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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Evaporated Milk went bad

This week, I opened some evaporated milk I had purchased in 2011.  Evaporated milk is usually a pale beige color, but this looked very yellow.  After pouring it all out, there was about a 1/4" - 1/2" inch layer of stuff in the bottom of the can that was of a consistency like pudding.  I said, "That can't be good," and I threw it away.

Then I opened another can, also purchased in 2011, and the same thing happened.  I was very disappointed that I had wasted two cans of evaporated milk.  They were stored inside my house at room temperature, so I expected them to last about two years at least.  I wonder what happened to make them go bad.  I will have to investigate this further.


  1. I don't think it was bad,it just separated. Like the liquid on top of yogurt or sour cream. Look at the can they almost always say "shake before opening". If it smelled good and the lid wasn't bulging I am sure it was just fine.

  2. Amy the milk was likely still just fine. When storing evap. milk you need to turn the cans over every couple of months or so to avoid things settling to the bottom. Giving them a shake will also do the trick. You would be able to smell and tast an off odor and flavor if it has truly gone ba. You can usually store them for a good long time.

  3. Mine do that too. Whenever I walk past the cans, I flip them. That helps. You really need to shake them up. It is still good to use.