Homemade evaporated milk is a nice substitute when you don’t have a can of evaporated milk at home.
If you add some sugar after cooking, you can make sweetened condensed milk. For sugar-free version, use sugar substitute like stevia or Splenda.
- FOR EVAPORATED MILK:
- 1 liter (1 quart) milk - dairy or nondairy
- FOR CONDENSED MILK:
- 200 g sugar or sugar substitute equivalent to 1 cup sugar, stevia or 1 1/2 cup Splenda or some other sweetener
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
In a heavy-bottomed (9 inch, 24 cm) pan, bring the milk to a boil over medium-low heat.
Put the heat as low as it can go and simmer (stirring often to keep the milk from burning) for about 1 hour and 15 minutes (if you use smaller pan or pot you will need to cook longer). The goal is to reduce the quantity of milk by approximately 60 %.
This is your evaporated milk. To make condensed milk, at this point add your sugar substitute of choice, vanilla extract and butter. Remove from heat and let cool before using. The mixture will thicken some more after it has cooled.