Evaporated Milk for Recipes I


Equivalent: 1½ cups of Evaporated Milk

Directions: Put 3 cups of soy or rice milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the volume is reduced to 1 & 1/2 cups.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Hi. I am working on freeing my fudge from lactose, and I basically have two options for subbing the evaporated milk: boil down some almond or rice milk as suggested above, or try canned coconut milk. Have you ever tried to make fudge with either of those options? If I used coconut milk, I’m not sure whether to use the thicker milk from the can, the thinner milk, or mix them together and use that… Thoughts?

    • Hi Rachel, yes! I make fudge with canned coconut milk all the time! I typically use full-fat coconut milk. You might be able to use one light can, one full-fat can, but I haven’t tried that. It would really depend on the recipe, too. If you are worried about coconut flavor, just add a touch more vanilla.

  2. My grand daughter was recently diagnosed with a “nickel’ allergy. We cannot use canned foods. My question is……….what can we use as evaporated milk to make a pumpkin pie…..(using a fresh pumpkin). thank you

  3. I am making my own creme brûlée coffee creamer using evaporated milk but I’m lactose intolerant. The recipe calls for 12oz can of evaporated milk and 1/2 cup of brown sugar and bring to a boil. Can I use Vanilla Almond milk instead?

    • I would use evaporated dairy-free milk or light canned coconut milk for a cheater option. A carton milk beverage is too thin for most recipes that call for evaporated milk, I’ve found.

  4. Alisa – I tried making custard with Almond milk and it came out grainy and just terrible. Are you sure that you can make a sufficient evap milk substiture for things like pumpkin pie and have it come out properly?

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