Evaporated Milk
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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 made from 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.

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

Evaporated milk is a great, convenient, 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.

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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.

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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’s simply a natural occurrence that can usually be corrected by shaking the can before opening or by stirring the contents after the milk has been poured into a container.

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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.

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Is NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk pasteurized or homogenized?

The CARNATION® Evaporated Milks are made from 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 and the contents remain sterile as long as the can is unopened.

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Can I freeze unused NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk?

We do not recommend freezing evaporated milk because it becomes watery when it is thawed.

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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. Clean 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 products because it becomes very watery when thawed.

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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 regular drinking milk.

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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 low fat milk, use Low fat Evaporated Milk to get the extra richness without adding as much additional fat to your recipe.

Sweetened Condensed Milk
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Why is my NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk darker and thicker 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 “Best Before” date, it is safe to use and should not affect your recipe performance.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Shelf Life and Storage
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What is the shelf life for NESTLÉ® Baking Products?

All of our NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, LIBBY’S® and CARNATION® products have a “Best By”, “Use or Freeze By”, “Best If Used By”, or “Best Before” date printed on the packaging. Product within shelf life has the best quality and performance. We do not recommend using products beyond the date indicated on the package.

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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 and performance. We do not recommend using the product beyond its shelf life.

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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 and performance. We do not recommend using the product beyond its shelf life.

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How do I read the code stamped on my NESTLE® Baking Products?

We recommend using our products before their best by dates stamped on all of our products. Once the date has passed we encourage you to replace the older product with a new product.

 

However the series of numbers stamped before or after the best by date is what we call the manufacturing/date code. The Julian date coding we use is commonly used in the food industry. This date coding communicates more than recommended shelf life. It calls out the exact date the product was manufactured. These codes allow us to track each batch of product. The first number is the year the product was produced. The next three numbers identify the day it was produced, according to the Julian calendar.

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Do I need to refrigerate NESTLÉ® CARNATION® milk after opening?

Yes, NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk should be refrigerated after opening. As with any 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 products because it becomes very watery when thawed.

Fudge Kit
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Can I add peanut butter to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge?

Yes. 1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter can be added with the marshmallows and morsels. This may make the fudge a little softer.

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How do I store fudge?

Cut fudge into smaller pieces, wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator.

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Can I freeze fudge?

Wrap fudge in waxed paper, overwrap with foil, and place in a heavy-duty resealable freezer bag. Refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 8 weeks. Unwrap fudge completely before thawing.

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