Chef’s Tip: August 2015

Chef’s Tip: August 2015

Sweetened Condensed Milk (SCM)

We think you should always have a can or two of sweetened condensed milk in your pantry. Sweetened condensed milk is a mixture of milk & sugar that has been heated until about 60 percent of the water is evaporated. The resulting product is thick, sticky and ultra sweet. Sweetened condensed milk should not be confused with evaporated milk, that is a completely different product. Evaporated milk has no sugar added, so it’s basically unsweetened condensed milk.

Have a recipe that calls for SCM but you don’t use it all ? No problem! An open can will keep in the fridge for about a month, even longer in the freezer. Just be sure to transfer the leftover liquid out of the can & into a clean jar so it doesn’t taste “tinny”. For a treat, stir leftover SCM into your iced coffee with a pinch of cinnamon, add it to a marinade for pork or chicken, just as you would sugar or honey. Or simmer the condensed milk on low heat over a double boiler until the liquid turns dark & thick, turning it into an incredible dulce de leche – chill & you will be putting on absolutely everything!

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