11/16/11

Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk





If you are like me, you start to make a recipe that needs sweetened condensed milk, and you are 100 % sure you have it in your pantry, only to discover after starting the recipe that it was evaporated milk in your pantry. Great! Before grabbing your keys to run to the store or sending your hubby to the store and spending 15 minutes on the phone trying to explain where it is in the store and what the difference is between evaporated and sweetened condensed milk (not saying that has every happened to me!) I have a quick and easy solution!

Here is an inexpensive recipe you can make from ingredients we usually have on hand to make your own!

Sweetened Condensed Milk

Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water

Directions:
In small bowl combine the powdered milk and the sugar. Set aside Put hot water into blender. Start blender. With blender going pour in the powdered milk /sugar mixture. Blend until smooth.  This recipe equals one can of store bought condensed milk.

Jan's tip: If you are using the sweetened condensed milk in a recipe where it is replacing the shortening, as in some cookie recipes, add 4 Tablespoons of butter or margarine to the hot water.  
Do you know the difference between evaporated milk and sweetened condensed?




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43 comments:

  1. This is handy to know!

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  2. That is awesome...I am lovin' your site!

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  3. This is a great tip, as I very rarely have it on hand when I need it. Thanks for sharing :D

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  4. Good to know now that my favorite granola recipe takes sweetened condensed milk! :)

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    1. Mary, I love granola and haven't seen in with sweetened condensed milk! That sounds yummo!
      Jan

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    2. Thanks! I've been looking for a recipe for this for a while. Pinning!

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    3. Rebekahdawn: I'm glad you found me! THanks for pinning, and welcome!
      Jan

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  5. can you turn evaporated milk into sweetened condensed??

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    1. Great Question! I didn't know the answer, but I found this: You may convert evaporated milk into 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 stovetop until the sugar completely dissolves. Let cool. The heating of evaporated milk is similar to the treatment condensed milk undergoes, so the evaporated milk with sugar should be a perfect replacement. Here's the link:
      http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/4600/can-evaporated-milk-be-converted-to-sweetened-condensed

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  6. This sounds like it would be a great baking substitute, but has anyone tried it "raw"? My husband and I put sweetened condensed milk in our coffee and tea and we go through it at an incredible rate. Is this cheaper? Do you think it would taste okay in this application?

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    1. Lori, thanks for the great question! I don't drink coffee so I have never tried it like that, hopefully one of my readers will know! If you do try it let us know how it goes.
      Jan

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    2. It's awesome in coffee and tea!

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    3. Our local Sno-Biz uses it as the " cream" on top of the ice and syrup. Oh, so good!

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  7. Do you know how long a shelf life it will have after made?

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    1. In the refrigerator: up to two weeks approximately, or 3 months in the freezer.
      Jan

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  8. did you know you can make caramel by cooking the sweetened condensed milk down?

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  9. can i use soy milk powder or coconut milk powder to get dairy-free version?

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    1. That is a great question! I have no experience with either soy or coconut milk powder, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. Readers? Does anyone have experience with this? I'll post it to the facebook page and see if we get any responses!
      Jan

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  10. Do you use granulated white sugar or powdered sugar ?

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    1. I use regular sugar, but I don't see why powdered wouldn't work, it's mainly sugar with cornstarch in it as a thickening agent.I guess it would need a trial run to see how it goes. Let me know if you do find out!
      Jan

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  11. How about splenda instead of sugar for sugar free Sweetened Condensed Milk? Have you ever tried it?

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    1. Any sugar substitute that measures out the same as sugar is fine, its the sweeteners that you don't measure the same amount as sugar that may be a problem, or need some experimenting, but splenda should be fine.
      Jan

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  12. Can I use liquid milk instead of powdered milk?

