homemade condensed milk

Homemade Condensed Milk

The only condensed milk I have ever known has come from a can.  

About a week ago, I found myself with a refrigerator full of lemons.  They were on the edge of going bad, so I wanted to use them up.  I found a yummy, simple recipe for Meyer’s Lemon Pie, made from egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and pie crust.  Since I prefer to make things homemade, I decided to see if I could create a homemade condensed milk to create the pie.  

Turns out, creating homemade condensed milk is ridiculously easy.  You just need two ingredients, a couple hours of inactive cooking time, and viola! Homemade condensed milk.  And PS – it is sooo much better than anything you will find in a can. 

Homemade Condensed Milk
Makes 2 cups

Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan, and warm over medium heat.  Bring it up to just about steaming, but not boiling.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced by half, stirring with a whisk occasionally, so it doesn’t burn on the bottom.  This took me about 3.5 hours for it to be a nice and thick. 

During my research, I found this amazing article from Don’t Waste the Crumbs about making homemade condensed milk.  She did an experiment to create homemade condensed milk by using 8 different sweeteners, including honey, maple syrup, and brown sugar, and was successful using each one.   If you don’t have organic sugar cane on hand, or want to make a homemade condensed milk with a different sweetener, check out her article to see how she did it! 

Now that you know how to make homemade condensed milk, are you looking for ways to use it?

What is your favorite way to use homemade condensed milk?



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15 Responses to Homemade Condensed Milk

  1. Jamie says:

    I use sweetened condensed milk in place of coffee creamer. I realize it’s still sugar and carbs but it doesn’t have all of the chemicals that store bought coffee creamer has.

  2. Your sweetened condensed milk looks SO delicious Andrea! Thanks so much for linking back to my versions. 🙂 I can’t believe this DIY is so easy, and so frugal too!! Have a great day!

  3. George Devereaux says:

    Great ! I’d like to give it a try. Can this be done with almond milk?

  4. Cynthia L says:

    I never realized it was this easy! I wish I would have know. Great article!

  5. Elise says:

    Awesome! I’ve only ever made condensed milk from powdered milk.

    A question: do you use pasteurized milk, or raw? In always a lttle afraid of what will happen if I cook raw milk like that..

  6. Are you kidding me? Is it really that easy? Love learning new frugal food ideas:)

  7. Pam says:

    I had no idea you could make your own condensed milk. I used a few cans of it this past Christmas for treats. so I love knowing I could make some instead of running to the store.

  8. I knew there had to be a way to make homemade sweetened condensed milk. Pinning this right away 🙂 And I love to use sweetened condensed milk to make flan.

  9. Roxanne says:

    I had know idea you could make your own condensed milk! That Meyer Lemon Pie recipe looks simple also. Thanks

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