Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Condensed and Evaporated Milk

As the Christmas baking season has commenced, I thought I would post my research findings on condensed and evaporated milk here in Germany.  I know several of my recipes call for one or the other...

In the coffee section of most stores you can find something called Kondensmilch, which I believe is what we would call evaporated milk - meaning that most of the moisture has been removed.  It will be sweeter and thicker than regular milk because it has been evaporated.

But what we call Condensed Milk, is also usually cooked down further, and more sugar is added, so that it is even thicker and sweeter than evaporated milk. 

Some posts say that you can find Kondensmilch with sugar added, so if your German is good enough, reading the label might tell you.

Other posts reccomended a Nestlé product of condensed sweetened milk in tubes and cans under the brand "Milchmädchen".

And another post suggested using the cans of Bären Marke you can find in the coffee section, but I haven't checked the label on this one, so do so first!

And last, but not least... you can always make it.  For a recipe, click HERE.


Anonymous said...

FYI- The translation of "kondensmilche" is condensed milk.

me in de! said...

dear anonymous,
fyi - you can't always rely on direct translations. kondensmilche in German isn't the same product as condensed milk as we know it in the English baking world