Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk


I bake a lot during the holidays and often use canned or sweet milk. My neat little neighbor lady gave this recipe to me that her mother gave to her. It is a money saver, especially since I always have a box of powdered milk in the house on stand-by.


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oleo or margarine
  • 1 cup powdered milk


Place first three ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into blender, slowly add powdered milk as blending. Blend until smooth. Keep refrigerated.

Great for use in Pumpkin Pies or any recipe that requires canned or sweet milk.

Servings: 1 cup
Time: 12 Minutes Preparation Time
5 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: "Nel" my sweet little neighbor lady

By sleepygrandma from Lincoln, NE


By Jo 12 13 11/04/2010

This sounds like a really good recipe but what is the difference between oleo and margarine? Can butter be used?

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  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoonfuls Powdered Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar


Mix all ingredients together and let stand in the refrigerator 2 hours or longer, before using.

By Terri H.

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

What is the recipe for Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk? Thanks.

By jamish

RE: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. powdered milk
Combine all ingredients. Heat to boiling. Cook until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Equals 1 can. (06/27/2009)

By micksgirl

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/3 cups instant dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cups sugar


Put in blender in order given. Blend for one minute until well mixed. Pour into container and store in refrigerator. Make sure to cool before using.

Yields 1 1/3 cups or equal to 1 can.

By Karen from NH

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

This makes the equivalent of one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk.


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter


Heat a bowl of water in the microwave until it is very hot (or use tap water if you can get it steaming hot).

Combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Add the hot water and beat with an electric mixer or wire whisk until smooth.

Note: This should be made as you need it and will not store well. One recipe equals one can of store bought sweetened condensed milk.

By Laurie from Pahrump, NV

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

If you ever find that you do not have sweetened condensed milk in your pantry, the substitute taste practically the same as the canned stuff.


  • 1 cup non-fat instant milk
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt


Put in blender and process till smooth.

Source: I got this from the chef when I worked at a restaurant some 25 years ago.

By Elaine from IA

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

Old recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk.


  • 1 cup instant milk
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt


Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. This equals 1 can.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Archive: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

This is an economical substitute for Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 4 cups instant milk powder


Combine water and sugar in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Pour mixture in blender. Add butter or margarine. Blend on low, gradually adding milk powder. Blend on medium until smooth. Makes about 3 1/2 cups, enough to replace 4 (14-oz.) cans of sweetened condensed milk.

Servings: 2 cans
Time:5 Minutes Preparation Time
15 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Today's Tips For Easy Living by Dian Thomas

By Monica from Cortez, CO

RE: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

I am wondering how you store this. I like the idea of having extra "cans" on hand but how long will this keep in the refrigerator? Can you freeze the extra in individual containers or do you need to use this right away? (07/23/2010)

By ms. carmen

RE: Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

How funny! I was going through my mom's recipe box last night and came across her recipe for this that is about 30-35 years old and was thinking I should post it-and here it is in my next email! (07/23/2010)

By lyonpridej