Make your own sweetened condensed milk instead of purchasing expensive cans!
After writing the DIY Oatmeal Packets post, I’ve kind of fallen in love with the whole “do-it-yourself” style of thing. I’ve never been the crafty kind, but this kind of “food craft” gets me excited! Brainstorming ideas, figuring out ways to develop the recipe, testing and re-testing the recipe to bring it to my readers – it’s all so exciting!
This DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe comes from my father’s mother, my abuela Norma. She’s typically known for her stuffed cabbage rolls but this time, she shared her quick recipe for sweetened condensed milk and I was in disbelief! Would throwing all these random ingredients really make the sticky sweet milk we’re used to? It did!
The fact that I always have dry milk powder in my pantry always wins over having sweetened condensed milk, since I basically use the condensed milk for flan primarily. The non-fat dry milk powder I get more use out of: in bread recipes, in smoothies, in situations when I’ve run out of milk for a recipe. This is mentioned because many people will say that they never have milk powder in their pantry, but you should! It’s a life saver, I promise. (I’ve loved using the Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder from Bob’s Red Mill, but you can check your local stores for other brands.)
Oh and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll remember I received a massive shipment from Dixie Crystals, which I put to good use in this recipe. Their extra fine granulated sugar was used in this recipe, but I wonder if you can make sweetened condensed milk with dark brown sugar as well. Will report back!
As you’ll see stated in the recipe, you MUST use boiling hot water. I tested this recipe by taking a shortcut and just microwaving a bowl of water, but it didn’t get hot enough. Warm water will NOT dissolve all the sugar in this recipe, it definitely needs to be boiling water taken off the stovetop! Trust me, you don’t want grainy condensed milk!
Use this as you would for desserts such as flan and even adding it to Vietnamese coffee!
DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 cup dry non-fat milk
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ½ cup BOILING water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Before you start this recipe, make sure you have BOILING water. I don't mean warm water or hot water, I mean boiling hot water. The heat helps the sugar dissolve, so it's a must.
- Place the dry milk and sugar in the blender and pulse twice. Quickly add melted butter, BOILING water, vanilla, and salt. Blend on medium high for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour out into jars and store in a cool, dry place in an airtight jar.