Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk


Most Malaysians of my generation and before, grew up with sweetened condensed milk (susu pekat manis) as an essential sweetener to our daily beverages – from Teh Tarik (Pulled Tea) at the local coffee shop to making Milo at home. In fact, the condensed milk could often make or break the taste of your favourite drink. During my childhood, there is nothing more satisfying than spreading condensed milk over toast and butter.

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With canned condensed milk so easily available, why make my own? Because I prefer not to put these ingredients found in the can – food additives, stabilizers and “natural” flavouring”, into my body. Basically condensed milk is just milk and sugar cook until evaporated and thickens. Use full cream (full fat) milk to get the best flavours. Most recipes I found online uses milk powder, well.. don’t get me started talking why I prefer not using milk powder.

I get fresh milk (RM5 for 1.5 liters) from the University Putra Malaysia (UPM)’s farm in Serdang. The veterinary faculty’s farm has various farm animals and the cows are milked daily & pasteurized by the vet students. Cheaper than the carton milk, most of their customers are foreign students studying at UPM.

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The condensed milk became slightly yellowish because I missed out a few stirring and got it a bit burnt. I read about someone using slow cooker without closing the lid that does not require stirring, but it takes more hours. I will try that next time.

Why did I make condensed milk? Because Nigella Lawson is addicted to the Breakfast Bars that uses condensed milk and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Time for some healthy indulgence.. Stay tuned Click here for the Breakfast Bars post!

As Condensed Milk is very much part of Malaysian food scene, this recipe definitely has to be submitted to Muhibbah Malaysian Monday! December Round-up 

Update 11 August 2012 – Many readers have successfully made non-dairy condensed milk with this recipe (read the comments section), you can try with soy milk, nut milk or coconut milk.

Update 5 Nov 2012 – Many have request for the UPM address for fresh milk, I’m sorry that I don’t have the exact address.
From KL, go towards the Mines Shopping Center, UPM is further after that. Look for Hospital Serdang signboard & UPM golf course. The building is called Sales Gallery, near the UPM golf course. The sales gallery is selling produce of the UPM farm-veggie, meat, milk, etc, only open on weekdays 8am-5pm.

I have stop getting milk from UPM after moving away from Serdang. now I’m getting fresh milk from Pastry Pro in Taman Bukit Maluri, Kepong.

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Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
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The healthier substitute of the canned condensed milk, using milk and sugar cooked until volume is reduced by half. Use it to sweeten your beverages, desserts, and toast!
Serves: less than 2 cups
  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar - greatly reduced from the recipes I found online (or use brown sugar / honey)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (Optional - to thicken the milk)
  1. In a heavy-bottomed pot, bring the milk and the sugar to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and simmer very gently for about two hours (yeah, I know..) until the volume is reduced by half. The mixture should be barely simmering and never bubbling at any point. Stir every 15 minutes or so to keep the milk from forming the "skin" on top. I forgot to stir and the milk burnt slightly and turn yellowish instead of remaining white.
  3. After 2 hours, stir in butter.
  4. Remove the pot from heat and let the milk cool. The mixture will thicken further after it has cooled.

When refrigerated, homemade sweetened condensed milk has thicker consistency than the commercial one. You can add a few drops of water and whisk it lightly to get a thinner mixture.

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  1. Magnificent job!

  2. I love this recipe. Perfect solution to too much goats milk in the fridge.
    Have you successfully preserved it? I’d like to try to can it.

  3. I have goats and would like to make this with my goat milk…do you think it would work? I want to make fudge with condensed milk, but I have so much goat milk that I would like to make the condensed milk for the recipe with it first and then put it in the fudge. Also, do you think this would freeze or not? If you don’t know, that is ok. I will try and post after I try it and let you know…

    • I do not see there’s any problem using goat’s milk to make condensed milk. However I’m not sure what the texture of the condensed milk will be like after freezing. Please do let me know, if you had tried freezing a little for experiment 😀

  4. Hi, I just made my sweetened condensed milk, but how long after can I transfer it into a glass jar?

  5. I just made this and mine don’t seem to be thickening it just stays runny. I followed step by step and i redid the milk just in case i did do something wrong and still runny. I waited 4 hours for this and nothing thick. Any idea`s.

