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How to Make Condensed Milk

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Today, I’ll show you how to make condensed milk. If you’re making my “No Ice Cream Maker Required” Ice Cream, you’ll be all set having your own homemade sweetened condensed milk on hand. And you’ll also be all set for any other recipes you want to make that call for this lusciously thick and sweet ingredient! It’s easy to make this ingredient at home right in your own kitchen. And it only calls for two ingredients: Milk and Sugar!

Which Milk Makes the Best Condensed Milk?

When it comes to making condensed milk, it’s best to use whole milk. It can be raw, pasteurized, or ultra-pasteurized. If you have been with me for a while, you know that I generally don’t recommend using ultra-pasteurized milk in a traditional foods kitchen.

However, since we will be heating this milk for an extended period of time—about 40-45 minutes—I am fine with using ultra-pasteurized milk here, especially if that is all you can find at your local market.

How About Low-Fat Milk? Fat-Free Milk?

If you decide that you want to make condensed milk with low-fat or even fat-free milk, you can certainly do this. However, the consistency of the final product will not be as rich as if you had started with whole milk. And if you are planning on using a low-fat or fat-free condensed milk in a recipe, it may not work as well, and you might have to experiment with the recipe and make adjustments to it.

A Great Pantry Staple

So be sure to watch my learn how to make homemade condensed milk video so that you can make a recipe that calls for this ingredient anytime you want – including my easy homemade ice cream. You’ll never have to buy that little can on the bottom shelf at your grocery again!

More 4-Corners Pantry Recipes

Now that you’ve mastered making condensed milk, be sure to check out these videos for more homemade staples for your 4-Corners Pantry: Your Refrigerator, Freezer, Kitchen Pantry, and Extended Pantry.

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How to Make Condensed Milk

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Yield: 14 ounces
Make this sweet ingredient in your own kitchen and never buy a can of it again!


  • Heavy Bottom Saucepan or Enameled Dutch Oven


  • 2 1/4 cups Whole milk
  • 2/3 cup Cane sugar also add 1 additional tablespoon of cane sugar


  • Add milk and sugar to a saucepan or Dutch oven, turn heat to low, and allow the sugar to dissolve completely.
  • Once the sugar is completely dissolved, increase the heat so that the mixture comes to a low simmer.
  • Simmer on low, undisturbed, for 40-45 minutes until decreased by half.
  • Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl or measuring cup, transfer the liquid to a glass jar with a tight fighting lid, and then store in the refrigerator. Your condensed milk will stay fresh, refrigerated, for approximately six months.



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Course: Pantry Staples
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Condensed Milk, Sweetened Condensed Milk
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  1. Diane Iverson says:

    5 stars
    Can this be frozen? I want to start making homemade coffee creamers, which call for 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. I want to cook ahead (more than one batch) and have this in my freezer ready to go for creamer and other recipes. Thanks!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Diane, I think that might work out OK. Experiment with a small amount first and then see how the texture is when you thaw it out. Love, Mary

  2. Leanne says:

    5 stars
    I made sweetened condensed milk using evaporated milk and 1/3 cup of allulose (low carb sweetener). I cooked it on a high simmer for 25 minutes and it was thick and delicious – just like store bought but without the carbs!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Leanne, So happy to hear how well it turned out! Love, Mary

  3. Derek Miedema says:

    Would maple syrup be usable in place of sugar

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Definitely! 🙂

    2. Mary's Nest says:

      Definitely! 🙂 If you enjoy making Traditional Foods, be sure to head over to my YouTube channel’s home page where I share lots of playlists of videos that I think you will enjoy. Here is the link: Plus, I have a playlist of some of my videos titled “Mastering the Basics of Traditional Nutrient Dense Foods Cooking”. It’s a series of 15 detailed videos that covers How to Make Bone Broth, Cultured Dairy, Ferments, Sourdough Starter (my foolproof stater), Sourdough Bread, Soaked and Sprouted Nuts and Beans, and How to Soak and Sprout Grains to Make your own Sprouted Flour at Home. You can watch it here: And please share the playlist with any other folks you think might be interested in learning about these types of things. I’m passionate about the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (of the Weston A Price Foundation) and want to help as many people as I can learn how to make Traditional “Nutrient Dense” Foods.

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  4. Jeri Stockman says:

    5 stars
    Mary I made this and it was delicious. My question can I substitute Stevia, Monk Fruit Blend, or other low carb sweetener as my daughter is doing the Keto diet and I’d like to make something she can eat. Your response will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      You can, but basically what you will be making is sweetened evaporated milk because the consistency will be slightly different than Condensed milk made with sugar. But it can still work. Hope this helps. Love, Mary❤️🤗❤️

    2. Leanne says:

      I made sweetened condensed milk using evaporated milk and low carb sweetener. It worked GREAT for making no churn ice cream (1 pint of heavy whipping cream whipped to stiff peaks; 1 can of my homemade sweetened condensed milk chilled- I used allulose; and vanilla extract. Whip the whipping cream to stiff peaks, add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Continue to beat until well incorporated. Pour into several (I used 3) freezer safe lidded containers and freeze.

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