A milk frother is one of those things that you might think about buying but rarely get around to actually getting. At least it was for me. I love coffee, especially lattes and cappuccinos and I always wondered how to get the perfect froth on the lattes I made at home. I tried lots of different things to get great froth on my coffees, but it never came close to those coffee house lattes that I would buy when out.
That is until I actually went out an bought a milk frother. Could it really have been that simple? It was.
Here’s everything you need to know about automatic milk frothers
If, like me you have tried all the ways to make frothed milk at home such as heating milk in the microwave (it’s messy and not the same) or using a whisk (too much work for mornings as far as I’m concerned) then you need a milk frother.
Note: There are two main types of milk frothers, one that looks like a tiny handheld electric whisk and one that looks like an insulated coffee mug with a handle. The following questions relate to the mug style (automatic) milk frother, not the whisk type.
Does a Milk Frother Heat Milk?
Yes it does. I don’t buy any particular milk, you can but I honestly don’t find it necessary. I just use regular full fat or low fat milk in my frother. It works.
I pour in cold milk, turn it on and within seconds I have frothed milk.
What Is The Best Milk Frother?
There are lots of guides and advice on which is the best milk frother. In my opinion, for lattes and cappuccinos that you make at home, it really isn’t that important. That milk frother you saw at lidl is probably just fine.
You can see the one I use at the end of this page, it’s basic and it works very well and has done with daily use for months. It didn’t cost a lot and personally, I see no need to spend a lot on “the best milk frother”
How do you Froth Milk with a Milk Frother?
It’s not rocket science. My milk frother has four different settings. One for lots of light froth, one for a dense froth (I use this the most), one for flat warm milk and one for cold milk.
All you have to do is pour in the amount of milk you need, turn it on and in seconds you have your frothed milk.
Yes, the Nespresso milk frother does heat milk. I don’t use the Nespresso one. It’s expensive for what I wanted but it does look great if you want a stylish looking milk frother. Again, a cheaper alternative will work just as well as far as I’m concerned.
What Can I do with a Milk Frother?
You can add your frothed milk to any type of drink you want really. I use the light froth setting when I want a lighter coffee and the dense option when I’m making my morning latte. The milk warming option I use for making hot chocolate for the kids and I rarely use the cold milk option, except for making chocolate milk for the kids.
It’s really versatile, if you just want warm milk it’s very quick, much quicker than using the microwave or on a stove. If you want lattes and the likes it froths in seconds.
How do you Make a Flat White with a Milk Frother?
Personally, I don’t make flat whites with my milk frother. I find it better to use a steamer such as the one attached to my espresso machine for that. The reason is the consistency of frothed milk in a flat white is different than that of a latte and an espresso. It’s a more velvety texture without foam.
You could simply use the heated milk option, but it wouldn’t be quite right.
Can I Froth Cold Milk?
Yes, I always use cold milk directly from the refrigerator in my milk frother.
Can You Put Coconut Milk in a Milk Frother?
Yes, if you want a low carb dairy free coffee you can use coconut milk in your milk frother instead. You could also use almond milk.
How Does a Milk Frother Work?
Most automatic milk frothers use a small flat circular whisk inside. You can see this inside the mug in the image above. The whisk spins while the machine warms the coffee resulting in frothed milk.
Should Milk be Hot or Cold for Frothing?
The milk frother I use is for cold milk. It heats the milk, so to avoid the milk burning and sticking to the inside of the frother you want to use cold milk to start with.
Is Steamed Milk Sweeter?
Some people notice that steamed or frothed milk tasted sweeter than unfrothed. It’s not necessarily true but it does seem to taste a little sweeter.
What is the Difference Between Steamed Milk and Foamed Milk?
For most people, who just want a great tasting latte or cappuchino at home, there is little difference. Your latte will taste great whether the milk is steamed or frothed.
However there is a difference if you want to get technical about it. Steamed milk is not as dense as frothed milk. To make steamed milk at home you need an espresso machine with an attached steam wand. The wand is inserted into the milk where it spins and heats the milk.
A frother also spins and heats the milk but the whisk adds air bubbles to the milk.
The two processes are similar but the results are different. You can use an attached wand to steam and froth, its all about positioning the wand in the milk. A frother can only froth the milk.
What is Latte Foam Called?
The foam that you get from your milk frother is actually called microfoam. Basically, its finely textured milk just as you would get in a store bought latte.
How do You Clean a Milk Frother?
Although there are different types of milk frothers, the standard type that uses the flat whisk at the bottom is very simple to clean. It’s one of the reasons I love my frother.
Once you have made your milk you simply rinse the frother (making sure not to immerse the bottom in water). Then add some water and detergent (a very small amount) to the frother and turn it on again. It will spin the water just as it does the milk and clean it out.
What is the Best Milk for Frothing?
Many people say non fat or skimmed milk provides the best foam for coffees. I use whatever milk I have. Full fat milk gives a dense foam. So if you want something lighter use a lighter milk.
Which Milk Frother Do I Use?
I bought my milk frother from a local store, Lidl. It’s very similar to this one below, you can check out the Miroco frother over on Amazon
I’m a bit of a coffee addict. I own quite a few different coffee machines, you can see which ones here. It was only after buying the different machines that I finally bought a frother. It was the best purchase I made. I really wouldn’t be without it.
Pod coffee machines are great, but pods are expensive and if you love lattes, what you probably like is the milky coffee and foam. This can be achieved without a pod machine or any expensive equipment. I prefer to make my latte’s with espresso, so I use my espresso machine to make my coffee, but I don’t use the attached milk steamer. It’s noisy and messy. I use my frother with a shot of espresso to make my lattes. This combination works really well for me.