Sunday, 1 October 2017

Homemade Organic Condensed Milk and a visit to Cockhaise Organic Farm


Being a vegetarian, it is really important to me knowing where the foods I consume are coming from and their quality. So when I was invited by Arla Foods UK to visit Arla's cooperative Cockhaise Organic Farm in Haywards Heath, West Sussex to find out about Organic farming, I did not need much persuasion to agree to the visit.

So what do we understand when we read it's Organic?

During my visit at the farm, I have learnt that organic means “Working with nature, providing a high standard of animal welfare, no use of artificial fertilisers and totally GM free.”



To be classified as free range, the cows at Cockhaise Farm graze outdoors in the grass and clover fields, which are free of artificial pesticide and herbicides. The grass in the fields also have many species of herbs such as chicory, plaintain, yarrow, burnett, red clover, sweet clover and rye grass. The farmers rely on crop rotation and careful selection of crop varieties and cultivation to avoid the use of pesticides.

The cows are milked twice daily and the milk is graded for its quality according to the Organic Standards. This ensures that the Arla Organic Free Range Milk is of the highest standard. It is available in most supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Morrisons, OCADO and Nisa stores.





Today I am going to make my own condensed milk with Arla Organic Free Range Milk. I use a lot of it in my Indian Sweets and often baking but I have never been able to find an organic variety of condensed milk. The recipe is simple to make and tastes amazing.





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Homemade Organic Condensed Milk
Creamy and rich homemade organic condensed milk, full of flavour and delicious.



Ingredients:
  • 600 ml Arla Organic Free Range Milk
  • 150 g Fairtrade Organic granulated cane Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Organic Butter (unsalted)

Method:
1. In a heavy bottom, pan add the milk, butter and sugar and bring the milk to a simmer.2. Once all the sugar has melted, simmer on a steady low heat for 35-40 minutes, stirring intermittently.3. The milk will reduce in quantity and thicken. It is ready when it starts to coat the back of a spoon.4.Turn off the heat and pour the condensed milk into a sterile jar and leave to cool. The condensed milk will thicken more when it gets cold.5. Store in the fridge.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 jar


This post is in collaboration with Arla Foods UK who invited me to visit Cockhaise Farm to learn about the production of Arla Organic Free Range Milk. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and photographs are my own and may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.

67 comments:

  1. What an interesting experience visiting an organic farm! This is the milk we actually drink! I didnt actually know you could make your own condensed milk so thanks for the recipe!

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    1. You can definitely make lots of things with organic milk condensed milk too.

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  2. Looks like a interesting visit to the farm. Its great to see where it all comes from

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  3. Organic is the way to live a healthy life! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe.

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  4. Nice to see the connection from organic farm to the table. Must admit I’ve never really understood what organic is all about but still I prefer to purchase organic.

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    1. Hopefully this post will help to make things clearer.

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  5. I love using condensed milk in cooking, but did not know you could make your own. I bet this is amazing. I will be trying this out x

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    1. Do let me know how you get on with the recipe.

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  6. This is really interesting, I've just started choosing to buy organic milk for my children, it's great to see that these cows are free range.

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    1. They looked so content and healthy and that definitely makes a difference.

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  7. I didn't know that you could get organic condensed milk, I've only ever seen it in a can! Have you ever tried turning this into doce de leite? I imagine it'd be absolutely amazing!

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    1. The shop bought is not organic, thats why I make my own since you can’t buy organic condensed milk.

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  8. Farm visits always enriching and awesome, but I didn't knew that we can make organic condensed milk at home, was enriching to read this condensed milk recipe. The end product in pics looked yummy .

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    1. It was fairly simple to make as long as the milk did not scorch.

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  9. Arla is one of the good products I've tried. I like their fresh milk in pouch :)

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    1. Since discovering Arla Milk I too have become a fan.

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  10. We did use condensed milk for various Indian sweets and even some cakes! It sure gives an additional layer of flavour and healthy too:)

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    1. It surely does. Makes sweets very smooth and tasty.

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  11. I never knew that was how you made condensed milk! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. I hope you will try the recipe and see how easy it is for your self.

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  12. I haven't had condensed milk since I was a child- this organic kind looks amazing!!

