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Q: I have a can of Nestlé Top ‘N’ Fill, how do I use it? Does it need to be cooked?

A: Nestlé Top‘N’ Fill has been designed to be used straight from the can and does not require further cooking. Heating the product will cause it to become thinner in consistency and go runny.  

Q: Can I whip Carnation Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk?

A: The Carnation Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk cannot be whipped like the Carnation Creamy Evaporated Milk as it has a lower fat content. It is the fat that is needed to hold the air bubbles when whipping it.

Q: Can I whip Nestlé Reduced Cream?

A: Unfortunately, this product is not suitable for whipping due to its lower fat content.

Q: I used to have a recipe for mayonnaise using the Carnation/Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk, but I can’t find my copy of it. How do I make it?

A: 1 x 395g can Carnation/Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk1 tsp salt1 cup white vinegar2 tsp dry mustardCombine all ingredients together in a bowl, stir until mayonnaise thickens.

Q: For many years I boiled the cans of Carnation/Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk to make caramel but I understand it is no longer recommended, as it is not safe. Is there another way to make caramel?

A: 1 x 395g can Carnation/Nestlé Sweetened Condensed Milk30g butter2 Tbsp golden syrupCombine all three ingredients in a saucepan and stir over a moderate heat until boiling. Stir constantly for a further 5- 7 minutes until it thickens.

Q: I have used the Carnation Light and Creamy Coconut Flavoured Evaporated Milk as a substitute for regular coconut milk in my curry, but it has separated and curdled. Why?

A: Carnation Light and Creamy Coconut Flavoured Evaporated Milk is ideal for use in cooking, as it is a low fat alternative to traditional coconut milk without compromising the flavour. As traditional coconut milk is high in fat it can therefore be simmered for a longer period of time. Because the Carnation Light and Creamy Coconut Flavoured Evaporated Milk product has had 98.5% of the fat removed, it is important to ensure the product is added last and simmered for only a few minutes, otherwise the milk will begin to separate.

Q: I am melting chocolate for dipping and it has gone lumpy, thick and pasty, can it be fixed?

A: Any form of moisture will cause the chocolate to become very thick and seize. Care should be taken when melting chocolate in a double boiler over the stove so that steam or moisture does not get into the chocolate. Chocolate can also go thick and pasty if it is heated too high, so if using the microwave to melt it, make sure that the chocolate is stirred between short cooking intervals of 30 seconds. Unfortunately, once chocolate has become this consistency, it cannot be re-melted or used.