Homemade Condensed Milk using three simple ingredients. Its texture is supremely creamy and thick. This stuff tastes just like milky caramelized sugar!
Have you ever tried making sweetened condensed milk at home?
If you answered no, you are in for a treat!
If you answered no, you are in for a bigger treat. You'd ask why!
- This recipe tastes so much better than that store bought can. (Heck did you ever notice the price tag on it?)
- You will be immensely surprised at how creamy this recipe turns out. A pinch of a secret ingredient makes it happen.
So stay tuned!!!
Easy peasy! 3 ingredients you have right now in your kitchen. And I am 275% sure of this fact!
- Milk: Any milk works. I like to use full fat. But seriously, 2 percent, or evaporated milk, even coconut milk can be used to make dairy free condensed milk.
- Sugar: To sweeten the milk.
- And a tiny pinch of Baking soda: Believe me, it is the game changer of this recipe. We will add it after we switch off the flame. Baking soda will instantly make your milk frothy and supremely creamy!
How to make homemade condensed milk
You can make this recipe at home in 3 easy steps!
- Step 1: Add sugar to milk in a sauce pan.
- Step 2: Boil the mixture till it thickens. Stir frequently in between. We don't wan't it to form lumps.
- Step 3: Switch the flame off. Add a dash of baking soda and watch the magic happening in your pan!
- Step 4: This step is entirely optional! If you notice any traces of lumps in your condensed milk, run it through a sieve.
Is Sweetened Condensed Milk supposed to be thick?
Yes, it is fairly thick and creamy in texture.
Which is thicker Evaporated milk or condensed milk?
Short answer is condensed milk.
How do you thicken sweetened condensed milk?
Boil milk and sugar on medium-high heat (stirring continuously) for about 15-20 mins. It will thicken. Add a pinch of baking soda after turning the flame off.
Can evaporated milk be substituted for sweetened condensed milk?
I'd advice against it. As evaporated milk is thinner than condensed milk, so it will affect the texture of your final product.
How much sugar do you add to evaporated milk to make condensed milk?
¾ cup for 1 can of evaporated milk . Boil it till the mixture thickens!
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Homemade Condensed Milk
- 2 Cups (500 ml) Full Fat Milk (even 2% works)
- ¾ Cup (150 gms) Granulated Sugar
- a pinch Baking Soda
- Pour milk to a thick bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Add sugar to it.
- Whisk or keep stirring with a spatula until it thickens. Take care to stir it continuously, so it doesn't stick to the bottom of your pan. This will take about 15-25 minutes. Milk will be fairly think at this time.
- Switch flame off and add a pinch of baking soda to this mixture.
- Keep stirring in intervals as the milk is cooling. This will prevent the condensed milk from forming a layer on top.
- Allow to cool down to room temperature. Store in a clean jar!
I use evaporated milk to make this recipe, & follow the directions- & it’s perfect every time. 🎵Delicious 🎶
Note to person who had it stick to everything - you do not try to stir it until it’s as thick as commercial Sweetened Condensed Milk, just about 1/2 as thick, and watch the temperature. After it comes to a boil turn it down to simmer or you’ll be making hard milk candy.
(I chuckle and say to myself, “Stir until you almost grow old.”
Are you able to use a 1% milk in substitution?
So sorry, I haven't tried using 1% milk in this recipe ever. Let me know how it turned out, if you give it a go.
Greedy Eats, I followed the recipe exactly. It stuck to the plastic wrap and then the cutting utensil, me, anything it touched, I even tried freezing it but 6 hours later, still not set up It wanted to spread everywhere!
Can a sugar substitute be used, like stevia?
My milk appears to have seperated or curdled while stirring it and the sugar. Is this normal? If it's not what did I do wrong?
Hi Heather! No that's not normal. Milk should never curdle when sugar is added to it. Make sure to use a clean pot to boil milk and the pot has no traces of lemon or vinegar in it. As the milk is boiling also take care to keep any citric foods/juices (orange, lemon, vinegar etc.) away from it. Hope this helps!
Mine curdled as soon as I went to use it. My standard coffee, cup and boiling water. Only difference was the home made condensed milk. No acid or acid type ingredients.
It was delicious by itself when I made the batch.
HELLO CAN I USE LACTOSE FREE MILK - THANK YOU
Hey! I haven't tried using lactose free milk for this recipe. But since lactose is sugar in the milk and we are adding more to the recipe, I think it will turn out ok. Let me know how it turns out, if you give this a go!
I am a bit confused...what is a "pinch" to the author of the recipe? For me it is less than an eighth of a teaspoon. It's an amount that can't be measured. A pinch. That's just me. I'm sure a "pinch" is different to everybody. I've made this twice and added way more than my definition of a pinch both times. I even added corn starch each time and my condensed milk was never as thick as the recipe. (I didn't go crazy with cornstarch.) So would everybody tell me what their definition of a "pinch" is? I also would be very interested in the author's definition of a pinch. Thanks y'all! I do like the recipe, I just have to figure out what a pinch is.
Hi Kathy! I am glad you liked this recipe. So, lets get you out of your confusion. Definition of Pinch as per Google- "An amount of an ingredient that can be held between a finger and thumb." This is exactly what I meant by a pinch of baking soda. This amount would more or less be similar for most people (just like we say a pinch of salt!). You understood it right too! It will be just shy of 1/8th of a teaspoon. If you follow my recipe as written, your milk would already be quite thick even before adding any baking soda to it. So you would not need much and you will definitely not need any thickeners like cornstarch to thicken this condensed milk! Also, adding thickners can alter the final texture of the product and make it look like custard. Tweaking a recipe as you wish and expecting it to work as written, that unfortunately doesn't happen! However I hope I made a "pinch" clear for you now.
One can of Sweetened Condensed Milk is 14 oz, not 16 oz.
Thanks for adding 8+8 and commenting on this recipe with the answer. I’m sure no one else knew that…. Good job!
can this be a sub for heavy cream in ice cream?
Hi Meena! I have never used it as a substitute for heavy cream. So I can't comment on it, sorry! Let me know how it turned out if you try though.
Does this set firm to lay in a tart case once chilled please xxx
Hi Tammy! No it does not. This is just like the condensed milk you get in the market. It can't set firm in a tart on its own. You will need a custard recipe for that. Hope this helps.