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A Beginner’s Guide To Using Evaporated And Condensed Milk When Cooking

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Sometimes there are food items that seem so similar, we might think we could use any of them instead of the other. Evaporated milk and condensed milk are two of those types of items. So can they be used for the same things or not? Let’s find out.

The simple answer to this question is: there are plenty of differences between evaporated milk and condensed milk. So, you shouldn’t substitute one for the other. I am giving you the answer right off the bat, but I think you should always know why an answer to a kitchen question goes one way or the other. For me, understanding the chemistry and how things work together has vastly helped my processes in the kitchen.

Maybe you have both of them in your kitchen and you are not sure what each of them does and that’s where we come in with that. They both seem to be canned milk, right? But there are remarkable differences between them.

Condensed Milk or Evaporated Milk: What Should You Use?
You can add condensed milk to cake mix, for instance.

Evaporated milk – what does it do?

This is a variety of unsweetened milk which is preserved in cans. It was invented back when refrigerators were not accessible to any family out there, they were more like a luxury and people had to figure out how to preserve the milk so that their kids got the daily calcium they needed. Or thought they needed.

How is it made though? The milk is simmered slowly over low heat until about 60 percent of its water content evaporates. Then the result, what we call evaporated milk, is creamier and thicker. Manufacturers then homogenize, sterilize and package the milk.

You can use it instead of milk if you dilute it with a bit of water after you open the can. Use it for mac and cheese or to make mashed potatoes, for instance. If you don’t dilute it, you can use it instead of cream and it has less fat than that.

How about condensed milk?

Condensed milk or, more accurately, sweetened condensed milk, is made through a similar process as evaporated milk. The one extra step to the process is adding sugar to it, to sweeten it, obviously. So it’s not the healthiest product out there. What would we make with it? To be honest, dulce de leche is the main thing and one of my favorite desserts. You can use it as cream and drizzle it over many desserts, for a simple yet effective touch.

You can make condensed milk at home by simmering regular milk with some sugar and letting the water evaporate.

What do they have in common?

As I said, the process of making them is quite similar until the step of adding sugar. But another thing they have in common is the shelf-life: they both last for about a year in your pantry. After you open the cans though you should keep them in your refrigerator and use them in five days at the most.

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Article by Ruxandra Grecu from So Delicious. View the original article here.

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This Salon Is Using Nutella To Dye Hair [WATCH]

When I heard that a beauty salon was putting Nutella on their patron’s hair, I thought maybe it was some new weird way to condition, or moisturize it, but they’re actually claiming the hazelnut spread can act as a dye.

Abed & Samer Beauty Salon in Beirut, Labanon, scoops spoonfuls of Nutella directly onto hair, then drizzles condensed milk over it for a delicious change in color.

In the video demonstration, the dessert is applied on a blonde woman, with the results being an effective switch to a lighter shade of caramel.

If you’re questioning the validity of this dying method, there’s actually a chance this could be legit, according to hair colorist Aura Friedman’s knowledge.

Friedman told Cosmopolitan, “I imagine that just as chocolate would stain if you got it on your clothing, it might do the same on hair. I’m sure the oil from the hazelnuts would somewhat condition the hair, though it might be a hassle to get it out of the hair after.”

The salon owner Abed Allahitani said that the lighter Nutella treatment can last up to three weeks, but if he makes the color a bit darker, it will last even longer.

So if you’re looking to experiment with a new color, Nutella, per usual, might be your best friend.


Cinnamon Chocolate Sheet Cake with Nutella Icing

With the month of June upon us, if you’re acquainted with young people, you’ll undoubtedly be visiting quite a few graduation parties this time of year. In my case, this past week I’ve been barraged with several, all of which displaying their respective cake prowess.

Of all the cakes I tried, not a one featured God’s gift to desserts — Nutella! Thankfully, this photo of Chocolate Sheet Cake with Nutella Icing will have to tide me over!

This simple cinnamon and chocolate sheet cake is made unique with a Nutella exterior that consists of  sweetened condensed milk and butter! You could server this cake chilled, but I’d prefer it room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! What you think? (Recipe @ MissInTheKitchen)


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Toasted Coconut Lime Bars

If you’re trying to fulfill that sweet tooth without putting on the extra pounds, go with some light and satisfying lemon bars. Not ordinary lemon bars though… preferably these  Toasted Coconut Lime Bars! The crust on these squares are made with toasted coconut and graham crackers. They are topped off with a mixture of condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs. Oh yeah, can’t forget the colorful lime zest on top! I’ll squeeze the most out of those bars, believe that! (Thx GingerbreadBagels)

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Rum Balls

If you are working those long hard summer days, or just need a quick alcoholic pick me up this is your snack of choice! These little goodies are made out of biscuit crumbs, cocoa powder, coconut, condensed milk and the rum! Chill out these bad boys and roll them into small balls and bake em! You could defiantly serve these with some hot chocolate or even a glass of Kahlua! (Thx C&C)


Guppy House: Oreo Shaved Ice


The other night after hitting a couple of bars with Elie and the crew, we decided to swing by this spot called Guppy House. Elie had been here before and he recommended I get the small shaved ice. When he said small he didn’t mention that it was still the size of a large baby. About 8 pounds of shaved ice, oreos and condensed milk make this an awesome late night treat!