


  • Substituting evaporated milk one-for-one with fresh milk in desserts yields a richer-tasting dessert.
  • Add diluted evaporated milk to cereals, oatmeal or sauces or in recipes for cakes and ice cream.
  • Evaporated milk comes in low-fat and non-fat varieties.
  • Add evaporated milk to dishes where creamy sauces are common, such as butter chicken and pot pies, or to homemade cream soups.


  • Evaporated milk is not the same as sweetened condensed milk, and should not be substituted in recipes.
  • Don't use evaporated milk if the can is rusted or bulging.

About the Author

Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.

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