This flavorful coffee creamer will save you money!
I enjoy a good herbal tea on these cold fall mornings. I also like to have honey and creamer in it. While store bought creamer tastes great, I really hate all the preservatives that are found in them. Since I’m always looking for a budget friendly way to enjoy my favorite things, I make coffee creamer my own way.
Here is my version of this versatile creamer. There are several things you will like about making this yourself –
- You know what’s in it and can make it organic with little effort.
- You can adjust the spices to fit the season. Pumpkin pie, vanilla, caramel, nutmeg or peppermint. The possibilities are endless.
- You can sweeten it with flavored syrups or keep it unsweetened.
- It is versatile – also use it on your morning oatmeal.
- It’s easy to mix up a small batch so you 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.
To make coffee creamer you will need:
1 – 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
12 ounces of half and half
Your favorite spice to taste. (Start with 2 tsp. of dry spice or extract)
In a large canning jar add 12 ounces of evaporated milk and 12 ounces of half and half.
Add 2 teaspoons of your chosen spice, cap and shake the jar thoroughly to incorporate. Taste and then 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 make?