11 June 2017

MOO Condensed Milk, Cross it Off Your Shopping List and Save a Fortune

I've just been browsing the Coles catalogue for this week and notice that condensed milk is on sale for $2.50, save 70 cents. I was gobsmacked! It's obviously been a while since I bought condensed milk because the last time (I just checked my notes) it was $1.69!

I do use condensed milk quite often, in baking and to make Russian caramels, but I can assure you I wouldn't be if I had to pay $2.50, let alone $3.20, a can (and those cans are about 30g smaller than they were when they were $1.69!).

MOO condensed milk has been a staple in my pantry for years. It's easy to make, tastes and works exactly like the tinned version and costs less than $2 to make more than double the quantity you'd be paing $3.20 for.

Here's my go to condensed milk recipe - and don't worry about being able to store it before it goes yellow. It will keep in the fridge for at least a week, longer if you turn the container upside down. But it freezes! Yes, put any extra in the freezer until you're ready to use it in another recipe.

MOO Condensed Milk

1 cup hot water
2 cups skim milk powder
2 cups white sugar
6 tbsp butter or margarine

Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix for about 3 minutes. The mixture will be quite thin, but thickens on standing for about an hour. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to one week. Can be frozen, thaw before use.

Makes 3 cups.

Seriously, it is so quick and easy to make and so cheap - why would you ever spend your hard earned dollars on tinned condensed milk?

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  1. Cath can I use full cream milk powder? I have that on hand for yoghurt?

    1. Of course you can - it will just make full cream condensed milk instead of skim condensed milk :)

  2. Cath, what brand of milk powder do you buy? It all seems so expensive. As I only like drinking fresh milk, I've given it a miss so far, but, condensed milk has a strange taste to it anyway.... I'm up for giving this a go with the product advice! Than you for this share ��

    1. Aldi - I buy 99% of all our basic groceries from Aldi. Powdered milk may seem expensive but 1kg makes 10 litres of milk - well under $1/litre minimum that you pay for fresh milk. I use powdered milk in all baking, custards, sauces, white sauces etc. and save the fresh milk for tea/coffee, cereal and drinking :)

  3. Thanks so much for this recipe - have just made it. Sometimes we can see these ideas and recipes and somehow just put them off because it seems so hard - and it never is!! Thanks for all your encouraging tips and recipes. Ruth

    1. This one is so simple and such a big money saver if you do a lot of cooking and baking. I love that it freezes. I often make double or triple the recipe and freeze in individual containers so I always have some on hand - I never know when Tom might get the urge to make his grandmother's caramel slice :)

  4. Condensed milk at Aldi is $ 1.49 for the same size can as Coles.
    Edel Heyer

    1. It costs around $1.70 (using Aldi ingredients) to make the equivalent of two tins, so it is still much, much cheaper to MOO condensed milk. It is so easy and takes next to no time, I haven't bought condensed milk in years.

  5. You've got to be kidding me!! I've been buying these tins thinking that to make my own it would involve standing at the stove for ages stirring (and knowing me, burning) a pot of milk with sugar.
    Is it really that simple? Cath, you're awesome. ; )
    And yes, I've noticed a funny taste with some tinned versions that make the whole baking outcome taste terrible. So I would buy the more expensive versions of condensed milk!! Not anymore. Can't wait to try it!!!

  6. If interested, here is my favourite One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes based on MOO condensed milk:

    Makes 12 muffin size.

    Preheat moderate oven (170 fan forced). Line 12 muffin tins.

    125 grm plain flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    250 mls MOO condensed milk
    1 egg
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    85 grms marg or butter (very soft or melted)

    Put all ingredients into a bowl and beat with electric mixer for 3-4 minutes. Spoon into muffin tray.

    Bake 15 - 18 minutes - until brown on top and springy to the touch. Remove from oven and cool.

    Add any icing of your choice - my current is passionfruit buttercream.

    These cakes freeze really well. Enjoy


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