MYO Sweetened Condensed Milk

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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 of all, 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: No-Bake Cherry Fluff Dessert. It calls for a can of sweetened condensed milk in its list of ingredients. But I haven’t actually purchased this milk in years once I found out how easy it is to make myself.

It's shocking how easy it is to make sweetened condensed milk. In our area a can of the name-brand stuff sells for about $3.49. CRAZY! #TexasHomesteader

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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 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!)

I absolutely love my Ninja blender! #TexasHomesteader

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!

It's shocking how easy it is to make sweetened condensed milk with powdered milk, sugar and butter. In our area a can of the name-brand stuff sells for about $3.49. CRAZY! #TexasHomesteader

Can you even believe how quickly 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.


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!

It's shocking how easy it is to make sweetened condensed milk. In our area a can of the name-brand stuff sells for about $3.49. CRAZY! #TexasHomesteader

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



  1. Heat 1/2 cup water to boiling, add the butter and stir to melt. Pour into blender and add dry milk, sugar & vanilla.
  2. Cover and blend on high speed for about 20 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Use immediately, store in refrigerator in a covered container for one week or freeze for up to six months.


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77 thoughts on “MYO Sweetened Condensed Milk

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  2. Keri

    This homemade sweetened condensed milk sounds great! I think substituting water for the pineapple juice is smart. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  4. Marilyn Lesniak

    I have made buttermilk but not condensed milk. I through out 3 cans just this week making Thanksgiving recipes! Pinned. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Please come back next week and share what you have been working on!

  5. Liz

    this is awesome! I have never thought to make this myself. I usually only use this for a couple Christmas recipes, I can’t wait to try the homemade version this year! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m in the same boat, Liz. I only need it for special recipes I make during the holidays but I hate to buy it. Not only is is expensive but by making it myself I can eliminate one more tin can from my recycling efforts. PRE-cycling is something that’s important to me, so this is a win/win for the Taylor Household! ~TMH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      OMGosh Michele, I make this every holiday – Cherry Schtuff is a non-negotiable dish my family demands that I bring every Thanksgiving & Christmas. Thankfully it’s all easy to pull together, is no-bake, is delicious and loved by all. ~TMH~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’ve always been shocked out how easy it is to make this, Janet. It literally takes more time to fetch the few ingredients than it does to whip up my own sweetened condensed milk. ~TMH~

  6. Elaine

    What a great idea to make your own! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! I’m excited to start the party back up this week…hope you can come join me! Happy New Year! Pinned!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Although I have a recipe that I make several times each year that requires sweetened condensed milk, I’ve not bought the commercial stuff for several years – this recipe always fills the need! Give it a try, Tracy. I think you’ll like it. ~TMH~

  7. Simple Nature Decor

    Hope you can stop by Fabulous Friday again and share more of your very unique posts… love condensed milk that you shared at my last party
    Thanks Maria

  8. Erlene

    I had no idea it was so easy to make condensed milk. I’ll have to try this since I use a lot of condensed milk during the summer months for cold desserts.

  9. Nina

    Will have to give this one a try, too . . . so much better when we can make it right here at home. Thanks for sharing, Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

  10. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    This is so cool. I try to only use fresh ingredients, and there are some things I did not realize I could get around. I don’t like eating things that you can’t pronounce. I am pinning this so that I have it for future reference! Thanks.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m right there with ya Nikki. I think those things you can’t pronounced served a purpose at one time, convincing people they couldn’t possibly make these items themselves because they didn’t have this scientific-sounding ingredient. Now people are shunning those scientific-sounding ingredients and finding it’s EASY to make many things ourselves. We save money AND eat healthier at the same time! ~TMR~

  11. Amy

    What a great tip – thanks so much!! Very occaissonally I need this for a recipe and I never have it on hand. How much better (and cheaper!) to just make it – thanks so much. Pinning to save it!
    PS-I stopped over from This is how we roll thursday.

  12. Joyce @ It's Your Life

    Great post, I have had a hard time finding organic condensed milk. When I did it was expensive, it is nice to know I can make my own. Pinned, shared, followed you here from Tuesdays with a Twist.

  13. Renz

    Wow. I never thought of making my own condensed milk. I’ll def try. I used a ninja this weekend from my sister to make some icec ream and i realized the greatness.. lol.. I will be getting on.

    *Passing through from “Anything Goes Linkup”*

  14. Rachel

    I learn so many cool and empowering things from you that I would never have thought to do on my own. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

  15. Terri Presser

    This is great, thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. How wonderful to be able to make this instead of buying it and remembering to have it in my cupboard. Blessings to you and yours.

