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  • Question:

    Why is my NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk not white?

    Evaporated milk has a touch of golden color, and is not intended to be white like drinking milk. Evaporated milk is fresh milk which is gently heated to remove about half the water. This heating causes a "caramelization" of the natural milk sugars which helps to develop evaporated milk's full flavor and unique color.

  • Question:

    Can I use Evaporated Milk as a substitute for cream or half and half products?

    Evaporated milk is a great, convenient, lower fat substitute for various cream products! Use an equal amount of evaporated milk as a substitute for half and half, light cream, coffee cream or single cream products.

  • Question:

    What is the difference between Evaporated Milk and Sweetened Condensed Milk?

    Evaporated Milk has been processed to remove about half the water. There is no sugar added to this product. Sweetened Condensed Milk is milk that has about half the water removed and then has sugar added to it. These products should not be used as direct substitutes for one another.

  • Question:

    Why do I need to “Shake Well” before using NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk?

    As the product sits, milk solids may separate from the fluid milk. This separation in itself is not an indication that the milk is spoiled. It is simply a natural occurrence that can usually be corrected by shaking the can prior to opening or by stirring the contents after the milk has been poured into a container. However, during extended storage the milk solids may separate from the liquid and coagulate. The result is a lumpy, "curdled" appearance or watery product with milk solids settled in the bottom of the can. Separation will happen more quickly under warm storage conditions.

  • Question:

    How many cups are in one can of NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk?

    A 5 fluid ounce can is equal to 2/3 cup and a 12 fluid ounce can contains 1 ½ cups.

  • Question:

    Is NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk pasteurized or homogenized?

    The CARNATION® Evaporated Milks are made from fresh milk. All NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milks undergo pasteurization, homogenization and sterilization. Pasteurization is a process by which the milk is heated to a high temperature and then promptly cooled to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present without affecting the flavor and quality of the food. Homogenization is a process in which the milk fat is broken down in order to reduce the separation of cream. After canning, the cans are also sterilized, that is completely free of bacteria. They remain sterile as long as the can is unopened.

  • Question:

    Can I freeze unused NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk?

    Evaporated Milk can be frozen but it is not recommended because it becomes watery when it is thawed.

  • Question:

    Can I use NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk if it is past its "Best Before" date?

    Each can is labeled with a "Best Before" date. Product within its recommended shelf life has the best quality, freshness and performance. We do not recommend using the product beyond its shelf life because it does not meet our high quality standards.

  • Question:

    Do I need to refrigerate NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk after opening?

    Yes, NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk should be refrigerated after opening. As with any fresh milk, use within a few days. Wipe can top after each use and keep covered or transfer to an airtight glass or plastic container. We do not recommend that you freeze unused product because it becomes very watery when thawed.

  • Question:

    Can I use Evaporated Milk as a substitute for regular milk?

    For the same consistency as drinking milk, mix ½ cup Evaporated Milk and ½ cup water to make 1 cup of milk.

  • Question:

    How can I use Evaporated Milk for extra richness and creaminess in my recipes?

    Evaporated Milk is richer and creamier than the milk you drink. Therefore, for richer recipes – when your recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, use 1 cup of Evaporated Milk. Note: If you drink lowfat milk, use Lowfat Evaporated Milk to get the extra richness without adding additional fat to your recipe.

  • Question:

    How do I mix one glass of NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk?

    To mix one 8-ounce glass - add 1/3 cup to one 8 fluid ounce glass of water.

  • Question:

    Do I need to refrigerate reconstituted NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk?

    Yes. Just like regular fresh milk, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days.

  • Question:

    Does NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk contain lactose?

    8 fluid ounces of reconstituted product has 12g lactose. 23g dry product (1/3 cup dry) has 12g lactose.

  • Question:

    Is NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk pasteurized or homogenized?

    All NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk undergoes pasteurization and homogenization.

  • Question:

    Why is my NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk more dark and thick than I expected?

    As the product ages, it may begin to change color and thicken. Each can is labeled with a “Best Before” date. If your can is within its freshness date, it is safe to use and should not affect your recipe performance.

  • Question:

    How many cups are in one can of CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk?

    There are 1 ¼ cups of Sweetened Condensed Milk in a 14 oz. can.

  • Question:

    Is NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk supposed to be thick, sweet?

    NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk is whole milk from which 60% of the water has been removed and is sweetened with sugar. As a result, this product is very thick and very sweet.

  • Question:

    Is NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk pasteurized?

    NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk is pasteurized. Pasteurization is a process by which the milk is heated to a high temperature and then promptly cooled to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present without affecting flavor and quality of the food.

  • Question:

    Can I use NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk if it is past its "Best Before" date?

    Each can is labeled with a "Best Before" date. Product within its recommended shelf life has the best quality, freshness and performance. We do not recommend using the product beyond its shelf life because it does not meet our high quality standards.