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How To Make Condensed Milk

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Easily make my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe and use it to create ice cream, cookies & more!
How to Make Condensed Milk: Easily make condensed milk at homemade with just milk and sugar. The result is the same as store bought.

Hi Bold Bakers!

 

Working as a professional chef, I have learned a lot of tips and tricks over the years. Now I’m going to share with you some Bold Baking Basics that will help you along your baking journey to make it fun and for you to improve your skills. I’m often asked, “Is there a substitute for sweetened condensed milk?” Well, did you know you can make Homemade Condensed Milk? That’s right, now you don’t just have to go to the store for it.

What is Condensed Milk?

Condensed milk is traditionally cow’s milk that has much of the water content boiled away and then sugar added. I use Sweetened Condensed Milk a lot in my baking. If you cannot find it in your country you can easily make it yourself at home. It is one of the main ingredients in my 2 ingredient No Machine Ice Cream. If you like your frozen desserts a little lighter and fruitier then try my Homemade Sorbet in 5 minutes (No Machine)

Can I Make Dairy Free Condensed Milk?

My condensed milk recipe contains milk, however if you are dairy free and/or like vegan baking I also have the exact same recipe but using coconut milk rather than dairy milk. It is just as easy to make and it tastes great too. Find my Dairy Free Condensed Milk recipe.You can also use Nut Milks and other sugars such as Truvia. See the Notes section in the recipe for more details.

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How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk

Simmering milk and sugar on a low, controlled heat will yield you a thick, syrupy milk. Once it cools it will thicken and be ready to use. It will last in the fridge for weeks if you don’t need it straight away.

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What is the Difference Between Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk?

The biggest difference between condensed and evaporated milk is the sugar content. Both are made by reducing a percent of the water content from the milk but the condensed version has sugar added which is why it’s called Sweetened Condensed Milk.

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Gemma's How to Make Sweetened Condensed Milk (Bold Baking Basics)

4.38 from 212 votes
Easily make my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe and use it to create my 2 ingredient ice cream, cookies & more!
Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Easily make my Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe and use it to create my 2 ingredient ice cream, cookies & more!
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16floz/450ml) full fat milk or low fat milk*
  • cups (5oz /142g) white sugar

Instructions

  • Add the milk and sugar into a small, heavy bottomed saucepan.
  • Heat it on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once all of the sugar has dissolved bring the mix to a simmer over medium low heat. Do not stir once the mix starts to simmer otherwise it can crack and crystalize.
  • Gently simmer for roughly 35-40 minutes, or until the milk has darkened to a creamy color, has reduced by half and thickened slightly. You may notice some foam forming on top, gently skim it off with a spoon. (if there are sugary bits hanging around the rim of your pot don’t stir them into your condensed milk, this can also crack your mix)
  • When ready, remove from the heat and pour into a jar to cool. Let the condensed milk cool completely before putting on the airtight lid. Just note, it thickens up alot after a few hours in the fridge.
  • Store in a labeled jar in the fridge and it will last for 6 months.

Recipe Notes

The condensed milk when ready will measure 1 cup/8oz.
You can use any Nut Milk instead of Regular milk
You can use coconut sugar/maple syrup/light honey or other natural sugars instead of white sugar.
The substitute you use needs to be able to caramelize. stevia, xylitol, splenda will not caramelize so will not work in this recipe.

 

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Rachel
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Rachel
4 days ago

Thanks for this method! My son is lactose intolerant and I haven’t been able to source lactose free sweetened condensed milk, so it’s great to be able to make some.

jdw
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jdw
11 days ago

Simmer this for an extra hour or so, and you’ve got Dulce de Leche. Simmer that for another hour while stirring constantly (It gets thick) and pour into a dish lined in something (I just used foil) and you’ve got an awesome Dulce de Leche candy bar, that you can cut up and drool over.

I never thought to use pure maple syrup. I literally just spent 3 hours making candy, only to immediately regret not having found this first. I have a jar of recently harvested maple syrup sitting in front of me as I write this. Damn.

Sally
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Sally
20 days ago

Hi Gemma,
Thanks for your super informative video. Will natural cane sugar work as well as white sugar? I don’t mind if it comes out darker. Will it caramelize? Sorry to sound daft, but I don’t know much about food chemistry. My husband’s very anti white sugar so I always substitute.

Brittany Weitzenkamp
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Brittany Weitzenkamp
1 month ago

will the time on the stovetop change if i 1/3 the recipe?

Person
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Person
1 month ago

eh, its okay

Naara Dominguez
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Naara Dominguez
1 month ago

Hi! I want to use Cashew Milk and Monk Fruit Sweetner (it has erythritol). Will it still work?

Joanne. Leahy
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Joanne. Leahy
1 month ago

Hey from Ireland Gemma ????????????
Delighted to have found your site and this recipe.
I use condensed milk a lot and it’s great to be able to make it at home at a fraction of the price.
I’m just wondering if I could make caramel out of it the same way as boiling the can for a couple of hours?

Nina
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Nina
1 month ago

Gemma,
Can you make sweetened condensed milk with brown sugar?

Josigala
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1 month ago

Hello Gemma,
I just love your site and recipes. Anything I make comes out perfect except my condensed milk the color is perfect and it is a lil thick but not as thick as condensed milk should be. Am I doing something wrong, I am following your steps to the T. By the way big big Congrats on your lil blessing I’m so very happy for you.

Waye
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Waye
1 month ago

Hello Gemma, can I use powdered milk dissolved in water for this recipe? If yes, can I use the condensed milk in place of cream when making caramel? Thank you

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