Vegan Evaporated and Condensed Milk – {101 Series}

I decided to take on Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie veganizing only the evaporated milk and replacing the eggs in a little experiment (which you can view here).

Evaporated Milk is merely milk with 60% of water removed.  It differs from Condensed Milk only in that condensed milk contains sugar, salt and vanilla.

You could use any non-dairy milk (i.e. coconut, soy, etc.)  I happen to love So Delicious Dairy Free Almond Milk.  I am unsure how rice milk would react in this process as it is much thinner in consistency, but you could certainly try it.

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Above you’ll see our “before” picture…straight out of the carton.

Over medium-high heat, whisking frequently to avoid sticking or scorching, simmer the milk until it reduces by 60%

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

A bubbling simmer is ok, a rolling boil is not.  You will first notice big bubbles with a foamy top.

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

As you get closer, that all changes.  The color deepens, the foam is gone and the bubbles become very small. I kept a measuring cup on hand to be able to know when I was close to the 2-1/2 C goal.

This is a time-consuming process, but if you are present in the kitchen doing other things, it’s not a big deal. This took me about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.  I have heard that you can do this entire process in a slow cooker.  Sign me up!  Soooo much easier.  Next time 🙂

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

The end result was 2-1/2 C of thick, sweet, yummy condensed milk.  You can skip the extra ingredients and just go with evaporated milk.  The process remains the same.  But this just proves it can be done.

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Now that we’ve accomplished it….let’s move onto the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Copycat Recipe – vegan style! 🙂

Libby's Pumpkin Pie Copycat Recipe

Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Copycat Recipe

Vegan Evaporated & Condensed Milk

Vegan Evaporated and Condensed Milk - {101 Series)

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Servings 2 -1/2 C

Ingredients

  • TO MAKE EVAPORTED MILK:
  • Begin with 6 C of Almond Milk reduced by 60% about 2-1/2 C
  • *
  • TO MAKE CONDENSED MILK
  • Begin with 6 C of Almond Milk 1 C Sugar & 1 tsp of Salt reduced by 60% (about 2-1/2 C)
  • Add 1 tsp of Vanilla after cooking

Instructions

  1. Both recipe processes are the same.
  2. In a large sauce pot over medium high heat, simmer 6 C of almond milk until reduced by 60%. Whisk frequently to avoid scorching.
  3. A rolling simmer is ok, but a rolling boil is not.
  4. Lower the heat as the mixture reduces down.
  5. The reduction process can take up to 2 hours.
  6. The completed product can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

 

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