Homemade Condensed Milk

Here's another staple that you can make from scratch. I use quite a bit of condensed milk for our homemade creamer. Needless, to say it's cheap at the store. I started making my own. I always have a jar of it in the fridge ready to go. It does take about a while to cook and it's not quite as thick as store bought. I haven't had any problems using it any recipes that call for it.

Here's my recipe:

1 1/2 cups of milk
2/3 cups of sugar
3 Tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix sugar and milk together in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stirring often, bring it to a low simmer over medium-low heat. As soon as steam starts lifting off the milk, lower the heat even further, and when the sugar is entirely dissolved, put the heat as low as it can go. A simmer burner is great for this.
The goal is to reduce the quantity in the pot by approximately half. It takes about 2 hours at  very low heat to reduce to one cup of liquid. If your in a hurry you could have the heat a little higher, but you have to watch it and stir constantly to keep it from burning.
Once reduced, whisk in the butter and vanilla.
There you have, homemade condensed milk. After tasting it you'll find new ways to use. It's really good.

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