    • What milk did you use? Whole full fat milk or low fat milk? If you use low fat milk, it is liquid like water, that will not thicken even after the liquid is reduced by half through boiling.

  6. Can a diabetic show me how to make low sugar condensed milk???

  7. Hi there! My condensed milk came out REALLY thick, its almost like a condensed milk “paste” instead. Is it because I cooked it on the stock for too long? It also came out very lumpy as well, but I’m guessing because I didn’t stir enough throughout the process…am I right? Thank you very much! 🙂

  8. Just made it, so happy! It is just perfect! Perfect taste, perfect color, just waiting for it to cool down to see if it turns a little bit more thick! This is genious, thank you so much!

  9. To prevent a skin from forming on your milk/sugar mixture use a cartouche. Google cooking cartouche to see how one is made!!

  10. Mine turned out grear but how long can it be stored/kept?

  11. great recipe thanks, how long does it keep for in the frig?

  12. this is such a great recipe thanks so much!

  13. Is there anyway to make condensed milk without any sweetener so you can use it as a type of savory pie filling (for a homemade chicken/turkey pot pie)? Or if not, what else would you use?

    • Sweetened condensed milk in savory pie filling? that sound so strange. I usually thicken any recipe with flour or starch when the dish is almost done. Mix 1-2 tablespoon flour to 1/2 cup liquid (make sure the flour is dissolve), before adding to the simmering 1 liter pot of ingredients. Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes and mixture will thicken.

    • Several people asked about using skim or low fat milks and using alternative sweeteners as well. Those will all affect how thick the sweetened milk gets.

      If I were diabetic I would try using stevia as a sweetener or the stevia mix. I am not sure how much sugar you can use as a diabetic.

      They make the low fat sweetened condensed milk commercially however, I am sure they add thickeners. These thickeners are now available in the grocery or specialty stores. CMC, is used as a food glue, thickening agent
      and a binder. Xanthan, guar gum and agar agar, are all used to thicken liquids as well as in a binder for vegan & gluten free baking. These are all used to add to food to make them thick you can buy the at specialty grocers and cake decorating shops.

      Most of these work in cold liquids so I’d wait till they are cooled to add them or look for the directions.



  14. What a great dish.. Thanks for the recipe. I should try this instead of find them at the shop….

  15. I tried making it just now using semi-skimmed milk, but after 3.5 hours (and the mixture was half of its original volume) – the texture is still liquidy. Even after adding 1 tsp of baking soda, it did not thicken. Moreover, there was no bubles on top of the mixture originally, but they appeared after baking soda was added. =( will try making it again when I am free. Nevertheless, thanks for your recipe =)

    • In my opinion, cooking with skim milk will not thicken (no matter how long you boil it). Skim milk is ‘white liquid like water’ with fat remove. Boiling whole milk into half volume, whatever that is lost is the water in the milk being evaporated. What’s left is more fat.

      • Hm. After thinking about it, what you said make sense! I am Malaysian as well, glad that I stumbled across your blog by chance. =D Thanks for your reply. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. =)

  16. Hi, thanks for this recipe. Is it possible to use confectioner’s sugar to speed up the thickening?

  17. cook for 2 hours? Wow…there are simpler recipes that take 10 minutes, as I don’t have 2 hours in a day to stand by the stove.

  18. Hi,

    Could you tell me how much does it yield by using your recipe (1 L milk)? 500 ml? a cup?


