How to make your own Sweetened Condensed Milk … kitchen helper


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OK confession time; who is guilty of spooning sweetened condensed milk straight from the tin into their mouth? It’s a definite “yes” from us. The deliciously thick and sweet liquid is the go-to ingredient for many desserts including slices, cakes, ice cream, fudge, sauces and cheesecakes. During the early days of the pandemic Sweetened Condensed Milk was one of the hard-to-buy items as people around the world went on a lockdown baking blitz. Fortunately now supplies are stable but it is possible, and easy, to make your own Sweetened Condensed Milk at home.

Sweetened Condensed Milk is simply milk that has had sugar added and is heated to remove any water from the milk. This process reduces the milk and thickens it resulting in that texture we all know and love. To make your own at home bring 2 cups of full-fat milk and 1 cup of sugar to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture is boiling, drop the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered without stirring until the liquid has reduced to about 1 cup, approximately 45 minutes (don’t worry if it doesn’t look as thick as commercial Sweetened Condensed Milk at this stage because it will thicken as it cools). Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. When cooled, transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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