Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): how to make Dulce De Leche (sweetened condensed milk caramel). Silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.

Learn how to make Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche). No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Creamy, silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.

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After hours of research & 9+ Tests with 9 cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk, we’re proud to present our glorious Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe!!

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What is Dulce De Leche?

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): how to make Dulce De Leche (sweetened condensed milk caramel). Silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.

Dulce De Leche is finger licking ecstasy.
A dangerous guilty pleasure.
A sinful indulgence as a kid.

Dulce De Leche is a sweetened condensed milk caramel that’s popular through South America.

When you thought Sweetened Condensed Milk is good. Wait till you try Dulce De Leche…

Thick, spreadable, smooth, aromatic, rich, deep caramelized flavors.

You’ll think you’re on cloud 9…


Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Usages

  • Eat straight out of the jar!!! 😀
  • Drinks: sweetener in coffee or tea…
  • Cakes: topping, filling, or drizzle on cheesecakes, cupcakes, muffin, brownies…
  • Breakfast: spread on toast, biscuits, shortbread, crepes, pancakes, baguette…
  • Snacks: dip for apples, pears, crackers, cookies…
  • Desserts: drizzle on ice-cream, fillings for tarts, chocolate bites, rice krispies…
  • DIY Gifts: Christmas baskets, housewarming gifts, party favors…

Why Use Instant Pot Pressure Cooker?

We love making Dulce De Leche in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker because it’s easier, faster, and no need to babysit the pot on the stove!

Making Dulce De Leche on the stovetop normally requires 1.5 – 2 hours hands-on simmering with an occasional stir. And it takes roughly 8 – 12 hours in the Slow Cooker.


Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Experiment

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): how to make Dulce De Leche (sweetened condensed milk caramel). Silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.

We’ve Explored 3 Factors for Making Dulce De Leche:

  1. Which Brand to Use?
  2. Which Method to Use?
  3. Secret Ingredient

1. Which Brand of Sweetened Condensed Milk?


When we checked different brands of Sweetened Condensed Milk at the grocery store, they have more or less similar ingredients and nutrition facts.

So, does it matter which brand we use?

To satisfy our curious minds + tastebuds, of course we had to experiment for ourselves! More like an excuse to stock up on Condensed Milk…hehe~ 😛

We tested our Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe using 3 different brands of sweetened condensed milk: Eagle Brand, Longevity Brand, and Store Brand.

And the answer is YES! It matters.

The brands vary in flavors (complexity, sweetness) and texture (creaminess). And these factors affect the quality of the final caramelized Dulce de Leche.

Caramelization Tests

Longevity Brand & Store Brand caramelized better/faster (darker color) than Eagle Brand.

  • Store Brand took High Pressure 40 mins + Natural Release to reach desire caramelized color.
  • Longevity Brand‘s result was similar to Store Brand’s.
  • Eagle Brand took High Pressure 60 mins + Natural Release to reach the same color.

Winner: Longevity Brand (壽星公煉奶)

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): Longevity Brand sweetened condensed milk

Longevity Brand wins over Eagle Brand and Store Brand in terms of overall flavor complexity (balanced & not flat tasting), sweetness (not too sweet), and texture (creamy thick syrup texture), both before and after caramelization.

Get your hands on the Longevity Brand!

*Pro Tip: If you couldn’t find them in your local supermarkets, try an Asian market or buy it on Amazon.

P.S. We’re not sponsored by the Longevity Brand. And our taste-tests were totally unbiased (though the Longevity Brand was founded by a fellow Hong Konger – 蔡念因先生 🙂 ).


2. Which Method to Use?

2 of the most common methods to make Instant Pot Dulce De Leche: in Mason Jars and in the Original Can.

However, there are disadvantages to both methods mainly concerning safety and quality of final results.

Let’s take a look at each of the methods.

#1 Can Method


Since Condensed Milk Manufacturers advise against heating the condensed milk in the original can due to safety concerns, we didn’t want to risk it.

