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Heres how to froth milk for lattesthe three best ways! You can use everything from a milk frother to a good old whisk.

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Want to make a cafe latte or tea latte at home? Guess what: theres no need for a fancy espresso machine with a milk steamer! (Though it does come in handy.) You can become a barista extraordinaire in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a little tutorial on how to froth milk and one of three tools. One of them you probably already have on hand! This skill will revolutionize your home coffee and tea experience: you can make drinks like the latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and more.

Got an espresso maker with milk steamer? Quick, go to How to Steam Milk!

The best method without a steamer? A milk frother!

The results of our research are in. As much as we hate to say it, but a milk frother is worth the purchase! Typically we avoid single-use tools, but at $10, its a pretty mighty machine. A milk frother is the best way to get the perfect frothy foam for a latte. Trust us: we avoided it and used our French press for a few months before we decided to try out the frother.

After testing it out, we were quite impressed. Its fastest, its easiest, and it makes the most frothy foam bubbles. You can also use less milk than the other methods, and the temperature is not as touchy. You can froth non-dairy milk easily, and even cold milk (thats impossible using the other methods).

  • Whats the best milk frother? This Handheld Milk Frother is $10.90 and works like a charm. You can also use it to whisk vinaigrette dressings. (So its not a uni-tasker after all!)
  • What are the next best tools? You can also use a French press or a good old whisk. Keep reading for how to do all of them!
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How to froth milk: important tips!

Do not skip this section! This info is important for getting the best foam on your latte. There are a few things to know before you start.

  • **Most importantly: use fresh milk! Fresh milk is key to getting the best foam. If your milk has been in the fridge for a few weeks, it might not foam! (Trust us, we had this issue.) The best way to ensure good foam is milk thats as fresh as possible.
  • Whole milk works best, because it has the highest milkfat. 2% also works. You can also use non-dairy milk like oat milk, but its the hardest to froth because it has less fat.
  • Heat the milk to scalding first. No matter your method, heating the milk makes for the best results. Place the milk in a saucepan and heat it to scalding or 150 degrees Fahrenheit (measure using a food thermometer). This is hot to the touch, but not simmering.
  • Customize the foam bubbles to your drink. For a latte youll want smaller bubbles and thicker milk. For a cappuccino or macchiato you want larger bubbles; this will take slightly longer for froth.

Method 1: How to froth milk with a milk frother

Once youve read those general tips, youre ready to froth! Got a Handheld Milk Frother? Pros of this method: it very easy to use and results in the best foamy bubbles. Another perk: you can use less milk at a time and it works well for non-dairy milk like oat milk. Cons: it costs $10. (To us, its worth it!) Heres how to froth milk with a milk frother:

  1. Heat the milk to scalding (see above).
  2. Place the milk in a tall container. Hold the container at an angle and turn on the frother.
  3. Move the frother up and down until foamy bubbles form, about 20 seconds or so. Tap the container on the counter to break down any large bubbles.
    Important: For a latte, dont go too far: you want the milk to mix in with the coffee so you dont need too much froth. (For a cappuccino or macchiato youll want lots of foam!) For a latte, let the foam rest for 30 seconds to 1 minute to get the foam to incorporate into the milk and separate slightly.
How to froth milk with a milk frotherHow to froth milk with a milk frotherThe milk frother method is quick and easy

Method 2: How to froth milk with a French press

The next best method for how to froth milk? Using a French press! Perhaps you already have a French press for making coffee? You can use it to make foam too. This method works very well, but its not as quick and easy as the frother. It also can be a little temperamental, especially with non-dairy milk. If youre using oat milk, youll need to be careful you dont overwhip it. Heres how to froth milk with a French press:

  1. Heat the milk to scalding (see above). Note that youll get best results with 1 cup of milk with this method so it may make more than 1 drink depending on the recipe.
  2. Add the scalding milk to the French press. Pump using quick, short plunges until foamy bubbles form, about 30 seconds. If youre using oat milk, pump only about 25 times because the foam can deflate when overwhipped.
  3. Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles.
How to froth milk with a French pressHow to froth milk with a French pressYou can use a French press to froth milk!

Method 3: How to froth milk with a whisk

Dont have any special tools? You can use a whisk to froth milk. But heres the thing: it takes longer and the foam is not nearly as lusciously bubbly. Youll also get a little less foam than with the other methods. But if you dont mind (most of the time we dont!), then its a great method because you dont have to buy anything special. Heres how to froth milk with a whisk:

  • Heat the milk to scalding (see above).
  • Use a whisk to vigorously whisk it until foamy bubbles form*.
  • Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles.
How to froth milk with a whiskHow to froth milk with a whiskYou can also use a whisk!

Drink recipes that use frothy milk

There are so many coffee and tea drinks that use frothed milk! Once youve mastered this method, you can play barista with these drinks:

  • Latte The classic espresso drink! Try this perfect cafe latte.
  • CappuccinoCreamy with just the right touch of foamed milk and bitter espresso.
  • Mocha Rich and chocolaty, with just the right topping of fluffy milk foam.
  • MacchiatoA shot of espresso topped with a layer of frothy foam: the perfect drink!
  • Perfect Tea Latte A tea latte just like your favorite coffee shopin 5 minutes.
  • Chai Latte or Vegan Chai Latte Everyones favorite, using masala chai spices.
  • Vanilla Chai Latte A cozy drink flavored with vanilla and perfectly frothy.
  • Dirty Chai Latte A tea latte spiked with a shot of espresso.
Vanilla chai latteVanilla chai latteThis cozy vanilla chai latte has perfectly frothed foamPrint

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How to Froth Milk (3 Best Ways!)


  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Enough for 2 lattes 1x

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Heres how to froth milk for lattesthe three best ways! You can use everything from a milk frother to a good old whisk.


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  • ½ cup fresh milk (whole milk works best; milk that is a few weeks old may not froth)
  • Tool for the job: Milk frother, French press, or whisk


Instructions

  1. Heat the milk: Place the milk in a saucepan and heat it to scalding or 150 degrees Fahrenheit (measure using a food thermometer if possible). This is hot to the touch, but not simmering.
  2. How to froth with a milk frother (easiest and best method): Place the milk in a tall container. Hold the container 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 container on the counter to break down any large bubbles.
  3. How to froth with a French press:Add the scalding milk to the French press and pump using quick, short plunges until foamy bubbles form*, about 30 seconds**. Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles. Youll get best results with 1 cup of milk for two drinks.
  4. Whisk method: Add the scalding milk to a bowl and use a whisk to vigorously whisk it until foamy bubbles form*. Pour into a pitcher and tap it on the counter to break down large bubbles.

Notes

*For a latte youll want smaller bubbles and thicker milk; for a cappuccino or macchiato you want larger bubbles (which takes slightly longer).

**If using oat milk and a French press, pump vigorously until frothy, about 25 times. Do not overwhip, as the foam will deflate!

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Frothed
  • Cuisine: Coffee and tea
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: How to froth milk, Best milk frother

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