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  18. Anna

    I am soooo excited to find this post. I just published a post on my blog with the recipe for my 2 ingredient fudge and of course it uses sweetened condensed milk. I love finding ways to reduce my family’s chemical exposure and this suits perfectly. I will definitely add a link to your recipe on my page!

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  20. Patricia

    I came back to say I made this today actually assisted my Five yr old granddaughter and let her make it 🙂
    Turned out perfect!
    AND !!!
    I used it to make caramels … And it turned out too. 🙂

  21. Ken

    I’ve been using my homemade scm for my go to bread recipe. Works well. Merry Christmas from the other side of the county!

  22. Taryn

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I am adding it to my collection. Like you, I have many reasons for wanting to do it myself, but for me, it’s mostly the satisfaction of knowing I can make my own. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  23. Bobbie

    Great idea! I’m going to give this one a try.
    About the extra pineapple juice: I use crushed pineapple in quick breads. My DH loves to drink the juice but most times I have more than he can drink. Solution: I pour the juice (pulp and all) in ice cube trays and freeze it. When frozen I remove the cubes and store them in zip-lock freezer bags in the freezer. When the hot weather hits, we add a few to a glass of water for a refreshing and cool drink.
    Nothing is wasted at our house, if possible.
    But I’m with you, I hate adding the cans to the landfills.
    Happy Holiday and thanks for the great recipe for the milk.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Like you, I always strive to waste nothing in our home. I love your idea about making the juice into cubes for summertime sipping, I’ll have to give that a try. During the hotter months I also stir sweet canned-fruit juice into my unsweetened yogurt, or mix into my low-fat banana ‘ice cream’ to flavor and sweeten it. It’s easy to reduce waste if you just think outside the box. ~TMR~

  24. CTY

    Although I am still perfecting it, I make a coconut version with coconut milk & coconut extract (add towards the very end because the extract does not like heat). I use it mostly for a frozen Ambrosia recipe and DIY Mounds & Almond Joy. We never really liked coconut before this.

  25. Patricia

    I’m like you– if I can MYO anything… I try it. I have recipes – not committed to memory– but many, I collect and write down. I say write down because in a true emergency– I won’t have access to Pinterest or the Internet…sweeten condensed milk is a must! LOL!!!!
    I’m like you… I live in the country, distance, convenience and time are ALL MONEY savers if I can make my own.
    I’m going to give this a try for sure. 😉

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I’m with ya Patricia! The drive to town, the purchase price of the milk and yet another tin can to the landfill. I MYO any time I can for those three reasons alone, plus homemade versions are almost always healthier too. Give this milk a try, I think you’ll be pleased. ~TMR~

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It’s always been a tradition that our youngest drinks the pineapple juice, but she moved to the other side of the U.S. with her hubby. 🙁 I just couldn’t bear to throw it out so it made me feel a little better that at least it got used. ~TMR~

  26. Texas Homesteader Post author

    I guess I’m a little late to the game Colleen – although I’ve been making this sweetened condensed milk for years, I remember the “eureka” moment when I figured out how ridiculously easy it was to make. I always just assumed this was an expensive item I’d need to buy whenever a recipe warranted it. I love your ‘Miracle Pan Release’ formula too. I typically shy away from the sprays and this would be the perfect substitution. Thanks for sharing! ~TMR~

  27. ColleenB.

    Gosh, can’t remember when I last bought a can of this stuff at the store, as I have always made my own for years now. I’m like you; why buy when it’s so easy to make.

    If interested I have a recipe that I will share which is called; ‘Miracle pan Release.’
    1/2 cup Crisco solid shortening
    1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
    1/2 cup flour
    Whip ingredients together and store in air-tight container and store in refrigerator. To Use: Wipe a thin layer or use pasty brush and evenly coat bottom and sides of baking pans. I use this on my waffle iron – my bundt pans, etc.
    (you can make in amount, just use Equal amounts of all 3 ingredients)

    1. Janny

      This is a very useful recipe. Thank you for sharing. Just a note that if you substitute organic coconut oil, which is solid when stored in a cool place, for the Crisco this coating becomes “heart healthy.” Thanks, again.

          1. Texas Homesteader Post author

            (blushes) sorry Janny I didn’t notice that connection. Thanks for the clarification. Great thought about substituting coconut oil – I love that stuff! ~TMR~

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