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Is there an alternative to condensed milk?

In Denmark we don't have condensed milk in our regular stores and I've actually only seen it in an UK-import store a few years ago. Is there an alternative to it or can you craft it with regular ...
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Expiration Date on Milk

What does the expiration date on milk cartons mean? I have different experiences with the date: There is still about a week before the expiration date but the milk has gone bad It is 1-2 days ...
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Can I freeze Milk?

After a bit of miscommunication, my wife and I ended up buying 6 litres of milk between us. I don't really want to waste it, so I'm wondering if it's safe to freeze some of it and defrost and use it ...
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Do different fat contents (skim, 2%, whole, etc) affect rate or intensity of milk spoilage?

Does milk with different fat contents (skim, 2%, whole, etc.) spoil at different rates? And when spoilage does occur, are milks with higher fat content more sour than those with less? Are there ...
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If I'm using milk as an ingredient in soup, how can I prevent it from curdling?

There are numerous chicken stock based soups that also have milk as an ingredient and the milk always seems to curdle - how can I prevent this?
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Dissolving cocoa powder in milk

I wanted to make a Stevia-sweetened chocolate milk so I tried mixing some unsweetened cocoa powder with the milk and stevia, but I found that the cocoa powder doesn't mix with the milk at all. It ...
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Is there a milk-free sour cream?

Is there some kind of milk-free sour cream available, to use as substitute due to an allergy?
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Is there any reason to scald milk?

I recently found an old family cream pie recipe that called for scalding the milk. Is there any reason to do this other than to kill bacteria? If not, isn't this an unnecessary step if using ...
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Is raw milk healthier than pasteurized?

Obviously, pasteurization is useful since it reduces organisms in the milk, but how frequent were milk-related illnesses before pasteurization, and what other nutrients and flavours are lost in the ...
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Frothing Milk By Hand

What is a consistent method to froth milk if I do not have a steam wand? I have tried things like a whisk and an Aerolatte with mixed success.
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Why and when does a skin form on heated milk and how can I prevent it?

When I heat milk, sometimes a skin forms on it, which I'd like to avoid. I originally thought that this happens above some specific temperature, but after paying attention more closely, it seems to me ...
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How long does it take for buttermilk to go bad?

I love making buttermilk pancakes but I can never seem to use up my buttermilk before it passes the expiration date. The thing is, if I take a solid whiff of the "expired" buttermilk it smells great ...
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How is UHT milk heated to a high temperature for only 1–2 seconds?

I've read that UHT milk is pasteurized by heating the milk to a high temperature (e.g. 135 degrees Celsius / 275 °F) for an extremely short period — around 1–2 seconds. But this glosses over the ...
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Can I boil milk unattended (and still keep the pan clean)?

Many recipes call for first bringing milk up to boil. I normally boil 1 quart (1 litre) of milk in a 3-quart stainless steel heavy bottomed pan: use low heat keep scraping the bottom of the pan ...
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Substitute to milk in coffee?

I'm looking for a substitute to milk in the coffee... something that will have the same effect on the coffee (tone down the bitterness of a coffee cup) put that wont turn bad after two weeks. Here's ...
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How long does it take for milk to spoil unrefrigerated?

A half gallon of milk (in the paper carton, not plastic) got left in the car for 1.5 hours in about 80 degree (~27 °C) weather (evening so no direct sunlight). Is it still probably safe to eat if one ...
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How can you recognize cold milk that has gone bad or is about to?

The methods that I know to test cold milk is to either boil it and look for the break, taste it (yuk!), or hope it smells bad enough to know it's bad. Is there an easy and scientific way to know ...
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Fresh milk curdles when added to hot coffee and tea

Came in to work this morning and made a round of coffees, the same as yesterday. To freshly washed and fully rinsed mugs, I added instant coffee, and the milk then filled with boiling water and the ...
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Powdered milk in bread recipe

I have a book with several bread recipes that call for 1-2 tablespoons of powdered milk. This isn't something I usually use and I was thinking substituting it with normal milk, and putting less water ...
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What is it about milk that makes it go well with cookies?

I don't drink milk myself, but among my friends that do, the one application where they find soymilk a poor substitute is the classic dish "milk and cookies". What is it about cow's milk that makes it ...
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Is sweetened condensed milk a substitute for evaporated milk?

I have a recipe for Thai Green Curry that calls for evaporated milk, which I don't have. I do have sweetened condensed milk, will that do?
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How can I make yogurt at home?

What are the requirements for making yogurt at home. Is there a solid recipe for making yogurt?
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How come heating milk in the microwave is safe?

I was reading this question and began to ask myself... Since milk contains calcium, and calcium is a metal (just like potassium), how come putting a cup of milk in the microwave is safe and there are ...
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Mozzarella. Obtaining buffalo milk from whole milk and heavy cream

I am trying to make mozzarella using rennet, citric acid and milk. However, having read on the Internet about this process, I've found out that the best mozzarella is produced from buffalo milk. I ...
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How do I extract coconut milk from coconut meat?

Coconut milk in the local grocery store costs around $1.50 for a small can. Cans of coconut milk that cost less are full of fillers such as extra water and gums to thicken it. Whole coconuts, on the ...
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What is albumin?