  19. Thanks so much for this recipe! I halved it and used 2% milk with a bit of heavy cream. Mine didn’t thicken properly, even after 3 hours, so I added baking soda as another commenter suggested and it worked great. Thanks again! 🙂

  20. Can you please give me recipe for homemade condensed using nonfat dry milk and slow cooker?! Thanks

  21. Does it matter if it’s low fat milk? Or does it have to be whole milk?

  22. Thanks for the recipe, I just made it and it turned out great! I recently discovered your blog and love it.

  23. Mine did not thicken I used long life full cream milk but no butterI boiled it longer and reduced by more than half n did not thicken


  24. If using coconut milk, are the instructions identical to the cow milk recipe? I am trying to make a homemade version of Coco Lopez for pina coladas.

    • Other readers commented to have successfully make it with coconut milk. I have not tried it myself but it should be the same instructions, just make sure to stir it often

  25. Hi,
    Just made this (we too get fresh milk here in India )tastes super yum but the only snag is that it is grainy what could have gone wrong ? Any ways to correct it.thanks

  26. is it ok to use goat’s milk instead? and this won’t be fresh unfortunately, it will be the long life stuff but full fat

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  28. can i put margarine instead of butter?

    • I do not know how margarine will change the texture of the condensed milk. And please dont use margarine, it’s a synthetic product. Omitting butter works great too

  29. is it supposed to be lumpy? How long can it stay good in ice box?

    • I think it became lumpy if you don’t stir it often enough, it might have gotten burnt and turn lumpy. If the temperature of the ice box is below 10C (50F), it should stay good for 2 weeks.

  30. can u use this milk to make brogaderio

  31. This recipe is great; was looking for a way to avoid purchasing a can of condensed milk and found your site that uses “real” ingredients. Made it and did not thicken so added 1/4 tsp baking soda and a bit more sugar and put it back on the stove on low; turned out just like your photo!! And used it for a cherry cheesecake. Awesome. Will definitely never buy can milk again.

    • Hi Barb, glad your condensed milk turned out alright with baking soda. A little bit more baking soda and browning of the milk will turn it into dulce de leche.. oh so good. your cherry cheesecake sounds absolutely deliciously!

  32. Do you sell your homemade condensed milk? I’m interested to purchase them for my desserts. Thanks.

    • Hi Kimi, I don’t sell homemade condensed milk. In fact I haven’t made these for a long time since I found out I’m dairy intolerant. It’s pretty easy to make, especially using slow cooker method shared by one of the readers in the comment section. Good Luck

  33. So easy to make!!! Thankyou for the recipe. This was the first time I have made condensed milk. I would of done this years ago if I knew how easy it was!

  34. which butter should be added??
    can i use normal salted butter?
    plzz rply soon……

  35. I tried this with almond milk – it was still very liquidy when it finished simmering and became gelatinous when it cooled. It was unbearably sweet and difficult to spread.

    However, it was excellent in coffee and tea. When you pour almond milk straight into a hot beverage, you’ll get little granules floating to the top. I didn’t get this problem when using the condensed almond milk. It was smooth and creamy throughout. And it’s not too sweet once dissolved, but I’m someone who likes their coffee and black tea super sweet so I may be biased…

  36. Thanks so much for this recipe! Was glad to find it because I had milk to use up in a hurry (it was close to its expiration date) and condensed milk can be expensive here in Melbourne!

    I found that a skin still forms while the condensed milk is cooling (not sure if that happens in Malaysia too or because the weather is colder here) so I had to cover the entire surface of the condensed milk with clingwrap.

    Also added a pinch of salt (1/8 of a tsp maybe?) to enhance the flavour. Turned out very yummy – will most definitely use this recipe again!

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  38. A very easy recipe with out of this world result, I’m Loving It! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  39. This is a great recipe! I am making my own condensed milk for the first time that I can remember, and didn’t have dried milk on hand. So glad to find this page. In the middle of the night, making chocolate cream pie so I have all the time in the world.

