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Elsie the Cow’s condensed milk is udderly swell

In another thread asking what to put in my coffee when I forget to buy milk, someone suggested condensed milk, so I trotted off and bought a can.

Actually a heaping teaspoon in a cup of coffee worked very well. It wasn’t overly sweet and VASTLY superior to non dairy creamer.

First of all ... BLESS BORDON !!!

I looked at the ingredient list and all that is in there is milk and sugar. No artificial anything. No HFCS. Just milk and sugar.

Then I discovered that condensed milk on its own is pretty tasty and has all sorts of uses.

I had the most amazingly delicious oatmeal this morning ... oatmeal, raisins, cinnamon and a bit of condensed milk. It was like eating a rice pudding.

I put some in plain yogurt with some cinnamon ... excellent.

The Bordon site offers other simple suggestions like:

- Drizzle over ice cream or pound cake
- Pour into bowl and dip fresh fruits and biscuits fondue style

This is a revelation to me since I don’t cook and the last time I bought a can of condensed milk was when I was twelve and made some seven layer cookies. It never occurred to me to think outside the box, or rather can, and that it could be used for other things besides an ingredient in recipes.

Of course, it does have calories, but a little goes a long way. It’s not all Thai tea, you know. I’m really excited about the thought of microwaving up a bowl of rice, adding a little condensed milk, raisins and cinnamon and ... voila ... instant rice pudding for one.

Here’s the link to the Bordon website.


Even the lowfat and fat-free versions only have milk/sugar. No preservatives. No powdered dry milk, no milk products. ... Milk and sugar. The low fat DOES have vitamin A which the others don’t.

So, how do you use condensed milk?

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  1. I made a choclate pudding a few weeks ago that called for it. The recipe was in the May issue of Ban Appetite and is at Epicurious. Chocolate Natillas with Coffee Granita. It was pretty good. When I read one of the reviews at Epi. it complained of too strong a condensed milk flavor and not enough chocolate so I racheted up the chocolate by using Sharffen Berger 82% instead of the 70%. I will make it again when I can afford the sugar in my diet.

    1. First off - ROFL! The minute I read the subject line, I knew it had to be rworange. ;-) Even though I suggested evaporated milk, now that I've read that sweetened condensed is just milk and sugar (and I take both in my coffee) I just might have to try it!

      As for other uses - first thing that popped into my head was Key Lime Pie. And while I've never made them, these Lemon Cream Pops sound excellent for a kid's summer party - well, for adults too!

      Vintage Lemon Cream Pops

      Recipe From: IDunno4Recipes.com/posted by wiccadwoman, 7/11/00
      Serving Size : 6

      14 oz sweetened condensed milk
      1 cup milk
      1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
      1/3 cup sugar
      1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
      3 drops yellow food coloring
      6 craft sticks

      In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients; mix until the sugar dissolves. Pour into 6 small paper cups or molds and insert a craft stick into the center of each. Freeze for at least 4 hours, until firm. Serve, or cover and keep frozen until ready to enjoy.

      Note: For lime or orange cream pops, simply substitute fresh lime or orange juice and peel for the lemon, and use the appropriate food colors.

      1. Boil it in the can, yes, in the can, to make a reasonable example of dulce de leche:

        Here's how:


        1. Great idea! I always have a can of this stuff in my cupboard. I use it to make manjar blanco (most call it dulce de leche) by boiling it in the can for 3 hours. It also goes in my key lime pie.

          But in coffee -- that's brilliant. I'm slowly building up my hurricane provisions for the new season and will be heading to the market tomorrow to stock up. Having no electricity, cold showers, no a/c and being forced to use *gasp* dial-up for 10 days is bad enough, but room temp Parmelat in my morning coffee is always awful.

          1. Oh, yes. So many years ago, as a volunteer usher at the Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito, my job was to sell coffee and make sure the condensed milk was always available as creamer. And I recall my own (self-chosen) introduction to coffee-drinking at my godparents' vacation home at Clear Lake, when I spent an afternoon making and drinking very strong instant coffee, highly sweetened with same. But the most recent and intriguing use I have discovered was a few weeks ago, when my Brit gentleman friend (too old to call a boyfriend, I believe, although not that old) requested that I serve "connie onnie" with my stewed rhubarb I was preparing, as that was the way it should be done. I did, and it was wonderful!

