Learn how easy it is to make homemade condensed milk with only two ingredients.
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 also- it is sooo much better than anything you will find in a can.
How to Make Homemade Condensed Milk
Makes 2 cups
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sugar (I use organic sugar cane)
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.
Can you use any other Sweetener?
Yep! I found this amazing article from Don’t Waste the Crumbs about making 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.
Can I Use this Recipe in Place of Canned Condensed Milk?
Yep! This recipe works perfectly in any recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk.
How Long does Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Last?
You can store condensed milk in a clean glass jar (such as a mason jar) and store it in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Can Condensed Milk be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze condensed milk. Store in a clean glass jar in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
A two-ingredient recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk.
- 3 cups milk
- 1 cup sugar
Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan, and warm over medium heat.
Bring it to just about steaming, but not boiling. Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced by half (this takes about 3.5 hours), stirring with a whisk occasionally, so it doesn't burn on the bottom.
What Can you do with Condensed Milk?
Now that you know how to make sweetened condensed milk, here are some ways you can use it:
- Add it to your coffee or tea for an extra creamy drink
- Make Condensed Milk Pound Cake
- Pour it on top of ice cream
- Make Chocolate Covered Cherries
- Add a tablespoon to your pork or chicken marinade
- Make Tres Leches Cupcakes
- Make Caramels
I love learning how to create things from scratch, so I know what ingredients go into everything from homemade face scrubs to clean eating recipes. I enjoy sharing my favorite recipes with other families so they can have a healthier home, too!