What’s the difference between condensed milk and evaporated milk?

Evaporated milk is literally milk that has had 50% of the water removed, or evaporated, through heating.  The result is a thick and creamy version of milk with more concentrated proteins.  It comes in cans, which means the shelf life is much longer than fresh milk that you keep in the fridge.  You can use evaporated milk in recipes where you would normally use milk or cream to give it a richer taste.  In a pinch, you could add some water to it to thin it out a bit and voila…you’ve got milk again.

Condensed milk is the same thing, except usually when you see something with the condensed milk label, it is sweetened.  So sweetened condensed milk is evaporated milk with alot of sugar added.  This is used in some baking recipes and if cooked long enough on the stove, will turn into dulce de leche. Rachael uses this in her 5 Minute Bread Pudding and her 5 Minute Fudge Wreath. 

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