Pros

  • Convenient: no need to use any other containers, just peel the labels on the can and pressure cook the sealed can
  • Age-old Method that Works: the method of boiling a can of condensed milk in water bath has long been used in multiple countries

Cons

  • Worrisome: some may feel uncomfortable pressure cooking sealed aluminum or tin cans
  • Safety: may cause safety issues as advised by Condensed Milk Manufacturers
  • Longer Time: you need to wait for the can to totally cools down before it is safe to open – the wait is a killer!
  • Less Room for Customization: cannot adjust the caramelization to your liking, can’t add our Secret Ingredient
  • Messy Cleanup: may need to clean up the messy adhesive from the can in the pot after pressure cooking

#2 Jar Method


Making Dulce De Leche in the jar is a popular alternative.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): pressure cooking sweetened condensed milk in mason jars to make dulce de leche caramel

Pros

  • Convenient for Gifts: you can decorate & gift the glass jar you made them in.
  • Safety: don’t have to worry about pressure cooking aluminum or tin cans

Cons

  • Need Right Canning Jars
  • Safety: there’s a risk of glass jar breaking under pressure
  • Room for Error: may not yield great results if the lid was too loose or too tight.
  • More Time-Consuming & Harder to Remove Lumps: since the Dulce de Leche are in individual jars, you’ll need to whisk through each jar for a few minutes to smooth out the caramel.

#3 Stainless Steel Bowl Method


Instead of the Jar or Can Methods, we prefer the Stainless Steel Bowl Method! 🙂

Why use the Stainless Steel Bowl Method?

  • Easy Prep: pour all the sweetened condensed milk in the bowl – done! (no need to worry about finding the right canning jars, how tight to turn the lid, if the seal is new, how full to fill the jars…etc.)
  • No Need to Use Steamer Rack/Basket: stainless steel bowl goes straight in the water in the pot
  • Safe: no need to worry about breaking glass, exploding cans, or heating aluminum cans under pressure
  • Quick & Easy to Remove Lumps (if any): you can simply use a immersion hand blender to smooth out any lumps right in the stainless steel bowl
  • Allows Customization: you can easily adjust how caramelized (dark color), how thick, how smooth you like your Dulce De Leche with this method
  • Quick Satisfaction: enjoy it right away if you will 😉

3. Secret Ingredient – Baking Soda

Our last concern is how to achieve a beautifully caramelized Dulce De Leche.

We experimented making Instant Pot Dulce De Leche with and without Baking Soda, and here are the results:

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche) Experiment: pressure cooking sweetened condensed milk caramel with baking soda or not

Results Comparison

With Baking Soda: more intense color, more caramelized, slightly less sweet with more flavors complexity, tastes like caramel sauce with slight milky sugary flavors, buttery aroma, tastes better than without Baking Soda.

*Note: Since milk is slightly acidic, you won’t be able to taste the small amount of Baking Soda.

Without Baking Soda: much lighter brown color, more milky sugary taste, not as caramelized

Conclusion

The secret to achieving beautifully caramelized color in a shorter time: Baking Soda!!

As you can see, Dulce De Leche is serious matter in our house. 😀

After 9+ Tests with 9 cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk, we were lifted into a state of perfect happiness – Cloud 9 – as we indulge in spoonful after spoonful of Dulce De Leche.

Hence, we’re naming this glorious Cloud 9 Dulce De Leche!

Time to make some Instant Pot Cloud 9 Dulce De Leche!!


Ingredients for Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche) Ingredients

*Caution: please ensure you got the right ingredients!! 😀


Tools for Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche


How to Make Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe

Step 1
Create Baking Soda Mixture

Ingredients & Tool

½ teaspoon (3g) baking soda
3 tablespoons (45ml) warm water

Small Mixing Bowl

In a small mixing bowl, combine ½ tsp (3g) baking soda with 3 tbsp (45ml) warm water.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): mix baking soda with warm water - ensure baking soda has fully dissolved.

*Pro Tip: Mix very well until all the baking soda has dissolved.

*CAUTION: double or even triple check – we’re using Baking Soda for this recipe, NOT Baking Powder.