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    1. Never too late to give it another taste. :)

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  13. Its really cool to be able to see animals in their nature state and being able to roam free and eat clean. The condensed milk recipe sounds intriguing and I know my husband would be a fan x

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    1. I hope you make some for your husband. :)

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  14. Wow!! It look so tempting. I really like organic and homemade food than process food. I can't wait to try this homemade organic condensed milk.

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    1. I hope you do, I would love to know how you get on do let me know.

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  15. A necessary information for me on organic farms. I like your condensed milk recipe, do not know if I can do it, but I'll try it.

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    1. Its fairly simple to make as long as you keep the heat low and don't let the milk scorch.

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  16. Ooh I never knew you could do that to make condensed milk, I always buy the tins! What a fab idea, I am so going to do this!

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  17. I am a vegetarian as well and I too am conscious about how my products affect animals. I like that you have made your own organic condensed milk x

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  18. This is actually very interesting and informative! I may just have to give it a try! Thank you.

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    1. You must it's an easy recipe to make.

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  19. Wow! Homemade condensed milk. That is a blast from the past. I am a strict vegetarian so struggle with what goes on in order for milk to be produced. However, it is good to know about the high standards of animal welfare on milk producers' farms.

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    1. Yes the farm visit really showed that Arla milk is produced in the finest way.

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  20. Oh yum, homemade condensed milk. We always buy organic and it must be great to go and see a farm like this.

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    1. It was a really nice visit to see the cows and roam around the farm.

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  21. My niece is actually studying organic farming at the moment. She likes to work with animals like cows. It's good to know what is real organic and what's not.

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  22. Interesting. I always seem to be out of something when I go to cook and I like that I now have a substitute for Condensed milk!

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    1. Great I am glad it will be useful to you.

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  23. I grew up on a farm in rural Iowa and our neighbor raised dairy cows and there's nothing like fresh milk. Condensed milk always reminds me of my grandmother because she added it to all of her tasty treats. Bar cookies, truffles, and (my favorite) her Tres Leche Cake. Such great memories .. x

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    1. So glad that the post evoked good memories for you.

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  24. Wow!! This is actually I have looking for/ I really love any homemade plus organic. These looks so tasty and perfect for bread and pastries.

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    1. It was definitely a winner recipe that I will make again.

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  25. I'm vegan and I consider myself to be pretty clean when it comes to what I eat as well as what products I cook in and put on my body. Organic is a smart choice for sure. It's so sweet to see the cows free ranging in your pictures. I make my condensed milk with cashew milk. It is AMAZING in my pumpkin pie recipe. :-)

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    1. My next task is to try and make condensed milk from almond milk will keep you informed how it works.

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  26. Ohh I grew up with Arla when I lived in Sweden. And we lived next to a big Arla milk production! Making the condensed milk seems so simple! Never saw anyone making it at home! What an exellent idea!

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  27. Yum! Love using condensed milk in dessert recipes! Thanks for the fun behind-the-scenes tips!

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  28. That sound like a great experience to visit and organic farm. I sure it was fun to learn and see the behind-the-scenes!

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    1. The farm visit was really interesting.

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  29. I've never been a big fan of condensed milk (it's a too sweet for me) but I would love to try some of the organic one on some fall recipes.

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  30. Definitely an interesting experience, although to be honest the condensed milk doesn't seem precisely yummy :P

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  31. What a great experience, visiting the farm and then learning how to make your own condensed milk! Now when you make your Indian sweets they can be truly 100% homemade :) x

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  32. Time for all of us to switch to Organic :) (high time I would say)
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us... condensed milk and indian sweets go hand in hand.

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  33. I particularly enjoyed the recipe you shared. Thank you- I will definitely be putting it to use. I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you for sharing.

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  34. Thats awesome you got to go to an organic farm. Much of been interesting to see them make the condensed milk from scratch.

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  35. An interesting experience Nayna, visiting an organic farm. Didn't know making condensed milk at home was so easy.

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  36. Those little calves are so cute! I would never have thought you could make condensed milk at home!!

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  37. I've never made my own condensed milk, to be honest I didn't know it was that easy x

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  38. I hadn't realised how easy it was to make condensed milk. Your visit to the organic farm sounds like fun too.

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  39. Lovely post. I will try the recipe too. What if I cannot find organic products.. can we make them using normal milk and butter ?

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