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    1. Great question! the issue with regular milk, is that you'll have to "condense" it or reduce the liquid/in it besides adding the sugar to sweeten it. I've never done it with regular milk, but I found a link for you that shows how to cook it down to condensed & sweetened:
      http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/recipes/healthy-homemade-sweetened-condensed-milk-without-powdered-dry-milk/
      Hope this helps!
      Thanks
      Jan

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  13. This is utterly delicious. I must make it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe..:)
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  14. I use sweetened condensed milk when I make my homemade caramels. At this point, I've been apprehensive about using the homemade version of the sweetened condensed milk because I don't want to "waste" the time and money I've spent on the other ingredients. Do you have any experience using it when making candy? I've used it in 'baking' recipes and it's great, but not with candy making.

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    1. I'm in the same boat as you! I have a caramel recipe too I"ve been wanting to try this with. If I have time in the next few days, I'll see if I can do it as an experiment and let you know! We must think alike!
      Cross your fingers!
      Jan

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    2. I made the substitute sweetened condensed milk using evaporated milk and sugar - link posted elsewhere on this blog. While the taste was nearly the same as canned, it was much thinner. I used it for a very easy fudge recipe. The fudge was grainy and did not set up well. I won't be using the substitute for candy making again - I don't think it works well. It will probably work fine in baked goods - perhaps adding a teaspoon or so of flour to thicken a bit and it will taste fine as a creamer/sweetener in coffee.

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    3. Jennifer, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the candy! You are saving many readers. I think I"ll give it a try in my caramel candies and post on here what my experience was also. I think candy which usually has to reach exact temperatures and consistencies would not stand up to the substitute. Hugs!
      Jan

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    4. Thanks Jennifer for testing this out!

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  15. Hi this is Chef Randall, my blog is savorthefood.wordpress.com. I have a Tips in the Kitchen page ( http://savorthefood.wordpress.com/tips-in-the-kitchen/) and I would like to add this Tip to the page. I would add a link back to your blog and giving you credit.

    Look forward to your reply. Check out my blog meantime and I invite you to join our community, it's FREE.

    Thanks for your informative posts.

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for asking! You are more than welcome to use the tip, and the link back is much appreciated!
      I look forward to seeing it at Savor the Food!
      Jan

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    2. Here is the link to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed milk http://savorthefood.wordpress.com/tips-in-the-kitchen/. Once there link is the last one added to page. You can also see it from here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9kn1kkp0bzctshu/U4xuWBUXBL click link to open page.

      Thanks again. You are invited to follow my blog. We would like your comments and readership.

      Chef Randall
      savorthefood.wordpress.com

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  16. thanks! i would use this if i was desperate (like christmas day and all stores were closed) but it wouldn't taste the same :(

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    1. Stef, This recipe is perfect for just that! Let's hope you never have to need it!
      :)
      Thanks!
      jan

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  17. you have a can of evaporated milk in the picture but the recipe says powdered milk. there is a big difference...so which one is it?

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    1. Heather, I am sorry you seem so confused. The recipe is correct. There are two reasons the picture is on there. First, you wouldn't believe how many people actually ask and don't know that there are two different kinds of canned milk, evaporated and sweetened condensed. The picture shows that there is a difference. Secondly, originally I had both evaporated milk recipe and sweetened condensed milk recipe together on the same post. Somewhere along the line the recipes got separated but I left the original picture on the post, since a picture of a cup/bowl of evaporated milk and a picture of a cup/bowl of sweetened condensed milk by themselves can honestly look the same on a website. Sorry the picture of the two milks threw you off. Thanks for stopping by and asking.
      Jan

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  18. Just curious if this recipe could be canned for future use. It would save having to make it every time you need it right?

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  19. That is a great question! Sadly, the USDA does not recommend home canning milk. It requires such high temperatures in a home canner that it would ruin the milk in the process. Commercial canners are built differently than home canners. You may find some people who say they do it, but I would not try it.

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  20. I tried this, it's quite thin and doesn't taste the same as the canned version. I would recommend for baking, but not candy making. It definitely has a different taste.

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    1. Lois, thanks for the feedback, it is definitely not a canned taste! I don't make candy to often since there is a diabetic in my house, so that is good to know!
      Best to you!
      Jan

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