Step 2
Combine Ingredients

Ingredients & Tool

1 14oz can (396g) sweetened condensed milk
Baking soda mixture

Food grade stainless steel bowl

Pour 1 14oz can (414ml) sweetened condensed milk in a stainless steel bowl (we used a 7” bowl for our 6 quart Instant Pot).

Add in the baking soda mixture and combine. Mix well.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): pour sweetened condensed milk in stainless steel bowl, then mix in baking soda mixture.

Step 3
Pressure Cook Dulce De Leche

Ingredients & Tool

1 cup (250ml) cold water
Condensed milk mixture in bowl

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): add water into Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Place the stainless steel bowl of condensed milk mixture directly in the water.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): place stainless steel bowl of condensed milk mixture directly in the water

Close lid and pressure cook at

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 40 – 90 minutes (see Pro Tip), then Full Natural Release.

Open the lid carefully.

*Pro Tip: We tested 3 different brands of sweetened condensed milk. One brand took only 40 mins + Natural Release to reach desire caramelized color, while the other brand took 60 mins + Natural Release to reach the same color. Adjust accordingly.

Step 4
Create Instant Pot Dulce de Leche

Tool

Immersion hand blender

Remove the stainless steel bowl from the Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): how to smooth out lumpy dulce de leche

Mix & inspect the dulce de leche with a fork.

*Pro Tip 1: If it is not caramelized to desired color, simply place it back into the Instant Pot and pressure cook it for another 20 – 30 minutes.

*Pro Tip 2: Depending on your brand of Sweetened Condensed Milk, the Dulce De Leche can turn out lumpy and looks unappetizing.

Don’t worry! It’s perfectly normal. It takes 30 seconds to smooth it out with an immersion hand blender.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): smooth out lumpy dulce de leche with immersion hand blender

*Note: if the Instant Pot dulce de leche looks a bit runnier than your desired consistency, keep in mind that it’ll gradually thicken as it cools, and it’ll harden when it’s chilled overnight in the fridge.

Step 5
Serve Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce de Leche


Ta da! Your very own Cloud 9 Dulce de Leche…

The possibilities are endless on how to enjoy this dangerous indulgence Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche.

Let your creative side shine!

*Note: the Instant Pot Dulce De Leche will thicken up as it cools and thin out as it warms up.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): perfect with Instant Pot Cheesecake, sweetener for drinks, drizzle on cakes or ice-cream, spread on breakfast, dip for apples.
Instant Pot New York Cheesecake #17 spread with Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Dulce De Leche? Leave us a comment below.


Cooking Tips for Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

1. Choose Your Brand of Sweetened Condensed Milk Wisely.

After tasting and testing our Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe with 3 Sweetened Condensed Milk Brands: Eagle Brand, Longevity Brand, and Store Brand, Longevity Brand clearly wins.

2. Triple-Check You Have the Right Ingredients!

Baking Soda – NOT Baking Powder.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – it’s easy to be confused by canned Sweetened Condensed Milk with Evaporated Milk, especially when they’re placed side-by-side on the grocery shelves. They are NOT interchangeable in recipes, so be sure to double-check you’ve got Sweetened Condensed Milk! 🙂

3. Dulce De Leche Not Dark Enough?

If the Dulce De Leche didn’t caramelize to your desired color, place it back in the Instant Pot and pressure cook for another 20 – 30 minutes.

4. Dulce De Leche Turned Out Lumpy?

From our experiment with different brands of Sweetened Condensed Milk, some Dulce De Leche came out smooth, while others came out lumpy and looks unappetizing.

If yours turn out lumpy, don’t worry! It’s perfectly normal. It just takes 30 seconds to smooth it out with an immersion hand blender. 🙂

5. Dulce De Leche Not Thick Enough?

If your Instant Pot Dulce De Leche looks a bit runnier than your desired consistency, keep in mind that it’ll gradually thicken as it cools, and harden when chilled overnight in the fridge.

