(Not a duplicate of this question, I don't believe)

If I have a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk but only have a can of evaporated milk, is there anything I can do to it to the evaporated milk to make it a suitable replacement for sweetened condensed milk? Does the heating / sterilizing of evaporated milk ruin it as a replacement?

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You may convert evaporated milk into condensed milk by adding sugar to it. For each cup of evaporated milk add about 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar. Pour the mixture in a pan, stir while heating on the stovetop until the sugar completely dissolves. Let cool. The heating of evaporated milk is similar to the treatment condensed milk undergoes, so the evaporated milk with sugar should be a perfect replacement.

  • Fabulous, I was hoping it was that easy :) Cheers!
    – squillman
    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:16
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    PSA: The link in this answer has rotted and was identified as a threat by Avast Nov 28, 2019 at 15:18

You can make your own sweetened condensed milk with the following instructions. In a sauce pan place 3/4 cup white sugar mixed with 1/2 cup water and 1 1/8 cups dry powdered milk. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 20 minutes. You should get about 14oz from this. If you, instead, would like to convert evaporated milk to sweetened condensed milk, follow the instruction above, from Papin. Hope this helps.

Sincerely, Ann

  • Can you substitute splenda for the sugar?
    – user21079
    Nov 4, 2013 at 14:15

I would add sugar and heat it up until dissolved.

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    This would be more helpful if you added specific details; note the quality of the answers that already exist.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Aug 18, 2013 at 17:54

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