Homemade Condensed Milk

I love condensed milk. There’s something about sweetened condensed milk. The familiar clink when you open a tin of Amul Mithai Mate aka sweetened condensed milk, that shiny layer of milk beckoning you to bliss.
I have eaten too many tins, stolen too many spoonfuls every night, avoided a handful of people while I slowly drank and devoured of what I’m sure is the water of heavens.

After burning too many holes in my very small pockets, and having intense condensed milk cravings every other hour, I decided I would make condensed milk at home. No canned stuff. No more holes. The unmatched satisfaction of seeing what actually goes into making what you eat. And most of it, knowing that there’s nothing that you don’t know about in there.

With this sweetened  condensed milk recipe, I won’t be buying the canned stuff . EVER. I’m sure you won’t too.

This recipe is simple, foolproof and has absolutely no scope to not work out. All you have to do is stir at equal intervals, and for some , two hours may seem really long. But trust me, this is worth the wait. If you’re getting too impatient, you can increase the flame ; however you need to be on your toes constantly because in a split second the milk can scald and leave an unwanted taste.
I prefer keeping my flame on medium low, actually going to the lowest more often.
No risks . And every 10-15 minutes an occasional stir is all that it needs.

Ingredients:
1 litre milk
200 gm sugar
A pinch of soda bicarbonate
[1 teaspoon cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp water(Optional) ]
3 tbsp butter (Optional)

Recipe:
In a wide bottomed vessel pour the milk and heat it . As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the flame to the lowest and add the sugar and soda

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The milk should hardly boil at all. Keep stirring this every 5-10 minutes, and after 1 hour, add in the cornflour.
After nearly 2 hours, the mixture would look like this

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Add in the butter and switch of the flame.
Transfer in to an airtight jar once it has cooled. Store as you would store-bought condensed milk

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Homemade condensed milk is ready!
The milk gets thicker as it cools. You can add some milk or water to adjust it to your liking .

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