DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in the slow cooker!)

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in the slow cooker!)

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in a slow cooker!) by PioneerMomma.comI was at the grocery store the other day, and picked up a can of sweetened condensed milk for a project coming up.  Then I put it back.  Have you read the label??  It simply says: milk and sugar.  Well, I can do that at home!  I have seen recipes in the past for making your own sweetened condensed milk at home, and I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw the one I had wanted to try first.  Shame on me for not bookmarking, I suppose.

I figured it would be simple enough, so I tried it on my own.  Holy moly, it is rediculously simple!  I believe another reason why it takes hardly any effort at all is because I made it in my slow cooker.  If I can get something in there that I can essentially fix and forget, in it goes!  Now this does require some maintenance stirring.  I did mine a grand total of about six times.

The end result tasted just like the canned version, albeit almost better!  I won't be buying it from the grocery store anymore, especially because this recipe only calls for two ingredients.  I hope to try making it with raw milk once we move, so if you try it that way, please let me know how it turns out!  This time, I simply used a regular gallon of milk you can get at that grocery store you put that can of condensed milk back (you did put yours back too, didn't you? :-))

Here's what I did:

INGREDIENTS

3 cups whole milk

1 cup sugar

(you can change up your measurements, but keep in mind that I find the best results from a 3:1 ratio of milk to sugar)

 

DIRECTIONS

1.  Pour the milk and sugar into a slow cooker and stir.

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in a slow cooker!) by PioneerMomma.com - pour and stir

2.  Heat on high, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for about 4 1/2 hours, or until desired consistency.  I did mine about every hour for the first three hours, and whenever it looked like it needed it after that.

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in a slow cooker!) by PioneerMomma.com - cooking

3.  Let cool and pour into airtight jar or container.  If you used three cups of milk, it should equal out to about 8 ounces of sweetened condensed milk when you are done.  Store in refrigerator.  Enjoy!

DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk (in a slow cooker!) by PioneerMomma.com - finished product

Told you it was easy!  Now what will you be making with your own DIY Sweetened Condensed Milk from a slow cooker?  

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