  40. How do i make this with almond milk?

  41. Mine didn’t thicken either. It tastes amazing but took about 3.5 to 4 hours to reduce to 1/2. I used 1L of milk and 1c sugar as called for. I added the butter when that time was up because the recipe said it would take 2 hours and to add the butter at 2 hours (so I assumed that meant to add it at the end). Should I have added it at the 2-hour mark even though I wasn’t anywhere close to it being reduced by half? Even after an overnight in the fridge, it’s still only the consistency of cream. Delicious but runny like cream.

    I’m going to try the baking soda tip you mentioned to another commenter. I had made this to use in a fudge recipe but it won’t work with it being as runny as it is. I’m not sure what I did wrong. :/

    • Hi Peggy. I’m also puzzled with what went wrong. A few possibilities.. Is the milk full fat or low fat? Low fat will give a thinner consistency even though it’s reduced by half. Butter is to be added after the milk is reduced by half (has been evaporated). If you continue simmer after adding butter, the fat in butter will split and form a layer of fat on top.
      Why don’t you make it into dulce leche? Put the condensed milk into jar, place it into a low simmering pot of water for 3-4 hours. 10 hours if using crockpot.

  42. i was looking for this recipe for sooo long 🙂 just wondering if i place the cooking dish into other containing boiling water, that might help to prevent burning? what do you think?

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  44. I can’t wait to try this recipe in my fudge! Thanks for sharing it.

  45. Hi, just wanted to know if anyone has tried making this recipe with granulated Splenda instead? We’re Cuban and also grew up with S. Condensed milk but my 12 y.o. son was diagnosed with diabetes 4 years ago and I’ve had to cut down on most of my recipes that use the Con. milk. I’ve been looking for a sugar free substitute since then…

  46. How long with this keep? Since it has been cooked will it last longer than the expiration date of the milk?

  47. I made this with raw skim milk (we kept most of the cream for other recipes). I made this in the crock pot – on high for 30 minutes until the milk started to steam and sugar was disolved and then on “keep warm” for 2 1/2 hours with the lid off. It was wonderful! I then put that into 1/2 pint canning jars, cleaned the crockpot, put the jars back in the crock pot and covered them with hot water (1″ over the top of the jars). Cooked on low for 10 hours with crock pot lid on. It made the best dulche leche I’ve ever tasted. Gave as gifts this year and made many people happy.

    Thanks for the information to make this without all the additives. Most of the time the canned stuff tastes like the can anyway. This is 1000 times better!

    • Hi Katie. Thanks for sharing your great idea and processes. I’ve tried using slow cooker, but the milk end up clumpy because the skin formed on top. I must try your method, i can imagine me happily licking of the dulche leche! Thanks again and happy new year!

  48. When we heat the milk, cream appears. In such case what should we do?

  49. To make condensed milk, is it necessary to stir? Because me and my friend are going to try this at 6 ‘o’ clock as it is our only free time and 8 is very late so we need to refrigerate it & I’ve hear it thickens it so what should I do?

    • one layer of skin will form when milk is boiling, and usually overboil if it’s not stirred. milk might also get burnt at the bottom of pot. after 2 hours of cooking, the milk will be reduced by half but it will not be very thick. refrigerating will thicken it further, but won’t be as thick as the canned condensed milk. Take it out of fridge to warm to room temperature to make it more liquid for easier usage.

  50. Is it possible to use like rice,coconut or almond milk for this recipe?

  51. Thank you SOOO much for this recipe. Ive recently come across a fudge recipe than needed sweetened condensed milk. And when I checked my cupboards… There was NONE!! So I’ve been searching on the internet for some sweetened condensed milk recipes but all of them but this one uses actual milk. I’ve probably made this condensed milk at least 4 times now and I’m definitely not EVER gonna buy that canned stuff. So I thank you Justasdelish for this. Just a note… On my first try I got impatient so I was tempted to turn up the heat to a medium-high. Don’t do this or you will find little pieces of cooked milk in your condensed milk. Look forward to your further recipes. BYE

    • Hi Tyler, I’m happy that you found this condensed milk recipe useful. Yes, I’ve also found that if the milk is cooked on medium heat, there’s some clumps in the finished condensed milk. Do share with the recipe with your friends, I’m sure many people will be using condensed milk for Christmas cooking/baking.