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Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche): how to make Dulce De Leche (sweetened condensed milk caramel). Silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche

How to make Cloud 9 Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe (Pressure Cooker Dulce De Leche). Creamy, silky smooth, deeply caramelized dangerous indulgence. No can, no jar method. 2-ingredient super easy to make. Makes perfect DIY Christmas gifts.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Baking Soda Mixture:

  • ½ teaspoon (3g) baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) warm water

Instructions

  • Create Baking Soda Mixture: In a small mixing bowl, combine ½ tsp (3g) baking soda with 3 tbsp (45ml) warm water. Mix very well until all the baking soda has dissolved.
  • Combine Ingredients: Pour 1 14oz can (414ml) sweetened condensed milk in a stainless steel bowl (we used a 7” bowl for our 6 quart Instant Pot). Add in the baking soda mixture and combine. Mix well.
  • Pressure Cook Dulce De Leche: Add 1 cup (250ml) cold water in the Instant Pot. Place the stainless bowl of condensed milk mixture directly in the water. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 40 - 90 minutes (Please see notes), then Full Natural Release.
  • Create Instant Pot Dulce de Leche: Open the lid carefully. Remove the stainless steel bowl from the pressure cooker. Mix & inspect the dulce de leche with a fork. If it is not caramelized to desired color, simply place it back into the Instant Pot and pressure cook it for another 20 - 30 minutes. The mixture will be lumpy, use an immersion blender or blender to smooth out the lumps.
  • Serve: The dulce de leche will thicken up as it cools and thin out as it warms up.
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Recipe Notes:

Pressure Cooking Time: We tested 3 different brands of sweetened condensed milk. One brand took only 40 mins + natural release to reach desire caramelized color. The other brand took 60 mins + natural release to reach the same color. So, adjust accordingly.
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  1. Hi Amy & Jacky!
    You stated, “Use Sweetened Condensed Milk, dulce de leche magic won’t work with Evaporated Milk.” I am curious if you tried adding Erythritol or Xylitol to evaporated milk as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk? I read very recently that this amounts to the same thing – however I realize that substitutes don’t always work in all applications. Anyway, just wondering because wouldn’t it be really, really great if this tweak could make a diet friendly version of your Cloud 9 jar of Heaven? Thanks! Judy

    1. Hi Judy,

      Thank you so much for your comment 🙂

      We haven’t tried adding Erythritol or Xylitol to evaporated milk, but I believe they can caramelize just like sugar.

      Have fun cooking & please take care
      Jacky

  2. Love this! Can you tell me something about the stainless steel pot you use? Where did you get it and what size. I have a 3qt ultra and need something a bit deeper than what I have. I used what I had on hand and it spilled all over! Thank you.

    1. Hi Cathy

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It is a stainless steel bowl. We bought it at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. Ok. I have one more question. Do you cover your bowl with foil? I have read other recipes that say to do so. Thank you!

  3. Thank you for this recipe/method. Unfortunately, I only had Eagle brand on hand so I followed the time suggested for that brand. It came out dark like stated but it was very watery and also grainy which I couldn’t blend out with my immersion blender. It didn’t thicken once cooled. But, it had good flavor…inspire of the unpleasant grainy lumps.
    I’m going to try again. But I’m going to cover the bowl with aluminum foil to keep water from falling into the bowl and I’m going to shorten the cooking time by five minutes.
    I think it’s worth it for the flavor!

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words and honest feedback on the recipe!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  4. Perfect recipe! Followed recipe to the letter & it was perfect at the 40 mins recommended. For those of us that can’t locate the brand of condensed milk that was recommended to use, Meadow Gold brand worked great. It’s a step above the Wal-Mart brand. I would have used Great Value if it had been in stock, but since the Meadow Gold was spot on, this will be the brand that I’ll stick with.

    1. Hi Regina,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe!

      Happy to hear Meadow Gold brand also work as well!!

