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Just did a quick check (Canadian brands):

1 tablespoon of evaporated milk = 30 calories

1 tablespoon of half&half = 17.5 calories

That's strange. Evap milk is just milk that has 60% of the water removed and can vary in caloric value depending on whether it's from whole milk, low fat, skim, etc. The can I have in the fridge right now is 20 calories/T.

Half and half is half milk, half cream; it can vary a little in butterfat content but every brand of half and half I've checked also shows 20 calories/T.

Maybe Canada has different definitions of the products? (these are taken from the Epicurious online dictionary).

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Just did a quick check (Canadian brands):

1 tablespoon of evaporated milk = 30 calories

1 tablespoon of half&half = 17.5 calories

That's strange. Evap milk is just milk that has 60% of the water removed and can vary in caloric value depending on whether it's from whole milk, low fat, skim, etc. The can I have in the fridge right now is 20 calories/T.

Half and half is half milk, half cream; it can vary a little in butterfat content but every brand of half and half I've checked also shows 20 calories/T.

Maybe Canada has different definitions of the products? (these are taken from the Epicurious online dictionary).

Doing a recheck.

Half&half: Neilson,10% cream, 2Tbsp = 35 calories. (the other brand we use is 40 calories although I don't know why)

Evaporated milk (am checking 3 brands, 2 Canadian, 1 American)

Kroger: 2 Tbsp = 40 calories

Compliments: 1 Tbsp = 20 calories (or 2 = 40)

No Name: 1 Tbsp = 30 calories (or 2 = 60 calories)

OK. Very strange. My first time around, I simply grabbed a can...No Name...and didn't look at the others. The ingredient list is the same, in the same order, and the Nutrition Facts label is identical except for the caloric values. :hmmm: Nope, almost... The No Name has 1/3 less sodium than the Complimentsand also 4 X the carbohydrates.

Wait...that's for the two Canadian cans. The Kroger can has a different Nutrition Facts label and also a different list of ingredients. Very strange....The Kroger can contains twice the fat, and twice the cholesterol, and twice the protein, three times the sugars and yet...

Perhaps a taste test is in order. Perhaps not. I don't like the taste of evaporated milk. I think I'll go do something completely different... :raz:

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Perhaps a taste test is in order. Perhaps not. I don't like the taste of evaporated milk. I think I'll go do something completely different... :raz:

I don't care for the taste of it on its own either. But I do think it's better than fresh milk for many cooking uses. Gravy, as mentioned above, among others.

And every really great recipe I personally have ever tried for oyster stew calls for it.

I think that, like just about every other food ingredient I can think of, it can be valuable in some applications.

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Canned tomatoes, because I'm very picky with them, having parents who always had a garden plot growing up. I have no problem admitting that with a certain few foods, I NEED them fresh-picked, at the peak of ripeness, namely tomatoes and strawberries, or I won't eat them. They taste too fake otherwise, and unfortunately, they're terribly hard to find in supermarkets because they go bad so quickly after that. And I feel the texture is better in sauces than using a very juicy/watery fresh tomato, and the taste is less acidic.

Growing up, my parents almost never used canned veggies, so I guess I almost always prefer fresh. But the boyfriend makes a delicious green bean casserole with ingredients 100% out of cans or jars (maybe this should go in the hall of shame...) and I absolutely love it and am afraid of asking him to try it with fresh beans, because I love the soft texture of the canned ones as is.

I also like canned peaches when they're out of season, but nothing beats a juicy fresh peach in season. With pineapples, I really can't tell much difference, as long as they're well drained and cool. And I suck at cutting them up, and the canned ones never leave bits of core.

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Instead of canned green beans, why not just use fresh haricots verts? They're not entirely the same, but better in every way!

I think canned green beans taste awful. They're too soft, and have that wretched canned taste. Too bad every Southern cuisine restaurant prefers to use them.

The only thing I can think of that's better is canned tomatoes for some sauce and garbanzos for hummus or salad.. Most canned vegetables make me want to gag although I can eat some; beets, and corn.

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