Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Author Notes: It's quite easy to hop out to the store and buy a can of sweetened condensed milk, but I prefer to make my own. It takes a couple of (mostly hands-off) hours, after which you have a jar of simple, creamy sweetness. stephanie le

Makes just under 1 cup

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, if desired
  1. In a small, heavy-bottomed sauce pan, mix together the milk and sugar. Take note of where the milk reaches on the side of the pan.
  2. Over medium heat, warm the milk-sugar mixture until just steaming. Then lower the heat and simmer for about 2 hours, or until it thickens slightly.
  3. When the mixture has reduced by about half, stir in the vanilla extract. Cool completely. As it cools, the milk with thicken.
  4. Pour the condensed milk into a clean, dry airtight container (I like to use a glass jar) and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  5. Notes: This won't be nearly as thick as canned sweetened condensed milk, but it does have the same sweet, milky flavor. The vanilla is optional: It adds an extra hint of creaminess, but isn't absolutely necessary.

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11 months ago Dianna

I accidentally put the vanilla extract in along with milk and sugar...is this bad?


about 1 year ago Detrishious

Can this be sweetened with anything other than sugar? Like coconut sugar or honey?


about 1 year ago Barbara Pepelko

I have a question. Can you use this making key lime pie, or any other recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk?


over 1 year ago amali

I'd also like to know if this can be done with any type of dairy-free milk.


over 1 year ago stephanie le

I've only tried with milk, but I think coconut milk would work!


over 1 year ago Aly Waterfall

I wonder if using heavy cream would make it thicker?


over 1 year ago Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

I'll have to try this! I do love adding sweetened condensed milk to strong coffee...


over 1 year ago cocoromy

Could you substitute with coconut milk? Thank you


over 1 year ago stephanie le

I haven't tried with coconut milk, but my friend Erika has (http://www.thepancakeprincess...) and it turned out great for her!


over 1 year ago Andrea Vaughan

Interesting....at least you know there are no preservatives...