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  5. I made the recipe last night, using 4 cans of Longevity brand, in 2 stacking stainless steel pans. First inside 50 minutes but it wasn’t dark enough so I did another 10. It is very smooth, no lumps at all, but it did not get thick! It looks and tastes amazing however. There was one odd thing though, after cooking when I took the top off the top pan and stirred it, the baking soda suddenly activated and the contents foamed way up and almost overflowed the pan. The bottom pan foamed a bit but nothing like the top. Even when I poured it all into jars there was a layer of foam on top in the ones from the top pan. Any idea why this happened?
    I love how thorough your recipes are and they usually work perfectly. Thanks for all you do!

  6. Any reason why I couldn’t use 2 stacking stainless steel pans and do maybe 4 cans of milk? I would like to give the dulce de leche as Xmas gifts.

    1. Hi Katie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Yes, it will work fine. You will want to add more time as the one that is stacked will need more time.

      Please take care & have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
      Jacky

  7. Can I use a oven safe glass bowl? I have tested the bowl out already in the Pressure cooker and it was fine. Also don’t I need to cover with foil?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Laurie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It will most likely work fine, but you will want to increase the cooking time by roughly 8 minutes.

      Covering or not will work fine. you will also want to increase the cooking time if you plan on covering the bowl with foil.

      Please take care & have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Susan,

      Sorry to hear what happened. Here is 2 things I can think of.

      1) Too much air bubbles were introduced in the blending steps.
      2) The blender may not be powerful enough and the Dulce De Leche needs a little more blending time.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  8. Do you know, if after making this, it could be canned and made shelf stable? I would rather not have to take up space storing it in the fridge. We do a lot of canning, both water and pressure. That would be great to make larger quantities, and be able to store it in my pantry.

    1. Hi Donna,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It is still considered a dairy product so I will say no.

      Please take care & have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Vicki,

      thank you for your question ?

      It is a stainless steel bowl. We bought it at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Oana,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      We bought it at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  9. Hi Amy & Jacky,

    This recipe looks amazing (as do all of yours!). Can you tell me how much the recipe as you have it will make? I’d like to fill approximately 12 – 4oz jars and give as gifts. Just trying to figure how many cans of condensed milk I should stock up on and how many batches it will take to make enough to fill them all.

    Thank you & Happy holidays!
    Deborah

    1. Hi Johnny,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      A gravy strainer will not work. If you have a stand up blender, that will be a good option.

      If not, I will try a fine mesh strainer.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Nancy,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If you have a deep container, it will work. You will want to increase the cooking time!

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  10. I love your recipes and making this caramel will be the second thing I have tried. MY question is what is the amount of baking soda do I use for the can 300ml ?

    1. Hi Crysti,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      An aluminum cake pan should work just fine. You may want to increase the cooking time by a few minutes.

      Please take care & have a wonderful weekend
      Jacky

  11. Hi! I want to try this recipe–sounds heavenly!!! Could you please clarify for me the size can of sweetened condensed milk you used? The recipe says 14oz (396g) but there’s a picture of a can of Longevity brand that says 300ml. Is that the same?

    Also, will the overall volume be reduced once cooked? Just wondering what size mason jars to buy if I want to give some as gifts. Thank You!

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      thank you for your question and comment 🙂

      Haven’t tried it, but fat free condensed milk should work in theory

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. Fyi it worked great!! Used the baking soda tip and 40 minutes with natural release. It was delicious

  12. Hi— I’m making this morning. I added some more time after checking after 40 minutes. One question— could you cover the bowl with foil or something? I feel like that would stop any condensation from the lid, etc, from falling in the bowl with the milk— because when I checked, it seemed really watery— what do you think?

    1. Hi Erin,

      Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your question 🙂

      You can cover the bowl with foil and increase the cooking time by 10 minutes.

      Please take care & have a wonderful day
      Jacky

    1. Thanks for being so sweet Sharon! 🙂 Happy to know you enjoyed the Dulce de Leche in Instant Pot!
      Have fun cooking & have a wonderful week!
      Take care,
      Amy

  13. I made this last night using Magnolia condensed milk. I put it in for 40 mins HP and the color came out great, but it’s very liquidy. Even after keeping it in the fridge overnight, it is still just a liquid. What did I do wrong? Is there anything that I can do to save this batch? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sara,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If the color came out great, it means it has caramelize properly.

