Condensed Milk Caramel

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September 20, 2014

Condensed Milk Caramel 5 0 5 4
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • 2 mins

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 2 mins

  • Yields: Enough for a cake filling or tart.

Ingredients

A can of sweetened condensed milk

Ring pull cans are ok ... Just place ring pull cans ringpull end down in the slow cooker

Directions

1Place unopened can of sweetened condensed milk into your slow cooker.

2Cover the can completely with water... It doesn't really matter the temperature of the water... I try to make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the top of thecan (VERY IMPORTANT)

3Put the lid on. Your slow cooker... No tea towel.

4Put your slow cooker on high for up to 4 or 5 hours or 7-8 hours on low... Depending on how thick you want your caramel, to the amount of time it's in there. Mine was 4.5 hours on high.

5I checked mine every hour or so to make sure the water level hadn't dropped... It didn't...

6After the time is up, patience is required.... Allow can of caramel to cool completely before opening... The caramel is under pressure in the tin and you don't want molten caramel to explode out at you from a hot tin (VERY IMPORTANT)..... I just left mine in the slow cooker over night.

7Then open and use for your delicious treats.... We have been known in my house to eat the caramel straight out of the can with a spoon.... Yes it's that good!! ?

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9*note... Some people have talked about the cans exploding.... Although that is a possibility, I have used this method heaps of times and it has been fine. Just make sure you always have enough water in your slow cooker and please make your own judgement call on what it is safe for you.

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2Alternate non can method

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5Note from Slow Cooker Central: Be sure water is tap temperature only. Boiling water could crack your bowl.

Submitted by Amanda Crowther

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30 Reviews

That’s fine just make sure that inch of water stays there (which it should) or top it up of you need to 🙂

Kellie

August 15, 2017

My slow cooker isn’t deep enough to have 2 inches of water above the top of the tin. I’m luck to have an inch if that. Does that mean I shouldn’t do it?

Sandy L

June 7, 2017

After 6hrs on high my can was rusted and the caramel was still very blonde. The ceramic bowl has rust marks on it that won’t clean off 🙁
I moved it to a jar and put it back in the slow cooker for a further 6hrs and then it was perfect.
It’s a great easy method, but heating times vary greatly.

Fridge now that you’ve opened it 🙂
Caramel Questions Answered

Trishs

May 20, 2017

I made myou caramel last night. .just opened it..delicious. .now..I scraped it into a bowl with a lid. .do I now store it in the fridge or cupboard?

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 27, 2016

Yes you can .. many cans at once … same time 🙂

Stacey

December 24, 2016

Hi I’ve just unboxed a new never been used before 3.3ltr slow cooker it’s just a Tesco one, I’m just wondering if I cook 2 cans at the same time how long do I put it on for? Never used a slow cooker so new to this xx

Pat McLoughlin

December 22, 2016

Wowwwww!!! What can one say that hasn’t already been said…. I am not a very good cook so finding something so amazingly easy that comes out so incredibly delicious is a real boon. Now I need to find strength to not just sit with the can and a spoon! Mine worked fab for 5 hours and the water level never dropped although checked regularly anyway

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 19, 2016

Yes Marsha …. pantry while still sealed. Fridge once opened. Several cans at once is fine 🙂
All this and more covered here for you >> Caramel Q&A’s

Marsha Yelton

December 19, 2016

Is is safe to store in the pantry, or does it have to be stored in the fridge? I’d like to make several cans, as I have ALOT of holiday baking to do. Plus I need a couple cans to eat! 😉

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 14, 2016

Yes … See here Caramel Questions Answered

Sharon

December 14, 2016

Hi, can you cook 2 cans in slow cooker at the same time. If so is the same cooking time?

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 13, 2016

No it’s to make recipes using caramel like desserts and baking etc as well as just eaten with a spoon if you are feeling really naughty 😉

Libbie

December 13, 2016

Will this also make caramel candies, or just to use in recipes.

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 12, 2016

That’s the danger with stove cooked caramel in the years past 🙂
Always follow our basic safety of NEVER cooking without full water coverage at all times and NEVER opening hot 🙂
And the canned stuff is nothing like the real thing – love our slow cooked caramel

Leanne greenhalgh

December 10, 2016

My mum cooked condensed milk like this for us . When I was 10, one day it went wrong, can exploded and I ended up with hot caramel burning my face, hand, neck and leg. I’ll never forget it eating through my skin and not being able to get it off, balls of watery blisters hanging off my face and years of surgery and skin grafts. You can buy it pre caramelised in a can guys. Highly recommend that!

I personally cook mine for more like 6hrs on high and always get great results 🙂

Vicki

December 3, 2016

Hi. Make banofee pie with. 250 g crushed plain bikkies (I used vanilla wines but any will do) 200g melted butter more or less to make s biscuit base. Press into a shallow pie or flan dish. Chill for an hour or more. Pour caramel over top. Back into fridge . Just before serving put sliced banana and cover with whipped cream. Top with grated chocolate or crushed flake and enjoy. Leftovers are great the next day (if there are any )

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 25, 2016

The canned top’n’fill style ready made caramel just isn’t as good I’m afraid as the real thing! 🙂 It’s often much thicker also so harder to work with

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 25, 2016

They are pre purchased mini meringue nests. Filled with room temperature slow cooked caramel. Topped with crushed flake chcocolate 🙂

John

November 24, 2016

You can buy Caramel Condensed milk will this be alright to use

Shona

November 23, 2016

How did you make those meringue treats? They look lovely! X

Karen Stuckings

October 18, 2016

Love doing caramel this way but recommend that you put some baking paper under the cans so it doesn’t mark you slow cooker insert

Sharon

September 30, 2016

I used to have to do this at a restaurant in which I worked. We always did a few cans at a time and kept a close eye on the water being kept above the top of the can at all times. They were then left to completely cool.

Karen

August 5, 2016

I do this and then add the caramel to a biscut base (ie a packet of crushed arrowroot biscuits blended with melted unsalted butter and then put in a flan tin and set in the freezer) to make a tart and place whipped cream on top of the caramel and sprinkle a broken flake bar on the top. I then serve the tart with strawberries as a desert. It is so yummy. I usually find I have to drink a cup of tea with it as it is so sweet. But it is really decadent!

vikkie

August 5, 2016

What treats do u usually make with the caramel looking for ideas

Lucy Adams

July 2, 2016

If you use the unopened can method you can do several at once. After they’re cool the unopened cans of caramel will keep for months in the fridge and can be used to make “instant” treats whenever you want!

Hayley

June 13, 2016

Has anyone made caramel with the reduced sugar condensed milk. Can it be done? Any tips? TIA.

Janine morfett

June 10, 2016

I did this in my 1.5L slowcooker. Just checked the water level regularly. Turned out delicious?

Janine

June 10, 2016

I did this successfully in my 1.5L slowcooker. Just made sure I checked the water level stayed above the can regularly. Then let cool over night before opening.
Was delicious?

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