Sweetened Condensed Milk - new safety heating instructions

Sweetened Condensed Milk

For safety reasons, heating the unopened can (an old cooking method) is NOT recommended.
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Oven Method
Pour sweetened condensed milk into 9-inch pie plate. Cover with aluminum foil; place in larger shallow pan. Fill larger pan with hot water. Bake at 425 degrees F for 1 hour or until thick and caramel-colored. Beat until smooth.

Stovetop Method
Pour sweetened condensed milk into top of double boiler; place over boiling water. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 1/2 hours or until thick and caramel-colored, stirring occasionally. Beat until smooth.

Microwave Method
Pour sweetened condensed milk into a 2-quart glass measuring cup. Cook on 50% power (medium) 4 minutes, stirring briskly every 2 minutes until smooth. Cook on 30% power (medium-low) 20 to 25 minutes or until very thick and caramel-colored, stirring briskly every 4 minutes during the first 16 minutes and every 2 minutes during the last 4 to 10 minutes.

If I’m not mistaken, the old cooking method specifically warned NOT to heat up an unopened can. Always open the can first. LOL But your advice is safer. This way people don’t have to question - do I open the can or not??? :wink: