Easy Homemade Caramel or Dulce de Leche from Sweetened Condensed Milk!

We just got a new coupon for $0.50 off any Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, I hope you printed it! This coupon, paired with doubles and a sale should make for some very inexpensive condensed milk. So what can we do with all of it?!

There’s a very, very delicious “recipe” for homemade caramel out there and the only ingredient is Sweetened Condensed Milk! There are a few ways to make it, so take your pick.

First way, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the entire can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. The whole can, unopened, no holes, just the can. Make sure it is covered with a layer of water at all times. Lightly boil for 3-4 hours. You will probably have to add more boiling water to keep the can covered, so I would have another pot or tea kettle ready.

Second way, fill your crock pot with water and submerge the can of  Sweetened Condensed Milk. Set on Low for 8 hours.

When the time is up for either way, remove from water (Jar Lifters for canning work perfect) and sit aside to cool. Do NOT open the jar until it has reached room temperature or it will explode on you.

Third way, pour the Sweetened Condensed Milk into a double boiler and cook that way for about 2 hours.

Fourth way, create a “double boiler” method in your oven. See exact recipe below at the Eagle Brand website.

And then voila! Beautiful “caramel”, also known as dulce de leche. It’s perfect for dipping fruits or ice cream topping.

You can store leftovers in the fridge for quite some time. You can make a double batch and don’t open one can – it’ll last in the fridge sealed for months.

Now, I know someone of you will have something to say about the BPA in the can. By all means, I’m not expert of metal chemicals, but I have to address this because I’ll get nasty comments and emails about me killing my family with this caramel. Apparently, BPA doesn’t melt until a certain temperature which may not be reached while boiling the can, while BPA still leeches itself to food anyway the boiling may not cause too much of a difference. BUT if you’re concerned, open the sweetend condensed milk before boiling and dump it into a glass canning jar, place a lid on it, and can it like you would normally. I don’t know how long this method takes. I assume you could put it in the pot like in the first idea for 3-4 hours, but it might not take that long. Or just use method 3 and 4 since you don’t cook in the can with those steps.

So there it is! Super easy, super delicious! Print the $0.50 off any Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk coupon and pick it up next time you’re out!


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