Monday, November 9, 2009

How to Make Milk Foam (Without a Frother or a Machine!)

Just read about this over at The Kitchn, and I'm gonna try it tomorrow morning! Though I'll go more lowbrow than a mason jar and use a trusty Magic Bullet cup.

1. Find a jar with a lid and fill it with as much milk as you normally like in your coffee (or other hot beverage!). The milk should fill the jar no more than half way to allow room for the foam.

2. Shake the jar with the lid on
as hard as you can until the milk has become frothy and doubled in size. This takes us about 30 seconds.

3. Take the lid off and microwave
for another 30 seconds. The foam will rise to the top of the milk and the heat from the microwave will help stabilize it.

4. Pour the milk into your coffee
using a spoon to hold back the foam. Then scoop the foam on top!

We first heard about this technique in Harold McGee's book On Food and Cooking, but didn't believe it would work until we tried it. Now we're hooked and make a little warm milk and foam every morning while our coffee is brewing. We usually use 2% milk, but cream and half-and-half make even better foam!

Recipe and photo from The Kitchn.


  1. Oh My Goodness. I am freaking obsessed with my trusty magic bullet. So glad there are other cool people bullet fans.

  2. Thanks a ton it was a great help, now to make milk foam (without a frother or a machine!) is definitely simple utilizing your recommendation. Thanks