If I make my own sweetened condensed milk, is it healthy? (Umm…well…no, but…)

I’ve hesitated to do a post on this since I discovered it (in the process of learning to make my own homemade Irish Cream Liqueur), because, really, what redeeming Green value is there in sweetened condensed milk?

But on the other hand, it’s delicious, it is a key ingredient in the Easy Version of a lot of recipes, and I confess that since I learned to make it I have had this disturbing tendency to sneak into the little tupperware container with a spoon.  And making your own makes it easier to continue your boycott of Nestle products.

So: what the hell? Here we go (this was my source, but it’s identical to lots of others)–

Sweetened Condensed Milk recipe (makes the equivalent of 1 can)

  • into a blender, put 1 cup nonfat milk powder, 2/3 cup sugar, a few drops of vanilla, and 3 tbs melted butter (about 15 seconds in my microwave)
  • Boil 1/2 cup water in the microwave and immediately pour into blender. Cover and turn on. (No, seriously, don’t forget to put the cover on.)
  • Blend on high for about 30 seconds, or until it’s all smooth and gooey.
  • Transfer to another container, or into several small containers to freeze in smaller portions that can be thawed as you need them
  • Lick the blender when your spouse isn’t looking

For me the key part is making sure the water is REALLY hot when you add it to the powdered stuff, otherwise it won’t dissolve and you end up with paste rather than goo. Goo is definitely what you want. (One must appreciate the distinction.)

And what can you do with this stuff, besides just attacking it with a spoon? Here are some ideas:

  • Put it in coffee or tea
  • Make homemade dulce de leche
  • Hot fudge sauce. (Ice cream optional)
  • Easy fudge
  • Irish Cream Liqueur (or probably just about any cream liqueur…brandy would be delicious.)
  • Just as easy truffles–use any liqueur you like for flavoring
  • Okay, I probably shouldn’t put this on here, since they’re about as “green” as your average Girl Scout cookie, but they are also just as nostalgic–remember Hello Dolly bars? Those amazing concoctions with different kinds of chips and graham cracker crust and coconut on top, with sweetened condensed milk poured all over them before baking? OMG…

Like I say, this stuff is pure indulgence–I can’t even pretend that it’s anything but wildly full of empty calories.  But on the other hand, your blender and containers probably don’t have BPA in the lining, and if you’ve gotten your ingredients from good sources you know you’re not supporting someone who pushes baby formula in poverty-stricken third-world countries and hands out free samples that last just long enough for a mother’s own milk to dry up.

And…I have to say…it’s so incredibly decadently yummy. Seriously. Go ahead and lick that blender.

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Posted on February 21, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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