Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk

You know how it is – you’ve decided you ARE going to make that dessert, and you’ve only got minutes to get it done before you have to go shower and get ready for the party you’re supposed to take that dessert to, and drats! You’ve forgotten the sweetened condensed milk. What to do….go to the store to grab it and forgo the shower (and wearing a baseball cap is NOT an option) or, run to your pantry and grab a couple of quick things and make it yourself! It seriously only takes a few minutes!

You know how it is - you have decided you are going to make that dessert for a party, but you have forgotten the sweetened condensed milk. What to do....go to the store to grab it  or run to your pantry and grab a couple of quick things and make it yourself! It seriously only takes a few minutes!

How to Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk?

(thanks to about.com for the recipe when I was in a hurry and needed to get this done!)


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



Combine all ingredients in a metal bowl and mix well with a wire whisk (works better than spoon to get it good and mixed). This recipe equals one regular can of sweetened condense milk. It really is best for a single use – don’t double the batch to put some aside.

Now – go get dressed – I’d choose the blue dress!

What? You don’t stock Powdered Milk in  your pantry? Even if you only stock a bit, here are some great uses for it!

Substitute for regular milk in recipes – when milk prices shoot through the roof, reconstituting dry milk can help you cut back on your grocery budget by cooking with it, instead of using up your drink reserves.

Add a scoop or two to skim milk – to increase the flavor and protein profile without going to a higher fat milk product (though skim milk = ewww in my book. Well, honestly, all milk = ewww for me)

Combine equal parts powdered milk, cocoa powder and sugar = hot chocolate mix! Just mix with hot water – do it in large batches and you’ll be able to have a great gift for Christmas – just add festive things like crushed peppermint and small marshmallows to a canning jar, fill it with the mix, add instructions a cute top and voila! Christmas gift.

Here are some other great uses for powdered milk  like face masks, insect bite/sunburn relief, paint and cheese.


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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

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1 thought on “Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk”

  1. My childhood memories of powdered milk:EWWWW we hated that stuff. No way could we be tricked into thinking it wasn’t. Does it taste better now?


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