As rare as Milnot is, it is not unusual to find it listed as an ingredient in a recipe. Luckily, there are a few great substitutes for it.
1. Evaporated Milk
The top choice for Milnot substitute is evaporated milk. It makes sense as Milnot itself is a type of evaporated milk but uses oil instead of butterfat or animal fat. Thus, Milnot is an evaporated filled milk. The production of evaporated milk involves whole milk undergoing several procedures or reactions.
Evaporated milk is the product of evaporating, concentrating, homogenizing, and sterilizing whole milk. The process reduces the water content of the original milk by about 60%. Besides whole milk, low-fat and skim can be used to make evaporated milk.
Aside from being a Milnot substitute, evaporated milk is also used to replace fresh milk. It has several recipe applications, such as chowder, pies, cakes, waffles, salad dressings, sauces, and of course, the ever-famous Milnot cheesecake.
How Do You Use Evaporated Milk as a Milnot Substitute?
Here are the steps for using evaporated milk as a Milnot substitute:
- Chill the evaporated milk by placing it inside the freezer for at least twenty minutes.
- Substitute 1 part of Milnot with 1 part of evaporated milk (1:1 ratio).
- Use as needed.
Evaporated milk is much easier to find than Milnot. It can be bought online or in grocery stores.
These are the best-selling evaporated Milk Brands on Amazon.com:
- Carnation: Carnation is a famous food brand by Nestle. Carnation Evaporated Milk which can be bought on Amazon and, of course, any grocery store. It’s been produced since 1899, contains added Vitamin D, and is widely used for cooking mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and other dishes.
- 365: The 365 Evaporated Milk is from Whole Foods Market. It also has added Vitamin D. Aside from that, it is certified as USDA Organic, and the can lining is free from Bisphenol-A.
- Pet: The Pet Evaporated Milk has added Vitamin D.
- Meyenberg: The Meyenberg Evaporated Goat Milk is an alternative to cow milk and soy-based products. It has good protein content, high calcium, low sodium, and is gluten-free.
2. Whipping Cream
The composition of Milnot makes it “whippable,” even at room temperature, making it suitable for recipes like no-bake cheesecake. If you’re going for these kinds of dishes, using whipped cream in place of Milnot is the route.
Whipping cream is similar to heavy cream and forms a firm, light, and fluffy structure when whipped. It may also be referred to as Chantilly cream. It is used mainly as a topping for desserts, like cakes, drinks, pies, and many more.
Heavy cream is so similar to whipping cream that it is even called heavy whipping cream. However, they have different levels of fat content, with heavy cream having more of it. This difference leads to a less sturdy or firm whipped cream structure.
How Do You Use Whipping Cream as a Milnot Substitute?
Whipping cream can be used as a direct substitute for Milnot. The ratio for such substitutions is 1 part whipping cream for every 1 part Milnot (1:1). Use a whisk or electric mixer when whipping the cream. There may be differences in flavor, though, but they are not too apparent.
These are the best-selling whipping cream brands on Amazon.com:
- Happy Belly: The Happy Belly Heavy Whipping Cream is ultra-pasteurized with 36% fat content. It is also kosher and offers a satisfaction guarantee (i.e., you’ll be refunded if you’re unhappy with the product).
- Organic Valley: Also offers its own ultra-pasteurized Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream. The brand’s edge is that it is certified as organic by USDA, meaning it is not made using GMOs, antibiotics, pesticides, and artificial hormones. Besides that, it is also vegetarian, kosher, and halal.
- Horizon Organic: The Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream is also USDA-certified. It is also considered vegetarian and kosher.
3. Milk With Half-and-Half
If you are looking for a substitute whose flavors don’t overpower the dish, a mixture of milk and half-and-half will do wonders. Compared to evaporated milk, milk is thinner while half-and-half is thicker. Combining the two in specific ratios may allow you to reach the exact consistency of Milnot.
Half-and-half is a product made from whole milk and cream. The ratio for making half-and-half is one part of whole milk for one part of cream, hence the name. It’s used for drinks, ice cream, and other recipes. While it can be bought, you can also prepare it yourself.
How Do You Use Milk With Half-and-Half as a Milnot Substitute?
You can use any regular milk for the Milnot substitute mixture. For every 1 part of evaporated milk needed, mix ¾ cup of milk with ¼ cup of half-and-half. The half-and-half can be made yourself or bought.
If you wish to make your own half-and-half, fill a cup with 1 part whole milk followed by 1 part heavy cream. You can use a measuring cup with a 1-cup capacity to make measurements easier. Just store the rest and use it when needed.
These are the best-selling milk brands on Amazon.com:
- Lactaid: The Lactaid Whole Milk is a kosher, gluten-free, soy-free, and lactose-free product, making it great for lactose-intolerant individuals. It is also made from 100% dairy. It also provides calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D.
- Organic Valley: The Organic Valley Grassmilk Fat-Free Milk is a great option if you’re trying to slightly lower fat in your diet. It comes from grass-fed cows, making it a healthier alternative.
- Horizon Organic: The Horizon Organic Growing Years Whole Milk contains DHA Omega-3, aside from the standard milk nutrients, like prebiotics, calcium, choline, and vitamins. This milk is USDA-certified to be organic and free from GMOs. It is also considered kosher and vegetarian.
These are the best-selling half-and-half brands on Amazon.com:
- 365: The 365 by Whole Foods Market also has its own 365 Organic Half-and-Half. It is USDA-certified, kosher, and vegetarian.
- Happy Belly: The Happy Belly Half-and-Half is ultra-pasteurized, kosher, and Grade A. Like their whipping cream, they have a satisfaction guarantee for their Half-and-Half.
The best substitutes for Milnot:
- Evaporated milk
- Whipping cream
- Milk with Half-and-Half
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