      You probably didn’t do anything wrong. There may be an ingredient in this brand that doesn’t allow the condensed milk to thicken at cooler temperature.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. I am a lover of caramel surrounded by non lovers of caramel. Made this the other night and it was absolutely lovely! Only cooked it for 60minutes and it was a beautiful deep colour.
    Hubby asked what it is supposed “to go with” and my immediate reply was “my spoon and my mouth”.
    Will be making another batch tomorrow ?

  15. I have some small cans of Nestle condensed milk, the 4 oz. size. How long would I cook one for, following the directions as stated here?

    1. Hi Elsie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The cooking time and directions will be the same for 1 can of condensed milk.

      You will want to use less baking soda and warm water.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  16. Hi, Amy & Jacky –

    Just tried this recipe tonight – delicious! I used the brand you suggested – Longevity and cooked it 40 min HP, then NR. When I took it out of the pot, it was a bit runny in consistency and foamy on top. I stirred it up – no lumps at all, but nice dark color and very good taste. I will wait to see the consistency after it spends the night in the refrigerator. How thick is it supposed to be? Can you stand a spoon up in the container without it falling over? Mine does not look as thick as in your pictures, at least right now.

    1. Hi Diane,

      thank you for your kind feedback and question 🙂

      It will thicken quite a bit once it cools to room temperature.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. Hi! Thanks for the recipe! I usually buy the sugar free dulce de leche (no sugar added/ just stevia). How can I do this in the IP? With evaporated milk, stevia and arrow root maybe?? Do you have any idea?

    1. Hi Carol,

      thank you for your question.

      In theory, stevia will not caramelize like regular sugar so it will not work 🙁

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. Just made this tonight. Color and flavor are great, but it got oddly frothy when I used the immersion blender. Any idea why? Since this is for my husband’s lunches and the froth will actually help keep it softer, this is actually a good thing, but I’d like to know if this was due to accident, brand, or what. I used “great value” condensed milk.

    1. Hi Angie,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      It sounds like the immersion blender was not submerged properly into the Dulce De Leche. The blender will introduce air bubbles when it is not fully submerged.

      Hopefully this will solve the issue!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. Your method worked perfectly using one of the Ekovana pans covered with its solid lid. I did two cans of Eagle Brand for 45 minutes, and got a nice dark brown, perfectly caramelized result. The flat bottom of the stacking pan made it easy to use my immersion blender for the last step. Smooth and Delicious! Thanks for the recipes and your unique method.

    1. Hi Lori,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      This recipe can be doubled, but you will want a larger container.

      The water will stay the same, but the cooking time will have to be increased by 25 – 30%.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Mary,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      We haven’t tried using the hand-mixer for this, but I don’t think it will work.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  20. Hi love your site, just made your cheesecake turned out perfect, but quick question if using a pyrex glass bowl for the Dulce de leche (as I can’t find the metal one) can I still place it directly in the pot or should I put it on the trivet? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      thank you so much for your kind words and question 🙂

      I would recommend placing it on a trivet as the excessive shaking can be a bit violent for a glass bowl.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. Thank you for the recipe. I just wonder if maybe your daughter could smell caramelly sweetness in the air, I tend to over think things lol

  22. It is in the pot now!!!!!! I am so totally excited, as I tried a different recipe and it was good, but looking forward to this being even better! Never had bad caramel, and I know yours can ONLY be great!!!!!!!!

    1. :*( What a disaster! Not sure what happened, I followed the directions EXACTLY. EXACTLY. I used 45 minutes to be on the cautious side. When it was done, it was so burnt, we couldn’t even eat it 🙁 Bummer!

    2. Hi Jen,

      sorry to hear that. Was it looking like this picture?

      Blending it with an immersion blender will make it smooth again.

      Take care & have a great Sunday
      Jacky

    3. yes, Jacky, it looked similar to that, but dry and crusty as well. I did originally use the immersion blender, because again, I did EXACTLY as you instructed. But, it didn’t even help my outcome.

