Far be it from me to back away from a pin that has a “may explode” warning attached to it, but when I found this crockpot version of dulce de leche made from a can of sweetened condensed milk, I felt a little better about it than the “boil on the stove, may explode” version. So I decided to give it a go.
I guess you’re supposed to have some idea of what you’re going to use your dulce de leche for once you’ve made it. Planning fail. But it was too late, and I had already forged ahead.
I followed the directions and took the label off the can and got a saucer to set the can on so that my crockpot wouldn’t get a rusty ring in the bottom. I threw it all in and fired it up.
And then the power went out for about 2 seconds, and I did not think to check the crockpot to see if it actually turned back on along with the power… It didn’t. So two hours later, I restarted the whole thing.
And then the damn power went out again. This is America. The power is not supposed to go out while I am attempting to make my own dulce de leche from a can of sweetened condensed milk in my fancy crockpot while watching The Bachelorette and singing My Country Tis of Thee. But go out it did, so I reset it again, and I honestly have no idea how many hours it ended up being in there for.
On top of that, the eight hours was up at like 3 a.m., so it sat on “warm” for another 4 hours until I could drag my ass out of bed to get it out of there. So I probably overcooked it. Ok, definitely overcooked it.
Good thing I put a saucer in the bottom.
What I don’t know is if the rust is going to come off of my saucer. I neglected to think about that when I followed the directions. Now the question is: would I have rather had a rust ring in my crockpot or on my saucer? I guess it’s probably a toss-up.
It was time for the moment of truth, and I must admit to a little fluttery excitement as I opened the can. I mean, there could be anything in there: dulce de leche (the most boring option), sweetened condensed milk (a slightly less boring option, and funnier), a weird combination of the two (now we’re getting somewhere), or a strange chemical substance the likes of which I had not even begun to contemplate (which, honestly, I was hoping for).
I got a brownish substance with oily shit on the top that (sort of) resembled dulce de leche.
It was underwhelming.
After I stirred it with a knife, it looked pretty similar to the one in the demo blog, although maybe a bit thicker and darker. (Heh.)
And it tasted like… well, sort of still like sweetened condensed milk, which isn’t a bad thing.
Now I just have to decide what I’m going to do with it…
To be continued. DUN DUN DUN.
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