  52. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Looks amazing, thankful I found it on Pinterest.

  53. Just letting you know how grateful I am for this recipe! I have made it with goats milk as I make home-made florentine biscuits frequently but we have a child with a cow’s milk allergy.
    It works beautifully and is very delicious.

    • It’s always so heartwarming to hear how the condensed milk recipe turns out. and it’s a first time I hear about florentine biscuits. just googled and found some recipes, they look very delicious coated with chocolate. well anything with condensed milk and chocolate is a winner 😀

  54. I am Haitian and I’m making a Haitian Drink call Kremas, which consist of Sweet Condense Milk, Coconut Milk, Almond Extract, Rum and various of spices. I love to make things from scratch, mostly all my dishes are. While making this drink I ran out of (CAN) condense milk, which by the way is very expensive! $2.00 a can, So I said to myself I am sure there is a home made recipe for this. I didn’t want to go to the store again, since I was out all day preparing for Thanksgiving.So I went online and found your recipe : ) online and I have all the ingredients. I will not ever buy can sweet condense milk. This is so easy and much healthier. Thank you so much

    • Hi Evol. The Haitian Kremas drink sounds really exotic and delicious. I’m so happy that the easy condensed milk recipe works well for your drink. and yes it’s so much healthier too. It’s heartwarming to know this recipe helps me to connect with so many people around the world that loves condensed milk, and now to have a new Haitian friend.. 🙂
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂

  55. Can you can this to store it without using a pressure cooker. thanks

  56. Ohhh…I can stop order condensed milk from Singapore!
    May I have the UPM milk supplier contact?

    • oh dear, I don’t have the exact address.
      From KL, go towards the Mines Shopping Center, UPM is further after that. Look for Hospital Serdang signboard & UPM golf course. The building is called Sales Gallery, near the UPM golf course. The sales gallery is selling produce of the UPM farm-veggie, meat, milk, etc, only open on weekdays 8am-5pm.
      I have stop getting milk from UPM, now getting fresh milk from Pastry Pro in Kepong.

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  58. I know I have an easy access to get this SKM (Susu Kental Manis) but it will be healthier to make your our own. Last year it happened I made chocolate condensed milk which is used in many Indonesian sweet desserts and beverages since I have never seen any chocolate condensed milk for sale in Canada unless I have to make special orders to some Indonesian online stores.
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  59. How amazing, I came across this recipe because I am addicted to the Nigella’s breakfast bars you mention and I wanted to make a lactose free version for my lactose intolerant daughter! I will let you know how your condensed milk recipe works using lactose free milk. How funny we are both inspired to make condensed milk because of Nigella! Ps try adding 100g dark chocolate chips to the breakfast bars, mmmm!

    • Yes, this is amazing indeed, we connected because of Nigella’s breakfast bars. Some readers have tried this recipe using coconut milk and soymilk with great success. Do update me how the recipe and breakfast bars turn out for you. and I love your tips on adding choc chips to the bars, choc makes everything taste better 🙂

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  62. Hey! just wondering if anyone actually tried this recipe with a non dairy milk?

  63. I just tried doing this because I LOVE putting condensed milk in my coffee, rather than creamer and sugar, but the resulting mixture came out….not quite right. After it cooled it became rather hard, with just enough give in it to put a finger indention, and it wouldn’t dissolve in cold drinks, only hot ones. (I made it to mix in with my iced coffee…. So much for that idea!)

    Is it maybe because I used a sugar syrup rather than just sugar? I had some leftover sugar syrup from a little rock candy experiment with the kids, and I hate to waste, so I used that, and I also left out the butter at the end.

    Regardless, I will definitely be trying this again with normal sugar soon.

