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Dulce de Leche


How to make Dulce De Leche

How to Cook Dulce De Leche in Can
Photo by Juan Fabre
Did you know that Dulce De leche in Can is easy to make. Just follow the step by step procedure and everything will be perfect. This recipe requires no other ingredients but condensed milk in can. And boil it for a certain time, you got yourself the perfect smoothness of Dulce de leche. Just please take note of the precautions when cooking it.

Is there a way to cook Dulce De Leche without boiling the can?

Boiling the can however is not your last option to cook Dulce De leche. You may also cook it in a double broiler. In a pot of boiling water, place another small pot on top of it (make sure the water is not touching the base.)  Pour in condensed milk, stir and cook over low heat until it becomes thick and caramel in color.

Mga Brands ng Condensed Milk na Maaring Gamitin for Dulce De Leche: Doreen Condensed Milk, Jersey Choco, Milkmaid, Alaska Condensed Milk yellow label,

How to make Dulce de Leche


1 can of sweetened condensed milk – label removed (Suggested: Alaska -Yellow Label or Milkmaid Brand)


Place the can in the pot (pahiga or puwede rin patayo) in a large pot (Malaking kaserola).
Fill the pot with room-temperature water, making sure the water level is at least 5 cm above the can.

Set pot over high heat and allow to come to a boil. (Start the timer when the water starts to boil.) Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours for a lighter caramel, and up to 3 hours for a darker caramel.

Note: If you are planning to boil 10+ cans in a bigger pot, you need to adjust cooking time up to 6 hours. For bulk cooking and to save gas, it is suggested to use wood style cooking or pagsisiga.

Check the pot every 30 minutes to ensure the water level stays above the can, adding boiling water as necessary to top it up.
Using a pair of tongs, remove the can from the water and set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature before opening.

If using a pressure cooker, it only takes 45 minutes to boil it once it started whistling. But make sure you know the precautionary measure of using the pressure cooker. Let it cool after cooking, transfer in sink and splash water on top of the lid before opening the pressured lid.

IMPORTANT – Do Not attempt to open the can while still hot, which can cause pressurized hot caramel to spray dangerously! Palamigin muna maigi bago ito buksan. Mas lalapot at magiging firm ang consistency nito kapag napalamig na sa room temperature.

To use Dulce de Leche:
Open  the can of Dulce de leche once cooled down and scoop it out of can. Transfer into a clean bottle or container with lid.

Reheat in a double boiler if too firm to soften dulce de leche to a spreadable or drizzle-able consistency.

Dulce De Leche Life Span and Storage:

*Unopened cans of dulce de leche can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 months.
*Dulce de leche can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.
*Bottled Dulce de Leche (Room Temperature): 1 week only

So if you are going to sell it, make sure na lahat ng gagawin mong Dulce de Leche will be sold out right away after you re-bottle it.  Sell it fresh on the day you make it and advice customer to refrigerate it. 

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