How to Froth Milk: 5 Easy Ways To Try

How to Froth Milk: 5 Easy Ways To Try

Everybody loves a good cup of coffee. And there are certain elements that make up the perfect cup o’ Joe. No matter whether you prefer a cappuccino, latte or mocha. Having perfectly frothed milk is a major player when it comes to creating the best morning jolt or afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, with so many places shut down at the moment, it can be difficult to get that same level of smooth creaminess. Never fear, because we’re here with all the answers you need. Find out how to froth milk at home and get back to enjoying your taste of liquid heaven. 

How To Steam Milk

No matter which option you choose – bar the automatic milk frother – you’ll need to pre-heat your milk before you get started. Do be careful that you don’t over-heat your milk, which can lead to an impaired flavour. And be sure not to risk any burns from steam or over-flowing milk. The best bubbles frequency and smoothest pour comes from warm milk, rather than hot milk. Which you can achieve in a microwave or on the hob. 

In a microwave, use a microwavable container and place the milk in the centre. Heat up your milk for around 20-30 seconds at a time, until you’ve achieved the heat you require for your milk. On the hob, simply pour in the required amount of milk you wish to froth and gently heat until the milk simmers. All the while, being careful not to let it boil and stirring continuously to get an even heat. Once you’ve done this, you can move on to how to froth milk. Simple use the methods below to turn your espresso into a smooth latte or impressive cappuccino.

Making Milk Foam In A Jar

The easiest, quickest and cheapest way to froth your milk at home is to use an airtight jar. Simply add your warm milk to your jar, screw on the lid nice and tight. Make sure no milk can escape, and give it a hearty shake! Once you’ve achieved the ideal consistency, you can simply pour this into your espresso. 

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Do be aware that, if your milk is hot, you may wish to use a paper towel or kitchen towel to keep your hands safe from any potential burns. Also, this method makes large bubbles, so it isn’t ideal if you’re looking for finer steamed milk or to create any latte art. That said, if you need a good fix for your usual coffee, it’s a good way to bridge the gap.

Whisk Up Frothed Milk

You can use an electric whisk to work up a good level of bubbles in your heated milk. Simply give them three or four minutes under a vigorous whisk. Again, you’ll need to pre-heat your milk in order to use this method, so do be careful when working with hot milk to ensure you don’t burn yourself. Once you’re done you can pour the milk over your preferred espresso. 

It’s also very possible to use a handheld whisk, although you’ll require a bit more elbow grease to get the same effect. That said, this is another fantastic option because it works with what you already have in the kitchen, saving you money. The only downside is that the bubbles are still quite large (although they’re smaller – and therefore smoother!) than the jar option, above. 

Use A French Press To Froth Milk

If you like fine coffee, then it’s likely that you’ll have a French press in your kitchen. For this option, you can simply press the hot milk in the same way you would with your coffee grinds. Push the French Press multiple times to receive the desired consistency you’re after. After finishing, it’s simply a case of a quick pour, over your preferred espresso and into your favourite mug. 

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The only big downside to using a French press is that the cleanup can be a bit of a hassle. You’ll also need to bear in mind the size of your press versus how much coffee you want to serve. Particularly since the milk will quickly expand and may spill over the sides of your press. To avoid this, fill your container to about one-third of the way up. While leaving you with plenty of space for thicker foam. 

Blend Up Some Milk Foam

This is not the most ideal option, as it requires a lot of clean-up after you’ve finished. As well as making quite the mess of your kitchen, if you’re not careful. Simply add your warm milk to the blender (or use an immersion blender, if you prefer – but be prepared for a lot of splashes!) and give your milk a couple of blasts with the blender for a few seconds at a time, until you have the foam consistency you prefer. 

Use An Automatic Milk Frother

If none of the options above are giving you the right milk foam consistency that you’re after, it can be worth investing in an automatic milk frother. This option is ideal for those who are still scratching their heads over how to make milk foam (or simply those who don’t have the time to spend on heating their milk!) before using one of the above methods. Frothing milk for any drinks – whether it’s turning your espresso into a delectable latte or adding a smoother taste to your everyday coffee – can be time-consuming. And, let’s face it, a little hit-and-miss. So, there’s no shame in opting for the mechanical option to make frothing milk all the easier and quicker.

Whether you opt for a handheld whisk to froth your milk, an electric foam milk frother or a hand pump. These are often affordable options that are ideal if you like to make your hot drink at home, regularly. There are a couple of different ways to froth milk, depending on the type and brand that you purchase. That said, the overall finished quality of the milk foam is often very similar. Although some come with better features than others, for greater control over your drink.  



Editor-in-chief, lover of UX/UI and copywriter by trade. Wendy can usually be found ranting to herself over on Twitter, educating herself about health and wellness, parenting or gaming. Luckily, she doesn't do all of these things at the same time - though you'd be surprised how often they cross over.

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