Homemade coffee creamer is frugal and a healthier alternative to store bought
I enjoy a good herbal tea on these cold fall mornings. Sometimes I even like to have honey and creamer in it, but while they taste great, I really hate all the preservatives that are found in commercial creamers. Plus I’m always looking for a budget friendly way to enjoy my favorite things. Enter homemade coffee creamer.
- -I know what’s in it. I can make it organic with little effort.
- -I can adjust the spices to fit the season. Pumpkin pie, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg or peppermint. The possibilities are endless.
- -I can sweeten it with flavored syrups or keep it unsweetened.
- -It is versatile – we use it on our morning quinoa or oatmeal too!
- -It’s easy to mix up a small batch so we can experiment with flavor combinations.
- -Homemade creamer is budget friendly. The cost for 24 ounces is approx. $1.80
- -With a bit of modification using powdered milk, it is food storage friendly.
12-oz can of evaporated milk
12-oz of half and half
Your favorite spice to taste. (Start with 2 tsp. of dry spice or extract, but I always use more!)
In a large canning jar add 12 ounces of evaporated milk and 12 ounces of ½ and ½
Add 2 teaspoons of your chosen spice, cap and shake the jar thoroughly to incorporate. Add more spice if you wish.
Store your homemade coffee creamer in a container that is easy to pour and has a tight fitting lid. It should last for two weeks – if you can keep it around for that long!
This recipe can also be made with sweetened condensed milk in place of the evaporated milk. Your finished product will be sweeter, of course. We use evaporated milk because we like to add honey or agave to our herbal tea and the condensed milk makes it too sweet.
Food Storage Modification
Make evaporated milk with your powdered milk in storage. Bet you didn’t know it was so easy! You only need two simple ingredients:
2/3 cup non-fat dry milk
3/4 cup water
Mix the water and dry milk powder together. Then, use in place of the evaporated milk in any recipe. This will make 1 cup
You can convert evaporated milk into sweetened condensed milk by adding sugar to it. For each cup of evaporated milk add about 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar. Pour the mixture in a pan, stir while heating on the stove top until the sugar completely dissolves. Let cool.
What flavors are you going to try making?