If you don’t have condensed milk at home, don’t worry! You only need 2 ingredients to make your homemade condensed milk!

Homemade Condensed Milk dropping from a spoon.

Today I share my homemade condensed milk recipe.  When you need condensed milk to make no-churn ice creams, fudge recipes, condensed milk cookies or any other desserts you can use this homemade version.  

What is Condensed Milk

Also named as sweetened condensed milk, condensed milk is a combination of cow’s milk and sugar.  Some of the water content of the milk is removed by evaporation which makes the milk thickened.  

If sugar is not used, it will be evaporated milk and the milk will not be thickened.  Sugar plays an important role as a thickener.  

So the ingredients for today’s recipe are milk and sugar.

Showing the consistency of homemade condensed milk with a spoon.

How to Store Homemade Condensed Milk

After you leave your condensed milk from the heat, pour into a jar.   Once it cools, close the lid and keep in the fridge up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to Understand the Right Consistency

The mixture will be thickened and the color will become darker.  This recipe makes 180-190 grams (2/3 cups) which is almost half can of condensed milk. 

To be on the safe side, when I believe it is the right consistency I use my ⅔ cup and pour it into that.  If it is a lot more than that, I continue to reduce. But you should be careful though as when it gets thick and close to the right consistency, the amount reduces very quickly. 

Sweetened condensed milk in a 2/3 cup.

You should keep in mind that this homemade condensed milk will be thickened compared to milk over the heat but it will come to the real condensed milk consistency in the fridge after a couple of hours.  

First, it will look just like the picture below when you remove it from the heat: 

Homemade condensed milk's consistency after removing from the heat.

Then it will look like this after it stays in the fridge:

Showing the consistency of homemade condensed milk after keeping in the fridge.

Let’s go through the steps;

How to Make Homemade Condensed Milk

First, place the milk and sugar in a pan and stir with a spoon/spatula over med-low heat until the sugar dissolves.  

As the sugar dissolves, without stirring,  let the mixture simmer over med-low heat.  While it simmers, a skin and foam will form on top.   

Thickened milk with a foam and a skin on top.

I used to take the foam and the skin after 15 minutes and repeat this process as needed but lately, I wait and take them after 35 minutes when it becomes very foamy as it doesn’t make any difference.  After 35 minutes remove the foam and the skin into a small bowl that is covered with water so the foam and the skin of the milk won’t stick to your spoon.

Removing the skin of the milk into a small bowl that is almost full of water.

In total, the mixture thickens in almost 42-45 minutes.  After 35 minutes as you take the foam and skin, you’ll understand the consistency better.   

When the mixture thickens, the color becomes darker and the mixture is reduced more than half, remove it from the heat. 

The consistency of the homemade condensed milk in a pan.

Then sieve the condensed milk to make sure it is smooth.

Sieving the sweetened condensed milk to make it smooth.

Finally, pour the homemade condensed milk into a jar and let it cool at room temperature.  When it cools, close the lid and keep in the fridge.

      Showing the consistency of the sweetened condensed milk on a spoon.

Enjoy this homemade version of condensed milk in your recipes! 

Thickened condensed milk dropping from a spoon. 

 

Homemade Condensed Milk
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
46 mins
 

You only need 2 ingredients to make your homemade condensed milk!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make condensed milk, sweetened condensed milk
Servings: 7 Oz
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Pastry and Beyond
Ingredients
  • 490 g/470ml (2 cups) milk
  • 105 g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Place milk and sugar in a medium pan and stir over med-low heat with a spoon/spatula until the sugar dissolves.

  2. As the sugar dissolves, without stirring, let the mixture simmer over medium-low heat. You’ll notice skin and foam on top during the simmering process. After 35 minutes, take them with a spoon/spatula.

  3. When the mixture thickens, the color becomes darker and the mixture reduces more than half, remove the pan from the heat. The whole process takes almost 42-45 minutes. Sieve the condensed milk to make it smooth. Pour the condensed milk into a jar and let it cool at room temperature. Once it cools, close the lid and keep it in the fridge. It will thicken in the fridge after a couple of hours.* You can keep in the fridge up to a week and in the freezer up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

*If your condensed milk doesn't thicken after a couple of hours, it means you removed the pan from the heat early.  You can pour the mixture into a small pan and carefully continue to reduce the mixture.

 

The calorie information above is an estimate that is provided by an online nutrition calculator.

 

Update Notes: I originally shared this post on June 3, 2017. I republish it today with new pictures. I keep the recipe same.

Homemade Condensed Milk
Homemade Condensed Milk
Homemade Condensed Milk

4 thoughts on “Homemade Condensed Milk

  • August 14, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    Hi
    Can i use almond milk or oat milk for that recipe ?

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    • August 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm
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      Hi! Although I haven’t tried it with dairy-free milk, I know people replace regular milk with almond and coconut milk to make condensed milk. So, I think you can use almond milk. I would love to hear your feedback if you try this recipe with dairy-free milk!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Could you water process this in a jam jar to create Dolce de Leche?

    Thanks

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    • July 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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      Hi Leslie, I haven’t tried it so I am not sure. I’ve read that even if you put store bought condensed milk into a jar and do the water process, you should be careful; you should close the lid properly, not too tight or loose. For example, if you close too tight, it may explode. You should be very careful while working with glass as it may break. Unfortunately, I’m not much help. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear your feedback. Thank you!

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