Evaporated milk is one of those food storage items that I know I should have, but I don't have a lot of recipes to use it up and rotate. As a challenge I went on a search for ways to use evaporated milk. It is recommended that you store 3 cans per person per year of evaporated milk, IF you use it. Don't worry if you don't have any, or if you run out, because you can make your own. Follow this recipe.
Homemade Evaporated Milk (from everydayfoodstorage.net)
1-1/2 C water
1/2 C + 1 T dry powdered milk
Blend VERY WELL in blender. Makes one 12oz can.
Now onto some yummy food recipes:
Italian Meatballs (from The Essential Food Storage Cookbook)
1-1/2 lbs ground turkey or ground beef
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c. evaporated milk
3/4 C. dry bread crumbs
1/3 C. Parmesan cheese
2 T dried parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. onion powder
1/2 t basil
1/4 t thyme
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients thoroughly. Toll into 1-1/2 " meatballs (about 24) Place on a greased jelly roll pan with sides. Bake for 20 minutes until browned.
Vanilla Ambrosia Ice Cream (from the Essential Food Storage Cookbook)
4 eggs, beaten well
1-1/2 C sugar
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 cans (12oz size) evaporated milk
2 T vanilla
1 t salt
1 C powdered milk (reconstituted)
In a 2qt pitcher mix eggs, sugar, milks, vanilla, salt, and powdered milk until well combined. Add enough water to make 2 quarts total and mix well. Pour into ice cream maker and process according to directions. May need to freeze for several hours before serving. Serves 8-10 (can stir in chocolate chips or crushed candy bars before freezing)
Egg-Chili Casserole (from the Essential Food Storage Cookbook)
1 can (12oz) evaporated milk
1-1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/2 C shredded Jack cheese
4 T biscuit/baking mix
1 4oz. can diced green chilies
1 C. chunky salsa
Preheat oven to 325. In a large bowl mix eggs, milk, cheeses, biscuit mix, and chilies. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until just set. Then top with spoonfuls of the chunky salsa spread over the top. Return to oven for about 10 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn't overcook. Serves 6
I hope these recipes give you some new life for evaporated milk. They are simple and quick recipes too. Watch for this and other baking items to be on sale in December. It is the number one baking month of the whole year. And I buy all my baking supplies for the year during this month.
December Self-Reliant Goals:
Long Term Goal: Sugar and Flour
3 Month Supply Goal: Keep watching the sales for the items that your family uses.
Water Goal: keep storing until you have at least 14 gallons per person.
72 Hour Kits Goal: Warmth! Make sure you have sleeping bags for everyone. Recreation Outlet on 3160 S. State has children's 0 degrees sleeping bags for only $34.95. Stock up on those little hand warmers that you just have to open to heat up. The silver emergency blankets are also a must for your kits. Both these items should be in your car kits as well. Chap stick and lotion would be great items to add as well. Chapped lips can be beyond irritating.
Keep up the great work! Please leave me a comment if there is a topic or item that you would like me to post on.