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Make Your Own: Sweetened Condensed Milk

make your own series Have you ever thought about making items that you normally would just buy at the grocery store? Making your own of some items can

  1. Be cost effective and save you money {sometimes}
  2. Be healthier and/or organic if you choose, with no preservatives or unknown ingredients
  3. You can control what items go into the recipe, so you can swap items for preference or allergy
  4. Sometimes you need an item in a recipe and find out you are out..being able to make the same item can save your recipe 🙂

I am going to start bringing you items I am attempting to make myself over the store bought or pre-made version. I will try to break it down in price so you can compare the two. Hopefully some of the items I make myself will be cheaper, but overall I would like to start so I am using less preservatives in the meals I make.

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homemade sweeten condensed milk

Today’s recipe is for Sweetened Condensed Milk

Make Your Own: Sweetened Condensed Milk
Recipe type: make your own
Cook time: 
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This recipe is the equivalent of a can of sweetened condensed milk. Keeps in fridge for up to 2 weeks
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of margarine or shortening
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 cup of instant dry milk powder
  1. Put all ingredients EXCEPT milk powder in pot over medium heat
  2. Stir the mixture every now and then. When it comes to a full rolling boil, remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool slightly
  3. Add Dry Milk Powder
  4. Use a whisk to stir it smooth

Make Sweetened Condensed Milk with Whole Milk

You can also use real milk and sugar. Just combine 2 cups milk with 1/2 cup sugar bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce and cook on low for 2 hours. The mixture should be barely simmering and never bubbling at any point. Stir every 15 minutes or so to keep the milk from forming the “skin” on top. After two hours add 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and let cool. Will thicken once cooled. {Thanks Just As Delish!}

I plan on using this in my Make Your Own: Coffee Creamer recipe that I will share later!

Price Break Down

Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk at the store: $1.59-$1.99 give or take

Make Your Own Version:

Sugar: .28¢ a cup
Water: FREE
Instant Dry Milk: $.80
Butter: .32¢
Total Price: $1.40, so cheaper! Yay!

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You can see more Make Your Own recipes HERE:

Homemade Hamburger Helper

{recipe from hillbilly housewife}

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