Can You Freeze Sweetened Condensed Milk? (Yes, Here’s How)

You’ve used half a can of condensed milk in a recipe, and have no uses for the leftovers in the next couple of days. Can you freeze sweetened condensed milk?

Even though condensed milk lasts for a while after opening, sometimes that period isn’t long enough. Or you don’t want it sitting in the fridge and waiting until you whip up that dessert again.

If that’s the case, freezing seems like the only solution to the problem.

But before you put that leftover sweetened milk into the freezer, you probably want to know if that works and what to expect. And that’s what this article is all about.

Pouring thawed condensed milk over a pile of pancakes
Pouring thawed condensed milk over a pile of pancakes

Can You Freeze Sweetened Condensed Milk?

Unlike evaporated milksweetened condensed milk doesn’t freeze solid. That’s due to its sugar content. It just gets much thicker, but you can still pour it, albeit slowly.

Here’s how mine looks like after freezing:

Frozen condensed milk
Frozen condensed milk

And here’s a closeup on the surface:

Surface of frozen condensed milk
Surface of frozen condensed milk, as you can see it’s not solid

That’s good news. That means there’s no separation that you have to deal with after thawing. All the issues that you might know from freezing buttermilk or yogurt aren’t present.

Here’s the same sweetened condensed milk after defrosting it:

Thawed condensed milk on a spoon
Thawed condensed milk on a spoon

The only change that you might notice is that it’s slightly paler than before putting it into the freezer. And that’s about it.

The consistency is also back to normal, so you can pour it no problem.

Tip

If there’s some slight separation noticeable (unlikely, but possible) after thawing, give it a good stir before using.

Long story short, freezing condensed milk doesn’t come with any downsides. Maybe besides the fact that you need a few hours of defrosting to get it to its usual texture.

Thawed condensed milk surface
Surface of thawed condensed milk

How To Freeze Sweetened Condensed Milk

All you need is a freezer-safe container, and you can get to work. Here’s how:

  1. Pour the leftover sweetened condensed milk into the container. Seal it tight, and add a label if you like.
  2. Transfer it into the freezer.

That’s it. All it takes is those two steps that take two minutes tops.

Since it doesn’t freeze solid, you don’t have to worry about many containers and measuring exact amounts. You use it as you go.

Tip

You can scoop a teaspoon or two of condensed milk from the container whenever needed, and return the rest to the freezer.

Condensed milk ready for freezing
Condensed milk ready for freezing

Thawing Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk stays liquid (although slow as molasses) in the freezer. That means you don’t need to plan ahead and thaw it if you’re okay with it being thick and super cold.

If you don’t want it that cold and slow, give it a couple of hours in the refrigerator.

Tip

If you want your condensed milk at room temperature, submerge the container in warm water for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the volume.

As I mentioned, if you don’t need the whole container, scoop and thaw the amount you need and leave the rest frozen. This way, you never need to refreeze it.

Pancakes and thawed condensed milk
Pancakes and thawed condensed milk

Uses For Thawed Condensed Milk

You can use frozen and thawed sweetened condensed milk however you like. Unlike cream cheese or sour cream, there are no limitations here due to lack of separation.

That means that all the classic uses for sweetened milk are viable options:

  • sweetening pies and other baked goods
  • pouring over pancakes, crepes, ice cream, and the like
  • upgrading your coffee or tea
  • anything else you use condensed milk in