            1. One of the things I missed having back in Thailand is the Roti. We call it Roti, but technically it should have been Paratha because it's fried. Anyway, they would fry the dough (streach paper-thin, then pull and twist to form a ball and flattened before frying -- creating layers of crunchiness similar to puff pastry) crispy and slater it on with some cheap butter flavor magarine, drizzle with the condensed milk, and sprinkle with sugar. YUMM!

              I don't know how to make Roti like they did back home, so my solution is to buy ready-made one from the freezer section at my local Asian grocery ;) Just now that I compare it to puff pastry, I'm thinking perhaps I could try the same trick with a croissant. Hmmm... :)

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              1. re: brooke

                MMM. Our family uses Flour Tortillas pan-fried in butter in place of Roti dough. We also use SCM as a "dipping sauce" for batong-go (long chinese donut) but deep-fried refrigerated pillsbury breadstick dough substitutes in a pinch. cheers!

              2. Apropos to your post about using sweetened condensed milk by the spoonful as opposed to the canful, today I happened to walk down the appropriate aisle of my local large chain supaermarket, and what should catch my eye but a plastic squeeze bottle of sweetened condensed milk with a flip-top lid clearly meant to be used this way. It was marketed to Latinos, with labeling and information in Spanish first. I think it was called Nestle La Leche, but I couldn't scare up that name on the web. It may just be a new thing.

                (This was, BTW, Ms. rworange, a Bay Area Raley's, and I know Raley's is your local supermarket and you live in a heavily Latino area. So if this gets to be a habit, you might keep an eye out.)

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                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  Something to keep in mind is that condensed milk is often much cheaper at ethnic markets. I don't know how much it was at Raley's, but I bought the exact same brand yesterday for around 80 cents a can at a Viet chain market (Lion in San Jose). No fancy flip-top option, but that's a swell idea!

                  I mainly use condensed milk for coffee and desserts like key lime pie, but I generally avoid it b/c of all that concentrated sugar. If I have it around, I admit to eating a spoonful straight from the fridge when I'm craving a glob of sugar.

                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                    Yes! Hispanics use a lot of condensed milk so Nestle Marketed their "La Lechera" squeeze bottles to us first (And the second I saw the ad, I started my mad hunt! SO ended up finding it before me at a small Cuban market). It's real honest to goodness condensed milk, just milk and sugar and the squeeze bottle works PERFECT... It even stores upside down so you always get the perfect squeeze!! :)

                    I have it work because I use my condensed milk to sweeten my oatmeal (I add boiling water to my quick cook oats, squeeze in some La Lechera and then sprinkle some cinnamon). It's also very commonly used in sandwiches, on top of fruit and of course to make Pastel de 3 Leches... :)

                    Before the squeeze bottle, Nestle also made Mini La Lechera tins at 3.5oz they were perfect, again just to use a few times for single servings...


                    But now that I got my bottle, there is NO going back for me! :)



                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      Any idea how long it keeps once opened?

                      1. re: hatless

                        I've had mine for about a month and refrigerated it's kept just fine... :)


                        1. re: Dommy

                          Sweetened condensed milk is very high in sugar, which is a natural preservative (the original rationale behind its development), so I would think it'd keep a good long time when packaged this way and refrigerated.

                    2. Yeah, the fancy flip-top version was on par or more expensive than Carnation (also owned by Nestle) at Raley's, which is isn't known for low prices in my neighborhood. Naturally, if one is planning to use it a bit at a time, it'd be preferable to transfer it to a resealable container than to keep it in the can, but I can see how Nestle is capitalizing on what it views as a wide potential market with this 'innovation."

                      I only use whole cans at home for cooking (okay, dessert-making) purposes. Like rworange, I do like that it's one food that hasn't been corrupted over time to include corn syrup or unnecessary preservativatives. I really like the Vietnamese coffee prep, but only get it iced at Vietnamese (or Thi, where, they often make much the same thing) restaurants, because I hate sugar in my coffee. In those cases, it's like having a coffee milkshake with my meal, drink and dessert in one [g].

                      1. I once had a great creamy citrus drink at a Vietnamese restaurant that was crushed ice, fresh lime juice, and condensed milk served in a tall glass with a spoon. Easy to replicate at home.