Question about condensed milk...

I am going to make a recipe for mac and cheese with cauliflower tonight and it calls for condensed milk. I am only familiar with the super sweet variety, which I would imagine, would taste too sweet with mac and cheese. The recipe doesn't specify "sweentened" at all, so shoudl I assume it is, or perhaps should I try condensed milK or something less sweet?

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sixelagogo
sixelagogo January 21, 2012

would NOT use condensed milk..my guess is that yer recipe writer was either crazy or made the mistake of saying condensed milk instead of EVAPORATED.

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lorigoldsby
lorigoldsby January 21, 2012

The difference between the two is there is sugar in the condensed milk. Not knowing which recipe you are using...the only reason I can guess they would call for the condensed milk is if they are trying to disguise the taste of overcooked cauliflower? If its not roasted to produce a natural carmelized sweetness, it can be bitter if overcooked. Sometimes cooks who advocate "hiding" veggies in kids' foods, resort to tricks like this.

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Slow Cooked Pittsburgh
Slow Cooked Pittsburgh January 21, 2012

I've gotten out of using evaporated or condensed milk, trying to stay away from things that are pre-processed. You can make your own by simmering milk or cream gently until it starts to thicken (about 1/2 hour, without sugar for evaporated, with sugar for condensed, might need to simmer longer). Just as an aside, I use regular milk or cream when i make mac 'n cheese, in your recipe you probably can too.

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