    • I am perplexed with how the mixture became hard, I suspect it might be the sugar syrup. I’ve tried sweetening with honey, after the milk volume has reduced by half and taken off heat. It turnt out ok, just not as thick as adding white sugar to boil with. Hope you try this recipe again.

      • Well I’ve finally given this another shot! And as it turns out, it was the sugar syrup. Makes the milk hard as it cools. Did NOT have that problem this time, and it was delicious! I was a little worried at first how I’d get that wonderful nutty flavor that I taste in the condensed milk when I buy it, but to my pleased surprise, that is apparently the natural flavor. Wonderful! I’m going to make another batch of this eventually, a bigger one. This time I used it in some homemade baked apples, and it was fantastic~

  64. ohmigosh i’m so glad i found your blog. where’ve i been?? living under a coconut shell? it seemed to be nearly impossible to find another malaysian with a lot of passion to avoid commercially produced, preservative-filled packaged products. i make my own yogurt, rice milk and everything else i have time for. i’m definitely gonna try this recipe as soon as possible. just one question (if i’m not re-repeating the question, that is!!); how long would the milk keep in the fridge?

    • Hi Babybooned, Thanks for dropping by my blog and found it useful. I first started my blog to encourage more malaysians to eat real & healthy food, but having a hard time reaching that the right readers. Most of my readers are from USA. Even though the response is slow, I believe in planting the seed of thought, and it’s encouraging when I start seeing family and friends becoming a little more aware and cooking more often day by day. Do help to spread the word to anyone you know who is also on this journey. I have tried making rice milk once, but don’t quite like it.
      About the recipe, I’ve never made big batches to keep, the longest I’ve kept in fridge 2 weeks, it’s difficult to resist not eating by the spoon.. LOL!

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  66. I’m so glad I found your website! I didn’t know making condensed milk could be so simple. I avoid dairy and white sugar so I’m planning to try this using coconut milk and coconut sugar. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    By the way, I’m from the Philippines and we also put condensed milk on our bread! 😀
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    • Hi Aya, thanks for dropping by my site. Yes making condensed milk is that simple. Yay! high 5 for condensed milk on bread!
      I’m not sure about boiling/simmering coconut milk for long hours, I’m afraid it might curdle. maybe you can try with a small batch first. Or you can use other non-dairy milk like soya or any nut milk. I also avoid white sugar, but use it in this recipe for the sake of the photograph. I’ve tried with coconut sugar, the milk turns brown (and taste a bit strange). Brown condensed milk photo doesn’t look so appetising for others 😀

  67. Hi 🙂

    I divided the recipe to make half of a liter.

    I followed the recipe to a t, but it still wasn’t thick. I kept it simmering for 2 hours.

    It’s been over 12 hours since its been in the refrigerator, but still not thick.

    • Hi Melissa, I’m scratching my head, wondering what could have gone wrong.
      has the volume of the milk been reduced to half after 2 hours?
      did you stir in butter after 2 hours of simmering?
      if your answer is “yes” to both question, there’s a last method you can try. Bring the chilled milk to boil, and add in 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. stir and let it simmer for 5-10 minutes or maybe longer, the milk should start to thicken. Adding baking soda while making condensed milk will turn it into dulce de leche..
      hope this helps!

  68. Can you freeze this if you make alot?

    • I haven’t tried but I don’t see why it can’t be frozen, as I’ve frozen milk, yogurt & buttermilk. If you want to freeze, store them in small bags so it’s easier to use as needed.

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  70. Wow! Thanks so much for this! I’ve been living in Korea and desperate for good condensed milk!
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  71. I made this today with organic whole milk and xylitol instead of sugar. Came out AMAZING! Thank you for the recipe.

  72. My son is allergic to cow’s milk. Can this be made with almond or soy milk?

    • There is no other type of condensed non-dairy milk for sale in the country where I live, so I was surprised to find condensed soy milk products when I google for it. The method with non-dairy milk should be the same, cook milk and sugar until the volume is reduced by half or maybe 1/3 to help thicken it. Hope this helps and good luck!

