How to steam or froth milk

Steaming milk is basically heating the milk with a steam wand, in a pan on your stove or in a microwave. Be careful not to boil or overheat the milk; this will ruin the taste of your coffee. When steaming milk by using a commercial espresso machine with steam wand, stop steaming once the milk reaches 70-75 °F. You may use a thermometer to check the temperature of the milk when steaming on stove or in a microwave. However, take care when checking the temperature

of your milk on the stove with thermometer, as the actual heat of the milk might be 5-100 hotter than displayed.

Items required for steaming milk with

steam wand:

Coffee machine with steam wand

Espresso thermometer

Pitcher

Milk

Guide:

1.Pour cold milk in a stainless steel pitcher.

2.Place frothing thermometer to the

side of pitcher with thermometer tip

in the milk.

3.Purge the steam wand to ensure that no residual buildup of water or milk get into your milk.

4.The tip of the steam wand should be just below the surface of the milk.

5.Slightly tilt the pitcher. You want to position it in a way to create a vortex and let the milk spin in the pitcher.

6.Check to see if the milk has reached the ideal temperature with frothing thermometer. It normally takes 10 to 30 seconds to steam milk with the

steam wand.

7.Clean and purge the wand when you are finished.

There are certain techniques that can help you save some money and make frothy milk for cappuccino at home with just the help of utensils that every kitchen possesses. There is no need to purchase fancy equipment such as a steam wand.

Steaming milk on stove

Items required for steaming the milk

on stove:

Pan

Milk

Spoon to stir

Thermometer

Guide:

1.Pour cold milk in pan and place it on the stove.

2.Turn on the stove to low heat.

3.Use spoon to stir the milk until it is heated.

4. Enjoy your coffee with steamed milk.

Steaming milk in microwave

Items required for steaming milk in

microwave:

Microwavable container

Milk

Guide:

1.Pour cold milk in a jar or a container (make sure it is microwavable).

2.Set the microwave timer to 90 seconds.

3.When the timer expires, remove and enjoy the milk with your coffee beverage.

Frothing milk for your coffee

Frothed milk is much smoother and denser than steamed milk. The milk is not only heated – the air is injected into the milk to create foam. Do not put too much milk in the pitcher when frothing, because frothed milk rises higher than steamed milk due to foaming. This process is referred to as microfoam. There should not be any noticeable bubbles in the pitcher when you finish frothing, as the bubbles should be very small.

Frothing milk with steam wand

Items required:

Coffee machine with steam wand

Espresso thermometer

Pitcher

Milk

Guide:

1.Pour cold milk in about one third pitcher.

2.Place frothing thermometer to the side of the pitcher with thermometer tip in milk.

3.Purge the steam wand to ensure that no residual buildup of water or milk get into your milk.

4.The tip of the steam wand should be just below the surface of the milk and positioned in the spout of the pitcher. Ensure the holes at the tip of the steam wand are exposed.

5.Wait 10 seconds, then place the tip of the steam wand about an inch further into milk. This step adds texture to your milk.

6.Turn off wand once it is at the desired temperature (150 to 155 °F).

7.Clean and purge wand when you are finished.

Frothing milk on stove

Items required:

Pan

Milk

Thermometer

Immersion blender

Guide:

1.Pour cold milk in pan and place it on the stove.

2.Turn on the stove to low heat.

3.When milk is heated to approximately 104 °F, use the immersion blender to mix into

leathery foam.

4.Turn off the stove once milk is at 155 °F.

5.Remove foam from the top of milk and use it for coffee beverage.

Frothing milk in microwave

What you need:

Fresh milk

Fresh espresso or strong coffee

2 microwave safe cups

Microwave oven

Wire whisk

You can prepare strong coffee or espresso ahead of time with your chosen method. Get 2 microwave safe cups and pour the milk into the bottom 1/3 of the cup. Place both cups in the microwave oven with the heat on high for about a minute and a half, or until steam begins

to rise from the surface of the milk. Then remove the cups from the microwave. Hold the wire whisk vertically and insert the beater into the cup. Roll the handle rapidly between the palms of your hands and twirl the whisk until you obtain the desired amount of froth. Pour the desired amount of coffee into each cup and serve.

Using a jar and microwave for the

perfect frothy milk

If you do not have a wire whisk at home,

don’t worry. There is another method of

preparing frothy milk.

What you need:

Fresh milk

Strong coffee or espresso

Microwave oven

Small jar with a lid

Fill the jar with as much milk as you would like in your coffee, but remember not to fill the jar past the half way mark to allow some room for the foam. Put the lid on and shake the jar as hard as you can until the milk has become frothy and doubled in size. This will take about 30 seconds. Take the lid off and put it in the microwave for half a minute. The heat

from the microwave will stabilize it and help the milk rise to the top.

Pour the milk into your coffee and use the spoon to hold back the foam. You can then scoop the foam in top of your coffee and enjoy it alone or with friends.

The whole concept behind the foam is to push air into the milk. The quality of the foam is determined by how you push air into the milk. Although the best way of doing this is through the steam wand of an espresso machine, you do not necessarily have to go out and purchase an additional gadget.

It may be difficult at first, but you will

be able to do it more easily over time.

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