  23. I just made this recipe, very excited to taste it…I love dulce de leche. How long do you estimate for the full natural release in my 6 qt instant pot? I am keep having to tell myself not to open it too soon.

    Thank you for your great recipes and easy to follow instructions.
    Lisa

  24. I have used the can in water method for 25 plus years. I have never encountered any abnormal conditions. Cooking time is around 2-3 hours. And certainly the water level needs to be watched. We have to top the water every 20 minutes. The results are very consistent. However it is not messy as you described.

    1. Hi Nick,

      thank you for your comment 🙂

      The messy part is mostly the result of pressure cooking. The high heat in pressure cooker causes the adhesive to melt.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  25. Used your recipe and method, and while the results were delicious, way too much water got into the stainless steel bowl and I ended up with something more like dulce de leche soup (still great on ice cream! And I’ve been using it in my tea, so good).

    The problem, looking at your pictures, is I used a much narrower bowl than you show, leaving a lot more space around the top of the bowl within the instant pot. I think that maybe let more steam get into the bowl. Next time I’ll probably loosely cover the boil with foil to keep the condensation out of it.

  26. Hi,
    Are you supposed to cover the pot (like with foil) when it’s in the IP? mine was really watery from the condensation that fell in it.

    1. Hi RB,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Covering the pot with foil will also work. The cooking time will be roughly 10 minutes more.

      Not sure if this was the problem.

      When opening the lid, make sure the lid is not tilted so that the condensation will drop into the pot.

      Happy New Year to you and your family!
      Jacky

  27. Hi Amy and Jacky

    I absolutely love your website. I learned so much and I now use my pressure cooker very often. I made a batch of this according to your recipe but was wondering how do I made it into salted caramel ? Thank you a lot in advance for your time and effort.

    1. Hi Ashley,

      thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

      You can add some sea salt to the Dulce De Leche. I would try a small batch first. Please taste and adjust accordingly.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Diana,

      We bought ours at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Happy New Year & Have fun cooking!
      Jacky

    1. Hi Carol,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The caramelizing & browning requires the sugar in the condensed milk so evaporated milk will not work.

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
      Jacky

  28. I don’t have a stainless steel bowl that I can use for this … would a cake pan work? (Fat Daddio one)

    Or can you post instructions on how to make it in the mason/glass jars? Or is it the same?

    Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      Fat Daddio cake pan (Not the push pan version) will work. If it is a push pan version, you can place the pan on a trivet and increase the cooking time by 8 – 10 minutes.

      I won’t recommend using mason jars for this method as you will want to use an immersion blender to smooth out the mixture after.

      Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday to you and your family Christine!

      Take care
      Jacky

  29. Last night i tried making this using a glass bowl and making my own condensed milk with 370ml can of evapourated milk and 1 3/4 cup + 2tbsp sugar. Processed in my instapot 3 times. First 40min NR, second 20 min NR and 3rd 30 min NR. Chilled in the fridge over night never thickened up and still tasted more like condensed milk then caramel. I put it into mason jars and processed again this morning for 40min NR its a deep caramel color hoping once cooled itll taste more like caramel and thicken up. If not anyway/suggestions to fix it?

    1. Hi Katrina,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Sounds like the DIY condensed milk has too much water content in it so it didn’t caramelize properly.

      I would try thicken it up on the stovetop by reducing some of the water content.

      Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday to you and your family Katrina!
      Jacky

  30. I just made this and the blueberry compote for Christmas gifts and they are both amazing!!! Thank you thank you! ?

    Can’t wait to try both over #17 cheesecake!

  31. Trying this out for the first time hoping it goes well i make condensed milk from evaporated milk. (370ml can + 1 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp sugar)

    Can i freeze the extra caramel to help it last longer then 3 weeks (assuming it doesnt get devoured in that time lol)

    Also will this work if i wanted to make in my canning jars instead? Without putting lids on?

