What is sweetened condensed milk? It's basically milk that has had the water removed, hence the "condensed" part of the name. It has also been sweetened with sugar, hence "sweetened". Have you ever looked up a recipe and then found you don't have this ingredient in your panty? If you don't have this ingredient, I bet you have all the ingredients to make your own homemade sweetened condensed milk! There are just a few simple ingredients you need: milk and cane sugar. I have been doing this for a while because I haven't been able to find an organic version of sweetened condensed milk.
Sweetened condensed milk is an ingredient that I usually use when I make candy. And candy making can be time consuming as it is, so when I also have to make my own sweetened condensed milk it can take even more time!
So, with this recipe I like to make it a day or two before and keep it stored in the fridge. Then, when I want to make candy it's an easy thing to pull out instead of having to make on the same day. This Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk will stay good in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Tips for making your own sweetened condensed milk
Make sure you are using whole milk. Do not sure skim or even 2% for this recipe as the fat is super important. If you don't have whole milk, you can use heavy whipping cream instead, either one will work!
Don't leave the stove. When you are simmering the milk and sugar, it can burn easily even if it's on low. Don't leave it because you can scorch your pan and ruin it. I've done this before when I was impatient and left my milk. This does take a while, so grab a book or clean your kitchen. But make sure you are watching and stirring this the entire time.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Makes 3/4 cup
1 cup organic milk
113 grams (1/2 cup) organic cane sugar
In a small saucepan add the milk and cane sugar. Put over high heat and stir with a high heat spatula until the sugar has dissolved, about 2 to 4 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer until the mixture has reduced by half. Remove from heat.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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