How Condensed and Evaporated Milk Differs

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condensed milk and evaporated milk in containers

Do you know the difference between condensed and evaporated milk? Many cooks confuse evaporated milk and condensed milk. It’s very easy to do, considering they are both packaged in cans that look similar. Also, both types of milk add a special richness to recipes.

Condensed milk and Evaporated milk are both concentrated forms of milk. This means that approximately 60 percent of the water has been removed. The sugar content is the big difference between the two. Condensed milk is sweetened, and will say so on the label. This milk is about 40 percent sugar, according to Some brands offer a fat-free option. The color is deeper than evaporated milk. Evaporated milk is unsweetened.

There are many uses for Condensed milk. Some that you can try is, making ice cream, adding to coffee, and desserts, such as “Tres Leches” cake. Condensed milk is more beneficial than using sugar alone to boost the calorie content of those that actually need to add calories. It is also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and protein.

Evaporated milk also has benefits for health. It contains calcium, vitamins A and D, as well as protein. It can also be purchased in skim, 1 or 2 percent, or homogenized options, for those that want to lower fat content. Evaporated milk is great in sauces and stews, it can be mixed with an egg to make a coating for bread, and like condensed milk, it is great in coffee and “Tres Leches” cake.