  73. Definitely I will try this one. The best recipe on the web. I mean it. It’s the only one recipe that it’s made with real milk (I mean without powder milk), that I can found.
    Thank you!

    • Oh Yahaira, thank you for your comments! It’s very sweet of you. I just made some a few days ago 🙂 Do update me how the recipe turn out for you. Have a great day!

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  75. Heyy i was wondering if you can half the recipe seeing as i don’t have 1 litre of milk and i want to make it now but i can’t buy and more milk? and if i do half the recipe how long do you think it will take to make and how much condense milk will there be?. but if i can’t then how much condense milk will there be if i make it with 1 litre of milk?

    thanks Ally

    • Hi Ally, yes you can half this recipe. i’m not sure how long the cooking time might take for half liter, but definitely less than
      2hours. you will have to check and stir about every 15mins until the milk become half the volume. 1 litre milk gave me about 1 1/2 tin of condense milk (450g). hope my explanation helps.

  76. is it possible to double the recipe in a large thick bottom pan? and if so will the time it takes to make increase?

    • There’s no problem to double the recipe. After consulting my mama (mothers seem to know everything :P), our conclusion is doubling the recipe to 2 liters milk will definitely increase the cooking time, but should be less than 4 hours, maybe 3 hours. Please share with me after you have tried it, I’m sure the other readers would like to know too. good luck!

  77. Wow I love this! Do you think it would be okay to use goats milk? May have to try this next week, with the breakfast bars, totally yummy.
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  78. gonna try his soon for my sisters in law who take so much of the sugar laden condensed milk. and then i’ll use some to make the granola bars snacks:D
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  79. Just wondering if you tried this in the slow cooker?

  80. Im addicted to sweetened milk and was looking for recipes..also found where is simple used powder milk with hot water, sugar and butter mixed together..I think those two hours will pay 🙂
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  81. Oh wow, I think I would just eat this with a spoon haha

  82. Great information. Would you mind sharing info (address, phone number, direction from KL) on University Putra Malaysia (UPM)’s farm in Serdang? where i can get the fresh milk? thanks.

    • I don’t have the exact address. From KL, go towards the Mines Shopping Center, UPM is further after that. Look for Hospital Serdang signboard & UPM golf course. The building is called Sales Gallery, near the UPM golf course. The sales gallery is selling produce of the UPM farm-veggie, meat, milk, etc

      • Hi Shannon,

        I still can’t accept that our local condensed milk producers have decided that palm product is a ‘wonderful’ and ‘superb’ additive to our canned condensed milk. Don’t know if such action makes it healthier to begin with but I know that the canned condensed milk starts clumping after a while even before we open the can. Eeeps!
        Appreciate your good reminder that we should live our lives healthily and not always take shortcuts. I shall endeavour to make this after my travel to Serdang’s UPM Sales Gallery this weekend.
        Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this wonderful recipe.

        • Hi Yukimayu, thanks for your kind words. I’m happy that you are inspired to make your own condensed milk. I just made some 2 days ago, for strawberry cheesecake ice cream 🙂
          It’s ok to take shortcuts once a while, I do too. Why not take fresh ingredients that’s still full of life force, instead a processed food that sits on the shelf for 3 years. besides additive, many of our local products are allowed many artificial flavours, colours, flavour enhancers, just makes me shudder everytime I read the food labels.
          I have moved away from Serdang, so I haven’t been to UPM for 6 months. A friend told me that there’s quite a long queue everyday for milk. Now I’m getting my fresh milk from Pastry Pro in Kepong, or you can try to find some milk delivery man around your area too.

          • Thank you for the good tip on the line. I’ll probably try the trip for the fun of it since we’re pretty near to the place. Didn’t do it the merdeka weekend, will probably try it this Saturday. Hope they are open on Saturdays, aiks.

