Convenient Evaporated Milk Substitutes You Can Make in No Time

Evaporated milk substitute
An evaporated milk substitute is useful when canned evaporated milk is not available, or if you are out of evaporated milk and urgently need a substitute to prepare a dish. Coconut milk gives a nice creamy texture, however, we cannot ignore the coconut-flavor it imparts to dishes. If you like the flavor, it's great, but if not, you need to keep this in mind while substituting.
Evaporated milk, also called dehydrated milk, is fresh, homogenized milk from which 60% of the water has been removed. Unlike condensed milk which is prepared from pasteurized milk, and is not heat-processed, evaporated milk is sterilized through a particular heat and vacuum process, which makes it more concentrated than whole milk.
The milk prepared contains higher fat and protein content than whole milk, and so it is processed into whole, low-fat or skim varieties, depending upon the amount of fat contained in the product. Evaporated milk can withstand high temperatures without curdling, hence, this makes it great for adding creaminess to thick sauces, puddings and other dessert recipes.

Evaporated milk is often confused with condensed milk, however, both are very different. Condensed milk contains added sugar, however, evaporated milk on the other hand has no added sugar. Then how is evaporated milk sweeter? Well, evaporated milk is nothing but regular milk, with less amount of water. The sweetness is due to the sugars naturally present in the milk, which stands out even more when the water content has been reduced. Evaporated milk adds richness to various dishes, which is why it is called for in many recipes.
Evaporated Milk Alternatives
Before we head into the different evaporated milk substitutes, it is important to understand that the substitutes won't give the same flavor, but will work fine in recipes that call for evaporated milk. So keeping this in mind, let's move ahead.
regular milk
Quantity of Evaporated Milk Required: 1 cup

To be Replaced with: 2¼ cup regular milk

Procedure: Heat regular milk in a saucepan and reduce it, till only a cup of milk is left behind (on low to medium heat). Your evaporated milk substitute is ready.

Keep in Mind: Evaporating the milk in a wider saucepan, will help take less time. Don't worry if the color of the evaporated milk is darker. It will not be white, because the natural milk sugars have caramelized.
dry milk powder
Quantity of Evaporated Milk Required: 1 cup

To be Replaced with: 1½ cup non-fat dry milk powder + 1½ cup water

Procedure: Mix the dry milk powder in the amount of water specified.

Keep in Mind: Since evaporated milk prepared from dry milk powder is cheaper, most people find it economical to use this substitute, instead of canned evaporated milk.
soy milk
Quantity of Evaporated Milk Required: 1 cup

To be Replaced with: 2 cup rice milk/soy milk

Procedure: Reduce rice or soy milk in a saucepan, over medium heat, without allowing it to boil. Reduce the volume until you get only a cup of rice/soy milk, and use it in the recipe.

Keep in Mind: Rice milk and soy milk are both on the watery side, as compared to the thicker evaporated milk. So while substituting, make sure you keep this fact in mind. You can add cornstarch to increase the thickness.
Condensed milk cannot be used as a substitute for evaporated milk, because condensed milk contains a lot of additional sugar. Even in desserts, if a recipe calls for evaporated milk, condensed milk should not be used as a substitute. The sugar proportion will go terribly wrong! Moreover, you also shouldn't substitute cream for evaporated milk. The whole purpose of adding evaporated milk to recipes, is to improve texture without adding unwanted calories. Evaporated milk has a shelf life of months or even years, and doesn't require refrigeration until opened. So get some cans and store them in your kitchen cupboard.