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a spoon scooping evaporated milk from a jar

1 Ingredient Evaporated Milk Recipe

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Dessert
  • Method: Simmered
  • Cuisine: American, Puerto Rican
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Learn how to make your own evaporated milk with just one ingredient and a few easy steps. This recipe is easy to make using any kind of traditional milk or vegan alternatives and comes together in less than 30 minutes. It’s a useful ingredient to use as a thickener and sweetener in baked goods, savory dishes and more!


  • 2 cups whole milk (or your favorite plant based milk)


  1. Reduce milk. Add milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer before reducing to low and simmering for about 30 minutes. Mix occasionally. You will know it’s done when it has reduced by about half and develops a rich beige color.milk simmering in a pot
  2. Store. Strain through cheesecloth or a mesh strainer to remove any solids. Cool and store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.a jar of evaporated milk on a counter


The ratio goes as follows: you will need to start with twice the amount of milk to make the appropriate amount of evaporated milk.

In other words:

  • if you need 1 cup of evaporated milk, start with 2 cups of milk
  • if you need 2 cups of evaporated milk, start with 4 cups of milk
  • if you need 3 cups of evaporated milk, start with 6 cups of milk, and so on