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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Easy Caramel Sauce

Today is my last day in Minneapolis with Jenny, Jon and Ella. The 10 days have flown by as they usually do when you are busy and enjoying the company. I will leave in the morning for Tulsa. Wish I could take this smiling face with me!!

Before I leave MN I have a really neat "trick" to share with you that Jenny and I did last night. My friend Mary Persinger Nease had this on her facebook page a couple of weeks ago. For years I have heard about boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk to make caramel. BUT....who wants to watch a can boil on the stove for three hours and be responsible for keeping the water level up and not burning down the house??? Not me!!! Well Mary came up with using the crock pot!! Ingenious!! Now you can make easy, breezy caramel sauce for all your favorite dippers or recipes during this autumn time of year. Nothing better than caramel to dip crisp apples, gingersnaps or pretzels into during the game or by the outdoor firepit!!

Here's how we did it:

Take 1 can of SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK....(not evaporated milk)

Place the can unopened into the crock pot and fill until the can is covered in water.
Turn the crock pot to low and cover with lid. Then go to bed or work. It takes about 8 hours.

Remove the can when you wake up or get home from work. Put the UNOPENED can into the refrigerator for at least two hours. The can must COOL completely before you open it!!! I don't want you to have an explosive experience on my watch!!!!!
Now you can open the can and reveal the wonderful caramel goodness inside!!! Doesn't that look fantastic!!
You can warm the caramel on the stove or microwave. I warmed ours over the stove and added just about 1/4 cup heavy cream to thin the caramel for dipping apples into. It tasted so wonderful!!! Ooey, gooey deliciousness!!
Believe me this is easier than buying a bag of caramels and unwrapping them all then heating them slowly in a double boiler to make caramel. With just a can of sweetened condensed milk, a crock pot and some overnight or all day planning you can have the best caramel sauce you have ever eaten.
This would be a great thing to do with little them an extra can of milk opened and what it looks like uncooked then have them participate in putting the can into the crock pot and let them see the finished product....better yet ......let them stir and taste the caramel!! I am sure we will have a new generation of cooks on board after they taste the final product!!! Teach them while they are young and they will have a skill they can use for life. You know the old saying:
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!!!
Let's get all ages involved in the art of cooking!!! It's never too early or too late to learn!!!
Missy and MacKenzie be sure to let me know how yours turn out!!!

This is Miss Ella and her mommy eating Salted Caramel Yogurt we had at the Yogurt Lab last night. When we figure out how to make that we will share with everyone out there in blogland.!!
FYI: I have worked on my comment box so it should be easier to use. All you have to do is hit the word comment below. A box will appear which you can type inside. Hit enter when you are done and it should show up on the screen. I took the Word Verification off of it. I hate that too and can never get it right. Please leave me a note so I know you are out there and I will keep on keeping on!!

For the eyes of The Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto their prayers. I Peter 3:12

Happy Trails,

Mtn Mama


  1. I am definitely going to try that caramel sauce. (It's fruitless to look in stores or melt caramels because they are all made with corn syrup. But the last time I checked sweetened condensed milk was still made with sucrose.) Great idea!

  2. Looking forward to my visit to OK!!!!

  3. I can finally comment!!! You are a great cook, spectacular quilter, wonderful friend, and now I find that you are also VERY computer savvy. What a combination. Love the ideas and recipes. Thanks so much, and keep on keeping on. Blessings.


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