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How to store canned milk - Evaporated and Sweetened Condensed Milk

Upside-down storage helps prolong shelf-life


Canned milk selection and storage

There are several brands to choose from, so it's pretty much a matter of personal preference when selecting evaporated or condensed milk. Cans or containers that are swollen should be avoided at all costs. Also avoid purchasing cans that are dented. Store in a cool, dark place away from heat. Since the milk solids can settle to the bottom, be sure to turn stored cans upside down every few weeks and use within six months.

My grandmother used to have a gadget that fit snugly over the top of the can like a lid and automatically punched opposing holes in the top of the milk can. This opener doubled as a sealing lid, albeit not airtight. You can achieve the same with a standard can opener, punching holes in opposite sides of the top to allow airflow for easy glug-free pouring. If you have leftovers to be stored, you can cover with plastic wrap secured with an elastic band or pour into an airtight container and refrigerate. Open cans exposed to air will pick up unwanted flavors from your refrigerator.

The same storage procedures go for sweetened condensed milk in general. Unlike evaporated milk, condensed milk usually does have an expiration date, so check the can label closely when purchasing. Both should always be refrigerated after opening. Due to its high sugar content, condensed milk will last longer after opening than evaporated milk, but use both optimally within five to seven days after opening.

Freezing of evaporated milk is not recommended. The milk solids separate from the water when thawed and no amount of stirring, shaking or blending will completely homogenize it back to its original texture.

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