In Denmark we don't have condensed milk in our regular stores and I've actually only seen it in an UK-import store a few years ago. Is there an alternative to it or can you craft it with regular cooking equipment?

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    Is that sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk? If one is talking about condensed they usually mean the sweetened stuff, but occasionally they mean evaporated instead.
    – BarrettJ
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 20:24
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    If you're making something sweet it's almost always sweetened condensed.
    – BarrettJ
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 20:43
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    SuperBrugsen which must be considered a regular store carries Nestles condensed milk. However you may need to ask for where they put it - in my local SuperBrugsen it sits on the shelve with turkish goods.
    – soegaard
    Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 17:26
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    Seems like it's becoming quite available in danish stores these days, I guess it's after people started spreading out into icecream and toffee recipes.
    – cyberzed
    Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 11:16
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    Along with turkish, you might try the East Asia food section as it is used to make en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_iced_coffee
    – pjz
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 19:14

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To make sweetened condensed milk:

The best make-your-own version is to mix 1 cup of evaporated milk with 1-1/4 cups of sugar in a saucepan, heat and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, and let cool.

If you don't have evaporated milk on hand either, you can make your own by slowly simmering any quantity of milk in a pan until it reduced by 60%, and then adding the sugar.

Source: http://www.ochef.com/125.htm

Another recipe that sounds like a lot more work and uses powdered milk: http://www.ehow.com/how_4903555_make-condensed-milk.html

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    Evaporated milk is...? (unknowing dane here :))
    – cyberzed
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 20:40
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    Evaporated milk is milk that has had some of it's water content removed (by evaporation or cooking it off, slowly).
    – BarrettJ
    Commented Jul 9, 2010 at 20:43
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    You could also make condensed milk from regular whole milk. Just cook down the milk (whilst stirring constantly to stop the milk sticking and burning) in a heavy bottomed pot until it loses about a quarter / a third of its volume, then add the sugar.
    – Bala Clark
    Commented Jul 10, 2010 at 17:36

Mix 2 1/4 cups of blue milk and 1/2 cup of sugar. Mix.

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    What is blue milk? Googling provides no reasonable hits.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented May 18, 2013 at 14:25
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    @SAJ14SAJ Wild guess: 2% milk, since I think it's the one most commonly sold with a blue label?
    – Cascabel
    Commented May 18, 2013 at 17:14
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    @Jefromi I had no idea there was a convention for that--but it would be regional, if it exists, I think...
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented May 18, 2013 at 17:24
  • My guess is it's regional. Where I live evaporated milk is usually labelled in blue. But googling it with its English name shows many cans with red labels.
    – J.A.I.L.
    Commented May 18, 2013 at 23:50
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    In the UK, blue-topped milk is full-fat. I assume that's what gemma means, as to the best of my knowledge most condensed milk is made from raw unskimmed milk. For completeness: green is semi-skimmed ("2%"), and red is skimmed.
    – jam
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 11:37

One recipe of mine has peanut butter as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk but I don't think this is appropriate for all recipes. It is convenient, as I always have some peanut butter in the pantry.

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    I would guess that it is a very small subset of recipes which will work with this kind of substitution.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 20:04

Condensed milk and evaporated milk have the same consistency (almost) simply because both of them are made by the same process of evaporating 60% of the water content but the similarity ends there. Because sweet condensed milk contains added sugar you cannot substitute condensed milk for evaporated milk. Evaporated milk is not as sweet as condensed milk.


This has some good to amazing reviews.

Sweetened condensed milk substitute

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients and use as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk in recipes for pies, bars and desserts.

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    Sweetened condensed milk really is just milk with a bunch of sugar and less water. This is going to be way different - different flavor from the salt, vanilla, and brown sugar, different thickening and binding properties from the eggs and flour, and maybe even a bit of leavening from the baking powder.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 22:23
  • This recipe has some great qualitys, and it is made from basic kitchen ingredents! This recipe was also a help to my sister who was making cheescake, and we didn't happen to have some spare condensed milk around the kitchen! Thank you, " Seasoned Advice"!
    – user17251
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 20:52
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    This is nasty and has no similarity at all to the product it supposedly is a substitute for.... and has raw eggs, where condensed milk is often used without further cooking in refrigerator pies, for example.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Jan 22, 2014 at 19:54

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