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How Condensed Milk Gracefully Ages

Is Eagle Brand Milk okay to use if it's darker than normal? I just opened a can that is caramel color rather than the kind of cream color I consider normal. I'm making coconut macaroons to give to friends, and I want to make sure the milk isn't starting to go bad.

Despite our clever comment elsewhere about the nearly infinite shelf-life of condensed milk, most manufacturers let you store it for only about two years, and date the can to make sure you know the limit.

Condensed milk may indeed darken as it ages and it may also thicken noticeably. According to the manufacturers we checked, though, all that matters is the "freshness date." If the can says it's fresh, it's fine to use.

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