by Tammy Taylor
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I’ve been on a quest for quite a few years to make for myself those things I used to have to buy. The reasons for this are really multi-faceted – first I feel pretty empowered that I’ve been able to provide for my family without a trip to the grocery store. Plus making these things myself is always significantly less expensive than the purchased counterpart and that makes my budget happy. It’s also typically healthier without the odd-sounding ingredients you typically see on commercial food labels and probably most importantly to me – it’s environmentally friendly with less landfill-bound trash. Now I don’t use sweetened condensed milk often but recently I made a favorite holiday dessert and it calls for a can of sweetened condensed milk in its list of ingredients. I haven’t actually purchased this milk in years once I found out how easy it is to make myself.
Simple Ingredients For Sweetened Condensed Milk
I pulled out the few basic ingredients the sweetened condensed milk recipe calls for: powdered milk – sugar – butter – vanilla – boiling water. Since I had to drain a can of pineapple for my dessert recipe I used that juice in place of the boiling water to add a little flavor punch but plain ole boiling water works just fine.
Aaaanyway here’s what I did: I measured out all my ingredients and got them all ready. I measured out the pineapple juice that I’m substituting for the water and heated it in the microwave until it started to bubble. Then I added my butter and stirred to allow the butter to melt into the juice. And then I pulled out my * Ninja blender. (I polled my Facebook followers several weeks ago & the Ninja was very highly recommended so I bought one for myself – it does not disappoint!)
Seconds Later – DONE!
Since I’m only making a can’s worth of milk I’m using the smaller Ninja blender and I pour in the hot juice. Then I follow with powdered milk, sugar and vanilla and pulse the Ninja for about 20 seconds. DONE! Can you even believe how quick that went?? I know I can’t. I mean I’m not lazy in the kitchen but.. OK yes let’s be honest, I’m very lazy in the kitchen and any quick easy and inexpensive shortcut I can come across is a winner in my book!
To me it’s shocking how easy it is to make this sweetened condensed milk and yet in our area a single can of the name-brand stuff sells for about $3.49. CRAZY! Now I’ve only used this milk recipe in my Cherry Shtuff no-bake dessert over the years but it’s worked beautifully for me Every. Single. Time. So I have no doubt it’ll work fantabulously in your recipe too. What? Will I share my recipe with you? Well of COURSE I will!
Sweetened Condensed Milk (equivalent to a 14-ounce can)
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Heat 1/2 cup water to boiling, add the butter and stir to melt. Pour into blender and add dry milk, sugar & vanilla.
Cover and blend on high speed for about 20 seconds or until smooth.
Use immediately, store in refrigerator in a covered container for one week or freeze for up to six months.
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