You’ve seen them sharing space on grocery store shelves, both flaunting the name ‘milk’ on their labels, but neither tasting quite right in your Cheerios. Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are both technically milk, with a few modifications.
Evaporated Milk vs Condensed Milk
Both are the result of removing about 60% of the water content from whole milk — think milk concentrate. With evaporated milk, you can add an equal amount of water and use it like regular milk. You’ll likely notice a different taste and darker color resulting from evaporated milk being heated slightly to extend shelf life and prevent bacteria growth.
Sweetened condensed milk has added sugar, giving it a darker color, sweeter flavor and thicker, syrupy consistency. It can’t be used like regular milk. It’s typically reserved for adding richness or creaminess to desserts.
Survivalists everywhere will appreciate the fact that neither evaporated nor sweetened condensed milk requires refrigeration until they’re opened.