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Can I safely cook sweetened condensed milk in its can to caramelize it?
At least one cookbook (which was recalled) and some old camping practices suggested cooking an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in a pan of boiling water to make a sweet custard. This is not a recommended practice and could be hazardous if it exploded. If a recipe calls for caramelized sweetened condensed milk, here is a safe way to do it. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Pour one can of sweetened condensed milk into an 8" glass pie plate. Cover with foil and place in a shallow pan. Fill pan with hot water. Bake one hour or until thick and caramel-colored.