Boiling The Can...

Baking By kickasscakes Updated 22 Mar 2010 , 5:36pm by Sipot

kickasscakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:09am
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Looking for the instructions on how to make dulce de leche, by boiling the can...

I would like to use it in buttercream, to flavour the buttercream... Is this possible? And, I will use the rest in the layers of the cake.


19 replies
KoryAK Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:23am
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Just boil the can of sweetened condensed milk (covered in water) for 1 hour. cool. open. yum. HTH

vickymacd Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:33am
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I tried this years ago when it first came on the net, and I swear it said to
boil it for 4 hours. Either way, it was gross! It wasn't worth the trouble, time or the staining of my pot. Just my opinion.

Roxybc Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:42am
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Can't you just buy it already made in the can? At least here in the UK you can. Carnation sells it right next to the condensed milk here.

Doug Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:47am
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check ethnic foods aisle -- Mexican to see it is not already available in the can there

jillycakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 12:59am
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I boil the can for 2 to 2.5 hours, depending how thick I want it. I love it. Just make sure that the can is completely submerged for the entire time!

kickasscakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 1:13am
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thanks guys, you rock~!

DeeDelightful Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 1:28am
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I have always removed the can's label, completely removed the top of the can and boil with the water almost to the top of can. Stir occassionally for about 2-2 1/2 hours. Tastes great to me and once it cools I'm sure you can mix with buttercream.

Narie Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 1:40am
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Please do not boil the sealed can. This practice has earned the name suicide pudding when the can explodes. Not every can does and proper procedure reduces the likelihood, however Dulce de Luche is availible in many grocery stores with Mexican foods. Take the extra time and search for it in the store rather than risking your home or health.

JanH Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 2:18am
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Caramel from Condensed Milk in 15 minutes!:


kickasscakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 3:13am
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The house is full of smoke, the pot is black and a box of SOS pads later, all is ok again. Thanks for the safety warning. Apparently the pot ran dry. Looks like I will be running the U.S. to look for some in the store.


kickasscakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 3:20am
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....kabooooom icon_eek.gif

milkmaid42 Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 3:40am
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Slightly related: I went to church one Sunday morning, forgetting that I had a pan full of eggs on to hard boil for a potato salad that afternoon. Three hours later and two blocks from the house, a horrible smell assailed my nostrils. Feeling my way through a smokey house, I discovered shells ON THE CEILING and fragments of egg everywhere. It must have been a war zone in there. I almost feel I would have been safer with condensed milk! (I do use that method, though. I know, I know...I am just cautious to keep it covered with water and I boil, or simmer, mine for 3 hours. You all can say "I remember her when...")

KSMill Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 3:59am
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Our family's done this for years. It is critical to make sure the cans are ALWAYS well covered with water OR THEY WILL EXPLODE. The resulting carmel is great! At 3 hours, we slice it and put 1/4 inch slices on top of pineapple rings, then top each with whipped cream. It's a family holiday tradition.

KSMill Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 4:00am
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Forgot to say, we boil at the lowest heat possible to bring to a boil, not high heat or hard boil.

kickasscakes Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 4:31am
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ahhhh.... ok! icon_redface.gif

JodieF Posted 21 Mar 2010 , 2:07pm
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wow, that's why I'd never try that.....I know I'd mess up and it'd explode....I just make caramel! It's not that hard and there's not the risk!!! Not to mention it tastes a lot better! icon_lol.gif You can also freeze any leftovers.

I do buy the cans of Dulce de Leche in the Mexican food isle at Wal-Mart on occasion though. It's not nearly as tasty as the caramel I make though.


TexasSugar Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 5:19pm
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Nestle's sells it already 'cooked'. You find it in the spanish aisle.

Here is what the label will look like....

Since I have been able to buy it premade I have stopped making it myself.

I always boiled mine the day before for 3-4 hours. I liked giving it lots of time to cool down. You do not want to open the can until it is completely cooled. I also did several cans at a time and stored them if I knew I had another reason to use it in the near future.

And I would set the kitchen timer for ever hour so I could check to make sure the pot had plently of water.

Sipot Posted 22 Mar 2010 , 5:36pm
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I have been boiling condensed milk in teh can for years and never had a problem, the key is to keep the water above the can as others have said. I boil it at a very low setting, simmer really. I also simmer it for 3 hours and it comes out like thick pudding. I make chocolates and this is one of my fillings and is always a favorite.

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