    1. Hi Katrina,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      You can freeze the extra caramel and it can be frozen for up to 3 months (for best quality only)

      It will be harder to make in canning jars as you will really want to use a immersion blender or blender to mix the mixture after.

      Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday to You and your family!

      Please take care
      Jacky

    2. Thank i plan on using wide mouth jars that my immersion blender fits into next time i make it.

      However i just did 40 minutes under pressure then another 20 and its just darkish liquid no blending needed and still tastes like the condensed milk did i do something wrong? I used a glass bowl as thats all i have

    1. Hi Nancy,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      It needs to be refrigerated. If you place the dulce de leche in an airtight container, it will last for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

      Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday to You and Your Family!

      Please take care
      Jacky

  32. After only five minutes my Dulce de Leche was coming out of the over flow and the release valve. Turned my IP off, let it cool, opened up the pot and I have Dulce de Leche everywhere except in the stainless steel bowl. Hmmm. Curious as to what happened?

    1. Hi Judy,

      thank you for your question.

      It sounds like no water was added to the IP and the heat wants to boil the condensed milk.

      Was water added to the inner pot? How much condensed milk was used?

      Take care & have an amazing weekend
      Jacky

    1. Hi Crystal,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      It will still work with 300ml. Make sure to adjust the baking soda amount accordingly!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  33. What is your brand of stainless steel bowl? I have searched and can not find one that says it is ovenproof, etc. I know many use just any old stainless steel mixing bowl, but I want something that does not have nickle, etc. in the stainless. Thank you.

    1. Hi Linda,

      thank you for your question

      Our stainless steel bowl is (7.5″ x 3″ stand)

      We bought ours at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have an awesome day
      Jacky

    1. Hi Becky,

      Hope you have been doing well. Didn’t see this comment earlier!

      It will work. You will need to increase the cooking time by 5 – 8 minutes with glass pyrex dish.

      Happy New Year and have fun cooking!
      Jacky

  34. following up on Beckie’s question: how much room should be left at the top after pouring in the mixture? if I double the recipe how much room should there be at the top of the stainless steel bowl?

  35. I have a question about the 7″ stainless steel pot in which you cooked this stuff….is it the same pot that comes with the 6 pt. Instant Pot or something smaller? If it’s smaller, where did you get it?

    1. Hi Becky,

      thank you for your question

      Our stainless steel bowl is (7.5″ x 3″ stand)

      We bought ours at Daiso and you can probably find them in local Asian supermarkets as the pot-in-pot method is quite popular in Asia.
      Any food grade (304 or 316 or 18/8 18/10) stainless steel bowl that fits into the IP (less than 7.5” in diameter) will work.

      They are also called Tiffin in Indian markets.

      Take care & have an awesome day
      Jacky

  36. Hi: Thank you for this recipe. I was wondering if this could be used over apples instead of carmel? Would it stick to the apples? TIA. Ja

    1. Hi Ja Peck,

      thank you for your question & kind words 🙂

      It will work great with apples.

      Chilled Dulce De Leche is quite thick and will stick to apples!

      You may have to warm up the Dulce De Leche a bit if it is too thick.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Leslie,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Glass bowl will work okay, but stainless steel bowl will work better.

      Dulce De Leche can be used as a dip or similar to salted caramel.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Lori,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If you place the dulce de leche in an airtight container, it will last for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Lesley,

      It will take a lot of time and power to whisk them back together.

      If you have a standard blender, it will work as well.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  37. I want to make my own sweetened condensed milk instead of buying the canned product. As long as it’s proportionally correct, it should work.

    Have you tried that option?

    1. Hi Tammi,

      Yes, sweetened condensed milk is concentrated milk with a lot of sugar.

      It will take quite a long time to make the same amount as a can.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  38. Recipe doesn’t call for covering stainless steel bowl. Wouldn’t covering it improve consistency by keeping steam and condensation out? Wanted to check before I tried it out.

    1. Hi Brenda,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      No need to cover as we want as much heat to caramelize the Dulce De leche. Only a few drops of condensation will get in and it can be smoothen out at the end.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

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