Making DULCE DE LECHE the EASY, safe way

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DULCE DE LECHE, made the SAFE, easy way.  Who doesn’t like caramel?  But who has the time to watch a tin of condensed milk turn into luscious caramel boiling in a pot, with all the risks of it boiling dry, exploding, burning you?

So, again, I’ve worked on making the process safer, and (me being me…) a whole lot easier?

Well first we start with the can of condensed milk.  Here are 3 of the different varieties available here in New Zealand and a can of already prepared caramel.   The Nestle brand is almost universal internationally.

3 cans of condensed milk, and one (bottom left) of already prepared caramel

Yes, you can purchase pre-prepared caramel (Dulce de Leche), but it’s more expensive, and somehow doesn’t have the deep richness of a can that’s been boiled for hours…..

But most people have a crockpot these days, also known as a slow cooker…..

Are you with me?

Yes, slow cooking is exactly what’s needed to turn the condensed milk into caramel, and without having to stand for ages at the stove!!   And, because it’s so easy, I usually make several cans at a time, so I always have some ready, when the Sugar urge hits me.

So, get your crockpot out, turn it on, and partially fill it with some warm water.

Take the labels off the condensed milk cans, and place them into the crockpot.  The one I’ve used is one of 2 small crockpots I have ( I have 2 larger ones too) and takes four cans nicely.

NOTE – although I show cans with ringtab openings, I DON’T recommend using these unless you are in the house.  I recommend the fully sealed cans, without ringtabs, to be completely safe.

4 cans in, not yet fully covered with water

Cans covered over their tops with hot water

So, the cans in, then filled about 25 mm (about an inch) above the cans with more hot water.  Turn on the crockpot, setting “high“, put the lid on, and leave until the water starts to simmer.  Turn the heat to “low“, and leave it, covered, for 8-9 hours.    After 4 hours, you can carefully turn the cans over with a pair of tongs, but not absolutely necessary.

The four cans in the crockpot, safely left for 8-9 hours

Leave to cool in the crockpot, then lift out, dry, and LABEL THE CANS “Dulce de Leche – Caramel” with a permanent marker pen.    Sorry, I didn’t mean to shout, but it’s frustrating to try and work out what’s in a can without a label!

So – that’s it!   Luscious caramel or Dulce de Leche in a can, ready to go!!  Four of them, if you’re thinking ahead…..!

Now I bet you’re going to find ways of using this before I get back with MY ideas….. and I don’t blame you (no judgments here..), but do try and keep one to try with me…..

And – enjoy!!

 

 

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