I love caramel. It is good on ice cream. It is good for dipping with apple slices. It is good spread on cake. It is good for lots of things.
Making caramel from scratch involves ingredients like heavy cream that I never have on hand. So when I saw several videos of making caramel by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk for three hours, I had to try it. It worked. The result was delicious.
Yesterday I opened 4 cans of sweetened condensed milk and filled 6 half pint jars. I wiped the jar rims really well, added lids and rings and set them into a stock pot. I poured in enough water to cover the jars by at least two inches, turned on the burner and brought the pot to a boil. I turned the heat down a bit and let the jars cook at a slow boil for 3 hours, adding more water about half way through to keep the water level over the jars.
When the caramel was done and after it had cooled a little bit, I called Duane and said, "There be caramel." to which he replied. "I'll be right over." We opened one jar for a taste test. That jar is in the fridge and I hear it calling my name. Duane made off with two jars. Another jar went home with my nurse and two more are on the shelf.
I will be making more of this. :)