Ways to use your canned MILK

Since I am constantly rotating my food stash and using up what needs to be used before it expires, I sometimes ask myself why I have so much canned milk? I find myself pushing the idea of using it to cook with as far back in my mind as I have pushed these cans on the shelf. Then it hit me. I do know ways to use these and they are really yummy. Canned milk is amazing, I just tend to forget how great it really is. Paired with it’s incredible shelf life and the ability it has to make a dish or treat really something special makes it one of the most versatile items in my food stash. Here are some ways you can use and rotate your canned milk also.

Evaporated milk (aka) unsweetened condensed milk can withstand high temperatures without curdling which is a great benefit when using it to cook with. It is also great to use in heavy sauces, crock pot recipes and many deserts. It is also my go to when I need to dip fish, meat or poultry prior to breading or crusting. One cup whole milk is equivalent to 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water. This is good to know when using evaporated milk in recipes that call for whole milk. Evaporated milk has natural lactose sugar which is concentrated, so it will need to be watered down a bit if being used in substitute of whole milk.

Uses and Recipes for Evaporated Milk

~Can be used as creamer in coffee or tea

~Can be substituted in equal amounts for cream or half-and-half in most recipes

~Works great as a substitute for milk in mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and cream soups.

~Can be used to make home made ice cream

~In the winter have your kids get a cup of snow (make sure it is fresh and white snow) and pour evaporated milk over the top.

~Dip cotton swabs in condensed milk and wipe it all over your face, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash off. Cleopatra was known to take milk baths, if it was good enough for her, then why not?

~Add powdered or regular chocolate to make rich Hot Cocoa

Creamy beans and taters

2 or 3lbs. of green beans
2 or 3lbs. of potatoes
1 large onion
4 slices of  bacon cut in small pieces
1 stick of butter or margarine
1 or 2 cans of evaporated milk depending on desired creaminess

Place green beans and potatoes that have been cut into 1” pieces along with the minced onion and cut up bacon into a pot with water. Boil until potatoes are falling apart.  Turn down heat to medium and add butter/margarine. Water level should be just above the potatoes and beans. Once the soup has calmed down and no longer boiling you add the can or two of evaporated milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. This recipe can feed a small army and is great reheated.

Condensed milk is very different from evaporated milk and most if not all recipes will not allow you to use either or. You must read the recipe to make sure it specifies which to use. Condensed milk has added sugar, making it very sweet and is used most often in deserts or sweet dishes. Condensed milk is also good in baked goods and will give it a nice color, texture and keep in moisture.

Uses and Recipes for Condensed Milk

~Can be used as creamer in coffee or tea

~Used for fudge recipes

~Can be used in cookies, pies and sweet fondues

~Home made ice cream

~Rice pudding

~Caramel

~Can be used to make mixed drinks that require cream

~Can be used in cream of wheat or oatmeal

Evaporated kisses

1 1/3 c sweet evaporated/condensed milk

3 c of shredded coconut

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp salt

Stir all ingredients together. Take a teaspoonful and put a drop on a greased baking sheet.

Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. (add ½ cup of Peanut butter if you wish too)

These are some of the ways I use my canned milk. Please be sure to add your ways and recipes in the comment section so we can all add them to our list.

 

This is an archive of: http://hillbillymom08.blogspot.com/2012/03/ways-to-use-your-canned-milk.html