Is there albumin in milk, really? I did not realise that until I read about it recently. Then, how come I can drink fresh milk but not have hard-boiled egg whites? Obviously albumin is a collective ...
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What mammals' milks are drunk by humans?

I'd like to make an exhaustive list of the various animals whose milk humans drink. Here's the ones I can think of: human cow goat sheep camel yak buffalo donkey/ass Any others? If so, where?
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Julia Child - Mastering the Art of French Cooking - OK for Kosher?

My fiancee and I love to cook. We love cookbooks, but often find that they are useless in today's internet world where all the recipe sites exist. Mastering the Art of French Cooking is a classic, ...
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Can I substitute Soy Milk when a recipe for baking calls for regular milk?

If a baking recipe calls for regular milk, can I substitute Soy Milk...
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Will soaking chicken in milk hurt the chicken

I'm trying a new recipe and I was told to soak my boneless skinless chicken thighs in milk with a little spices. Let them soak for a while then take them out of the milk and then drop them in seasoned ...
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Using skim or low-fat milk in recipes

When a recipe calls for milk, does using skim or low-fat milk over whole milk matter? Even though the difference between whole and skim milk is about 2 percent fat, will it affect the result? Is ...
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Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or vice versa?

Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or the other way around? For example, will adding water or cow milk to coconut cream make a usable coconut milk? Or by reducing coconut milk, can I ...
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Cream based substitute for milk

I typically have heavy cream on hand but not milk so I'm frequently in need of a method to substitute the milk in recipes with cream. It seems to me that adding some amount of water and sugar to the ...
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'Sweet milk' substitute in an old recipe

I have an old pancake recipe (circa 1930) that I would like to try. However it includes as an ingredient "sweet milk." Having never seen such a thing in stores I'm trying to find the best substitute ...
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What is the effect of poaching fish in milk?

I recently came across a recipe for fish poached in milk. I've never heard of this technique, and am skeptical of its effect (vs. water), so it sounds wasteful to cook fish in 4 cups of milk only to ...
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Can I pasteurize milk using a microwave?

In our country, we get fresh milk from the milkman and it is usually boiled in a pan over a fire to pasteurize it before we consume the milk. In my office, we do not have gas connection, so I can't ...
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Can I bake bread with long-life milk?

My normal breadmaker recipe uses milk as the main liquid ingredient. Normally I use fresh semi-skimmed milk for this and get great results. However, at the moment I only have "long-life" (UHT ...
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How to properly freeze kefir grains

I have been making kefir regularly for a couple years. Lately, however, my family's interest in it has waned and I have been using it less often and so feeding it less often. I want to store some ...
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Can I make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream?

I want to make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream instead of milk. Does anybody have a guess whether this will work?
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Is it possible to make Oat Milk Icecream?

If you think that normal icecream is made from milk, is it possible to make it with Oat Milk? I'm not too sure if the lack of lactose in the oat milk would restrict the stickiness or formation of the ...
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How to safely handle raw milk?

I have a couple of questions how to use fresh milk (not pasteurized) coming directly from cow in village (in traditional way, of course). How long it should be boiled before usage? Is it better to ...
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Quickest, and safest way, to bring milk to boil

So I made homemade cottage cheese yesterday that had me cook the milk until it was just about to boil. I had it on the stove for at least half an hour because I didn't want it to start boiling the one ...
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Instant coffee with only milk?

I like milk. So I thought of doing milk with instant coffee. I mean, I have coffee here but it says I should use water. I always use it with water and put a little bit milk. Can I also use only milk ...
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Oatmeal & Lactose Intolerance

I work as a kitchen aide in an assisted living community. I assist the cooks in some aspects of kitchen prep (mostly non-cooking), but occasionally I help in the actual cooking of food. For breakfast, ...
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“Screaming” noise while steaming milk?

When steaming milk (for a latte or other coffee drink), it sometimes produces a loud, high-pitched "screaming" sound. I think you can usually prevent it by keeping the tip of the steaming wand on the ...
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Why do some countries prefer UHT milk and cream?

My wife and I recently moved to Belgium. We were absolutely shocked by the fact that UHT (long life) milk and cream dominate supermarket shelves compared to pasteurized - by a factor of at least 10 ...
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Milk alternative in pancake batter

What could I use in place of milk in pancake batter? Would rice milk or soya milk work? What about in scotch pancakes?
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Is all lactose-free milk sweet?

I recently decided to try lactose-free milk to see if I might have a problem with lactose. I was happy to see Organic Valley has a lactose-free milk. I bought the 2% and it has a sweet taste to it. ...
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What to do with leftover whey from vinegar-based cheese preparation

Whey is a valuable protein-rich by-product of cheese preparation. There are many advises for using whey came out of cheese preparation by culture. However, the whey produced after cheese preparation ...
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What is the name of this drink and is there a substitute for the pineapple?

In many cities in the Venezuelan Andes, there is a traditional beverage with the following preparation: Put a slice/piece of pineapple about two inches per side in a bottle of milk. Put the milk ...