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Monday, December 8, 2008

Make-Your-Own Sweetened Condensed Milk

Christmas treats often seem to call for sweetened condensed milk, and it can be a pricey item. Here's how you can make your own in 3 minutes that costs next to nothing!

Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup instant (or 1/2 cup non-instant) powdered dry milk
2/3 cup sugar
3 T. butter
1/2 cup boiling water

Mix sugar and dry milk together in your blender. Add the butter and the boiling water. Blend until smooth.

This recipe yields the same amount as the standard 13 fluid oz. can you find in the grocery store.



  • At December 9, 2008 at 10:15 AM , Blogger brook said...

    Thanks for the tip, Diane.

    If you use Xylitol in place of sugar, just cut the amount in half to 1/3 cup for a healthier sweetener...the only problem is that with the price of grain going up, and Xyliitol being a Corn Dreritive, Xylitol has become MUCH more expensive than it was initially.

    Raw brown sugar would work, giving a darker flavor. Sucanat, Fructose or Evaporated Cane Juice could be used to. I would try them at 1/3 cup. More could be added as needed.

    I wonder if 1/3 cup of honey would work?

    For those of you seeking an alternative sweetner, honey can usually be substituted successfully at 1/2 the amount. Same with Xylitol.

    Lynn, ND

  • At December 9, 2008 at 10:29 AM , Blogger brook said...

    Thanks for the tip, Diane!

    For a healthier sweetner in this recipe, you can use Xylitol in place of sugar. Simply cut the amount in half to 1/3 cup of Xylitol. With the price of grain increasing and Xylitol being a deritive or corn, it has increased in price significantly.

    Raw Brown Sugar can be used too, but will give a darker flavor. Fructose, Sucanat, or Evaporated Cane Juice could be used too. I would add them all at 1/3 cup and ajust the sweetness accordingly.

    I wonder if 1/3 cup of honey would work???

    If you are looking at a healthier sweetner options, you can usually replace the sugar in recipes with 1/2 the amount of Xylitol or honey.

    If you would like more information about Xylitol, you can check this website out: http://www.xylitolnow.com/index.html. It sure has helped heal some pretty deep cavities on my own teeth.

    I purchase mine through Azure Standard at a member price of $25.30 for 5 pounds. www.azurestandard.com. A truck delivers Co-op to us once a month. You may have them available to you too.

    I also purchase my whole brown rice and Potato Starch through here for our Gluten Free Baking. I grind the rice in my High Powered Blender, and sift it through a screen strainer, then mix it with Corn Starch and Potato Starch, replacing regular wheat flour with this mix.

    Lynn, ND

  • At December 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM , Blogger CompleteLee Blogger said...

    I'm definitely trying this one for holiday baking!

  • At January 2, 2009 at 8:39 PM , Blogger CGK said...

    I'm an ole' greatgranny and I tho't I knew alot...about "things".
    Boy did I fool myself ! I learn so much, every
    time I read your Website. Thank you. Carolyn

  • At April 22, 2009 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Peter Scott said...

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  • At April 22, 2009 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Tocoya said...

    Thanks for the recipe for condensed milk.
    I've always wondered if you could make your own recipe.I was very blessed and surprised to find this recipe.It is a very helpful and tasty ingredient.


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