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    Whip up some frothed milk quickly and easily at home in a few minutes to top your favorite hot drinks. Perfect for homemade lattes and cappuccinos, this is how to get that coffee shop experience at home!

    spooning frothy milk over coffee

    If are a lover of coffee shop coffees, you are going to love this easy method to make frothed milk at home. With three different methods, you can make your very own frothy coffees at home with ease.

    Learn how to make frothed milk with a milk frother, French press, or hand whisk and be your very own barista! Spoon it over your favorite warm beverage or use it to make impressive latte art.

    Be sure to check out my Chai Latte and Mocha Coffee too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Easy to make: You just need some hot milk and then your tool of choice. You’ll have your own batch of frothed milk in minutes.
    • Super fun: This is a great method to bring the coffee shop to your home and avoid those queues, as well as save a bit of money!

    What you need

    If you want to make frothed milk at home you will need the following:

    • Whole milk, or any other dairy milk
    • Frother
    • Saucepan
    • Tall heatproof glass or mason jar
    whole milk in a mason jar

    How to make frothed milk

    • Place the milk in a pot on the stovetop and heat it to scalding or 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot to the touch, but not simmering.
    • Milk frother method: Pour the hot milk into a tall heat proof glass or container. Hold the glass at an angle and turn on the frother. Move the frother up and down until foamy tiny bubbles form, about 20 seconds or so. Tap the glass on the counter to break down any large bubbles.
    • Immersion blender method: Add the hot milk to the tall immersion blender cup (or a deep pot), place the hand blender in the milk and blend until foamy air bubbles form, about 30 seconds.
    • Whisk method: Add the hot milk to a bowl and use a whisk to vigorously whisk it until foamy bubbles form.
    different methods for making frothed milk

    What’s the best milk for frothing?

    Most importantly, make sure that your milk is fresh, milk that has been sitting for a week in the fridge will be much harder to foam. Whole milk produces the best results as this has the highest fat content compared to 2% milk or skim milk. For a dairy-free version, if you are lactose intolerant, oat milk is the best choice as this is thicker than other plant-based milk like almond milk.

    Can you froth cold milk?

    It’s definitely best to use warm heated milk, that registers at 150F, this will give the best results. If you are using a milk frother, it is possible to froth cold milk, but the results are lighter and fluffier once it’s heated.

    image from above of frothed milk over coffee

    What’s the quickest way to froth milk?

    If you don’t have an espresso machine with a steam wand, you might be wondering what is the best way to froth milk. If you have a handheld milk frother, this is definitely the quickest way to get your bubbly milk, and this results in the best froth, after all, it was meant for exactly this job. An immersion blender works great and doesn’t require too much effort. Using a hand whisk is a little extra work, but the results are just as good. You could also try to use a French press to froth milk.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Use an instant read thermometer to heat the milk to 150F.
    • Don’t let the milk simmer or boil.
    • Fresh whole milk delivers the best results and texture.
    • To make larger bubbles for a cappuccino or macchiato, just froth a little longer.

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    Frothed Milk

    Whip up some frothed milk quickly and easily at home in a few minutes to top your favorite hot drinks. Perfect for homemade lattes and cappuccinos, this is how to get that coffee shop experience at home!
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 4 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 1
    Calories 74kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1/2 cup fresh milk, fresh whole milk works best

    Equipment

    • Milk frother, immersion blender or whisk

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Place the milk in a saucepan and heat it to scalding or 150 degrees Fahrenheit. This is hot to the touch, but not simmering.
    • Milk frother method: Pour the hot milk in a tall heat proof glass or container. Hold the glass at an angle and turn on the frother. Move the frother up and down until foamy bubbles form, about 20 seconds or so. Tap the glass on the counter to break down any large bubbles.
    • Immersion blender method: Add the hot milk to the tall immersion blender cup (or a deep pot), place the hand blender in the milk and blend until foamy air bubbles form,, about 30 seconds.
    • Whisk method: Add the hot milk to a bowl and use a whisk to vigorously whisk it until foamy bubbles form.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Use an instant read thermometer to heat the milk to 150F.
    • Don’t let the milk simmer or boil.
    • Fresh whole milk delivers the best results.
    • To make larger bubbles for a cappuccino, just froth a little longer.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 161mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Drinks, Ingredient
    Cuisine American
    Keyword how to froth milk, how to make frothy milk
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