Even the most mundane cup of coffee is transformed by a creamy dollop of milk foam on top. And you don’t need any fancy equipment to do it at home. In this short video, we’ll show you how to froth milk (or make milk foam) without an espresso machine, using a few simple household tools. But before we get started, let’s talk about the difference between steamed milk, and milk foam:
Steamed Milk vs. Frothed Milk
Steamed milk is what’s used to make fancy latte art. It’s commonly made with higher-end espresso machines equipped with a “steam wand”. This wand injects steam into the milk, which produces tiny, closely-knit bubbles. The result is similar in consistency to thick paint.
Milk Foam (or frothed milk) is slightly different. It’s the fluffy, pillowy goodness that typically tops cappuccinos. Since it has an airier, fluffier consistency, it is not used for latte art. There are slight differences between “foam” and “froth”, but for the purposes of this video, I’m using them interchangeably.
Froth Milk at Home
While steamed milk requires a steam wand, we can froth milk and produce fluffy milk foam using a few household tools. Today I’ll be covering four of my favorites:
1. Whisk & Stovetop: This produces very light, airy pillows.
2. French Press: My favorite method, this produces rich, velvety, creamy pillows that are more dense than the other methods.
3. Frothing Wand: This method produces a feather-light foam with less structure and stability than other methods.
4. Jar Method: Produces a smooth, more fluid froth.
Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to froth milk using these methods. For each method, you’ll notice that a bit of milk almost always remains unfrothed. This is perfectly normal. Pour the liquid milk in your drink first, then spoon the frothed milk on top. Enjoy!
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