If you’re anything like me, you might have wondered whether there exists a homemade recipe for sweetened condensed milk. Sometimes, I run out of condensed milk at home and it always falls to a time when I would like to make desserts like ice cream, cheesecakes, and pies. Just imagine the frustration I suffer through when I can’t satisfy my craving for sweet desserts.
To give me an option when I run out of condensed milk next time, I try to search for ways on how to make my own condensed milk instead. Thanks to the Internet, I have found the solution to my dilemma. If you want to know the results of my research, continue reading below.
What Are The Ingredients That You’ll Need?
Yes, you can make a homemade condensed milk in case you run out of store-bought condensed milk. All you need are two simple ingredients: milk and white sugar. You can use any type of milk, like full fat for a creamier taste, low fat for a healthier option, or even evaporated milk if you don’t mind potential unhealthy can lining.
To make about one cup of condensed milk, you need to prepare two cups of milk and 2/3 cups white sugar. For optional variety, you can also add butter and vanilla extract. The butter will bring that extra creamy flavor while vanilla extract brings that sweet aroma.
Making The Condensed Milk
To make this recipe for sweetened condensed milk, add the milk and sugar in the saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine well and leave it be until the sugar is fully dissolved. After that, you can gently simmer the mixture over low/medium heat around 35 minutes.
Once the mix begins to simmer, never stir or else you’ll get crystallized and cracked condensed milk results. After 35 minutes, you’ll possibly notice that the color has changed into a sort of creamy color. Some foam may also form around the corners and what you need to do is to remove it with a spoon.
You don’t want the foam to remain in the mix because it can ruin the consistency and appearance of your condensed milk. Simmer the mix for another 15 minutes until you get a darker color and a thicker consistency. At this point, the amount of liquid has already reduced by half and if you want to add some butter and vanilla, now is the time.
When done, set it aside and let it go cold. Your end result should be syrupy and thick. Watch how this whole process is done in this video here.
Storing And Labeling Your Homemade Condensed Milk
After your condensed milk has become fully cold, pour it into an airtight glass or plastic jar. In this way, you can keep the condensed milk fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Don’t forget to label the date of storage so you can be guided when the condensed milk will be unsafe to eat.
You can tell that your condensed milk has gone bad if its color changes from pale creamy color to deeper yellow. The consistency will also become thicker. If the condensed milk can’t any longer be poured, then it has likely become bad.
How To Enjoy Your Homemade Condensed Milk
- Ditch regular sugar and skim milk, and try sweetening your dark coffee, tea, and hot chocolate with a bit of condensed milk.
- Use condensed milk to make a variety of no-churn ice cream. All you need are condensed milk and your choice of flavors. Follow some great ice cream recipes here.
- Combine condensed milk with heavy cream to create a more delicious Dulce de Leche. Check this recipe here.
- Drizzle over fresh fruits, like grapefruits, cantaloupe, and strawberry.
- Add a little bit of condensed milk on top of your peanut butter toast.
- Make delicious cheesecakes, tarts, and cakes.
- Create wonderful drinks and beverages, like eggnog, coquito, and smoothies.
- If you would like to use it condensed milk as dip, you can also try keeping it warm with bottle warmers especially if you have one that has been outgrown by your kids.
Try Making Your Own Homemade Condensed Milk Today!
A homemade recipe for sweetened condensed milk is quite easy. All you need is milk and white sugar and you can have the same results as the store-bought ones. To make, just follow these steps.
- Mix sugar and milk in a saucepan and simmer for about 35 minutes.
- Remove the foam that accumulates around the corners.
- Simmer for another 15 minutes until it thickens and reduced by half.
- Let it cool and store in an airtight container.
- Label the date of storage to keep updated for its shelf life