0 Dulce de Leche, PC Style

Dulce de Leche.

Can you pronounce it?  I can't.

All I can tell you is this.

It is sweet, brown, deliciousness.

Literally translated, it means "candy milk."

I'll take that!

It is traditionally prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk, changing its flavor and color, resulting in a thick, sweet caramelly sauce. It can be made in the oven, stove or microwave. 

What do you use this stuff for?  Well, just about anything. Over ice cream, on a cake, in a crepe, sandwiched between cookies, dip pretzel sticks or just dipping a plain 'ole spoon will do.

I have heard that this glorious stuff can be made in a pressure cooker.

Wait a minute.  Put a sealed can in a pressure cooker?  Won't it explode? 

I did a TON of research all over the web, and I couldn't find any evidence of explosions, so I buckled down and bought a can of sweetened condensed milk...

1.  Remove the paper from the can. Remove ALL the glue from the can. The paper will just get soggy and make a mess in the pot. If there is any glue left on the can from the label, it will melt, stick onto the liner of your pot, and be really, really hard to remove.

2.  Put a trivet and steamer in the pressure cooker.

3. Place can (or cans) on its side and fill pot with water. 

 Make sure you do NOT exceed the MAX fill line. In this case, 16 cups.

4. Close and lock your pressure cooker. Select HIGH for 15-20 min. (The longer you cook the milk, the darker it will be). My cooker came to pressure at 33 minutes, then cooked for 15 minutes.

5. Turn pressure cooker OFF, allow to naturally release the steam on its own.

6. When the pressure valve drops, DO NOT REMOVE THE LID.

7. Let pressure cooker sit, undisturbed, over night.  You want the cans to be cool enough to handle, so let it sit over night.  For curious kids and hubby, I made a sign:

8. Next day, remove the can, dry it off and write on the can, "Dulce de Leche." Store unopened can on the shelf. 

Open, indulge, and if there is any left over, transfer to an air tight container and put in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

If opened and you need it to last longer, put in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

If the dulce de leche is too stiff, you can warm it in a pan/double boiler with a little bit of milk...

Mmmmmmm..... don't think this can will last long.... stay tuned for a recipe using dulce de leche!

Thanks to all those who went before me and made this possible:

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Dulce de Leche, PC Style
1 can of sweetened condensed milk, outside wrapper removed


Steamer basket

Remove label and ALL glue from can.
Place trivet and steamer basket in PC. 
Place unwrapped can on its side in basket. 
Fill PC with water up to the MAX line.  Close/lock PC. 
Set to HIGH for 15-20 min. 
After 20 min, turn PC off, use NATURAL release. 
When valve drops, DO NOT REMOVE LID. Allow to sit, undisturbed, overnight.
Next day, remove can from PC. Label, store on shelf as is. 
Open, use or transfer to airtight container for fridge for 3 weeks or freezer for 3 months.
If dulce de leche is too stiff, warm over stove/double boiler with a little milk to desired consistency. 

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