          • i just found out the UPM sales center is only open on weekdays 8am-5pm. it will still be a fun trip to explore UPM, there’s horses, farm animals, fruit farms, the place is huge

  83. You are so lucky to have a source for fresh milk! I’m envious. I am the biggest fan of condensed milk so to NOW be able to make my own is very, very exciting! Thanks so much for the recipe and the process!

    • After making the condensed milk, I have become addicted to it – adding them to my daily breakfast. My sis thinks I’m nuts to make my own but homemade ones tastes so much better and creamier. Yes I’m lucky to have my man getting the fresh milk for me every week!

  84. Oh my goodness, you are so patient! I used to love condensed milk, my parents always had a container in the fridge to add to their tea. When they weren’t watching, I’d steal spoonfuls for myself ! As a side note, I went to UPM! Brings back memories 🙂

    • Haha am only patient for the food I crave! It’s so cute to read about condense milk stories when we are kids.

      On the side note: My fiance went to UPM too, and his brother is now studying in the vet faculty.

  85. Oh wow this is amazing i will try it for sure. I also have a food blog and I LOVE Malaysia its one of my favorite places to visit 🙂

  86. Love it………Shannon. It is easy ~~~ I will try to make my own condensed milk. Thanks for sharing.

  87. How cool is this!! I never knew this could be made at home. And yes, I remember having condensed milk on bread when I was little and even suck it out of those little packs they used to come in. Hahahahaha! I can’t believe I did that! I can’t even imagine doing it now … sooo sweet! But this was good to know, and so easy to make (except for the 2 hours of stirring).

    • pretty cool huh? i tried my condensed milk on bread a few days ago.. oh it’s such a treat! makes me feel like a little kid once more 😛 didn’t remember little packs of condensed milk, i think i would have suck it too, just like you!

  88. Ann: Give it a try next time, it’s quite easy.

    Alyssa: I just prefer them homemade, especially if the recipe is really easy. yup they sure tastes better!

  89. Liz: Thanks! Do give it a try, it’s super easy

    Ruth: Thanks for dropping by. yup natural is the best

    Stephanie: I have to check out your cookies with condensed milk

  90. I never thought about all of the additives in canned condesned milk, but I’m sure there are tons. This is great! It looks better than the stuff in the can and I’m sure the homemade stuff tastes better too!

  91. That’s amazing! It never even occurred to me that you could make your own!

  92. I’ve always wondered if I could just make my own condensed milk. I just made cookies with it the other day and I totally licked the spoon!

  93. Wonderful recipe! It’s great to have the option of making what we love the natural way 🙂 I will definetely keep this in mind!

  94. Fabulous recipe!!! I just have to try this!

  95. Shaheen: it is news to me that condensed milk is expensive. Now you can make your own

    JavelinWarrior: yup, what’s not to love about condensed milk.. 😛 Javelin Happy = Me happy 🙂

    Tori: I don’t mind finishing this whole jar condensed milk on a good day :p

  96. Swoon. I know a bad day is a bad day when all I want to do is eat condensed milk straight out of a can with a spoon. This may prove dangerous knowledge to have.

  97. Wow… This is amazing and I’m so glad you made it all from scratch! And it’s easy. And it’s gorgeous. What’s not to love about this recipe? Thank you so much for sharing… Me = Happy

  98. I am so thankful for your recipe and will be bookmarking for the future. Condensed milk is soooo expensive, so its good to know how to make your own.

  99. Balvinder: Yes, you may lick the spoon clean 🙂

    Little Corner: It’s not easy to find canned products in Malaysia without the additional artificial stuff, so just make my own. condensed milk is now once in a blue month indulgence..

    Easyfoodsmith: Thank you for the buzz!

  100. Kudo to you for making your own. Luckily the fat free condensed milk that I am using now only have two ingredients listed, fat free milk and sugar. I know some condensed milks even have trans fat in it and made with artificial stuff. In that case, good to make your own.

  101. I just want to lick that spoon, if you allow.

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