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Making and Canning Homemade Caramel Dulce de Leche

It is the perfect time of year for some homemade Caramel Dulce de Leche or just caramel. I love the fall for many reasons, one is apples dipped in caramel. Yum!

This super easy recipe is a huge game-changer. You can make this is less than 10 minutes and then let your crockpot or pressure canner do the rest.

I use sweetened condensed milk, that is what makes this so quick to put together. Add some vanilla and salt and you have yourself a great treat!

You may be asking yourself if there is a difference between caramel and dulce de leche? Yes, as far as thickness but taste-wise they are neck and neck. You can use dulce de leche in any recipe you would caramel. You just may not need as much, remember this is thicker.

If you are using a crockpot for this recipe get that out and add some water. Halfway is fine for now. Once your jars are put in it you can add more if needed.


Take your sweetened condensed milk and put it in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla and salt and mix well. Carefully place your ingredients into half-pint canning jars, leaving an inch headspace. Clean the rims well, or they will not seal.

Instructions- Crock Pot

Put you lid and rings on tight, and put them in your crockpot. Cover your jars with more water if needed. You want it to be an inch above your jars. Turn your heat on low and set your timer for 8 hours.

Instructions- Pressure Canning

You can also pressure can this for 10 minutes at your pressure. Be sure to vent for 10 minutes. All your ingredients are cold so your pressure canner will need to be cold as well.


  • 4 jars of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 TBS vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt

Once it is finished lift the jars out with your jar lifter. THEY ARE HOT. Sit them on a towel and they will seal as they cool. Wait 24 hours before removing the rings and cleaning the jars- if needed.

These would make great gifts at Christmas time!

There you have it, super easy caramel sauce or Dulce de Leche.

I hope you enjoy!


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