Learning how to make steamed milk at home both with and without a steam wand using a variety of methods and techniques sets you up perfectly for great coffee while on that trip on the great outdoors.
You’ll always be the guy or gal with the perfect coffee at the campsite with milk froth and amazing latte, flat white, latte macchiato or whatever coffee you want to make.
Keep reading for some of the cool equipment-free ways of making steamed milk at home (or on the campsite).
How To Make Steamed Milk At Home – And Overview
Making steamed milk is easy and there is nothing difficult about it. Practice, practice and practice more until you get it perfect. Once you get experienced and know what to look for, you won’t need to monitor the temperature with a color-changing temperature tag. You’ll be able to make it perfectly by sight and by feeling.
Strictly speaking, only a steam wand will make steamed milk. All other methods are frothed milk.
Using a frothing wand, blender, mason jar and hand pump milk frother create frothed milk but not steamed milk as it lacks the same silky rich texture.
Read: What is steamed milk?
How To Steam Milk With A Steamer
Making high quality steam milk is easy. If you are making it for the first time, use whole fat milk.
Pour fresh cold milk into milk jug. Put your milk jug or milk pitcher under your steam wand and insert the tip to just below the surface of the milk. About half an inch below is fine. Keep the steam wand to the side of your milk jug and hold it at an angle.
Start to steam your milk.
You should start to see a whirlpool forming with your milk. Gently move your milk jug up and down to force more air into your milk and to break up the larger bubbles. Pay attention to your bubbles. They should get smaller and smaller.
When you milk has increased in volume and reached 140F (60C) you have almost reached the perfect temperature. Remove the steam wand from your milk and stop steaming.
Quickly wipe and purge your wand.
Bang your milk jug against the counter top to free trapped air bubbles.
Your milk should still rise a little in temperature to 70C (158F), which is the perfect temperature for pouring. Swirl your jug to shine your milk. When it looks like wet paint. It is perfect for pouring and for creating latte art.
That is all there is to it!
How To Make Steamed Milk With A Frother
A frother, a handheld electric milk frother is just as easy to use to froth your milk. Still, strictly speaking, is not steamed milk. You can still use it for your coffee drinks.
Start by pouring your dairy milk or non dairy milk into a saucepan and heating it on your stovetop at a low to medium heat. Once you start to see steam rising, your milk is hot enough.
The key is not to let your milk get too hot and not to boil If you boil your milk, you spoil your milk.
Once ready, pour your milk into a tall glass. Insert your milk frothing wand to the bottom of the glass and froth from bottom to top slowly and evenly until you have frothy milk. When your milk is frothy and of a consistency that you desire. Pour it into your milk.
When pouring, hold back the milk froth with a tablespoon and then scoop your milk froth onto your coffee with a spoon.
How To Steam Milk At Home Without A Steamer Or Frother
Steaming or more accurately, frothing your milk with a milk steamer or milk frother sounds tricky, difficult. The reality is that it is just as easy without any special equipment.
Making Steam Milk With Your French Press
Heat your milk, any milk is good, to be it coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, oat milk or regular cows milk. Heat it at a low-medium heat on your stovetop.
Once your milk is starting to steam, when you see vapor coming from your milk, your milk will be at 60C (140F). It is time to transfer your milk to your French press. Fill to no more than a third full.
You must allow plenty of space for your milk to expand.
Close your French press and pump your plunger up and down for approximately one minute. During this time, you should start to feel a resistance as the milk expands. Once your milk doubles in volume, it is ready to be poured into your awaiting cup of coffee.
Use a tablespoon to hold back the milk froth and then scoop your froth onto your coffee.
Making Steam Milk With Your Blender
A blender is a great tool for making steamed milk, or more accurately frothy milk. Both a handheld blender or a countertop blender will work equally the same. Use whichever you feel more convenient with.
Start by heating your milk at a low to medium heat. Once you see your milk starting to simmer it is at the perfect heat. Transfer your hot milk into your table-top blender and blend at a high speed for 30 seconds. Pour into a your coffee drink while taking care not to pour the foam into your coffee. Scoop the milk foam into your coffee.
With a hand-held blender, pour your hot milk into a tall container and insert your blender. Blend at a high speed for 30 seconds until your milk is frothy. Pour your milk into your coffee while holding back the froth. Then scoop the milk froth onto your coffee.
Read: Steamed milk
How To Make Steamed Milk With A Balloon Whisk
Everyone has a balloon whisk somewhere in their kitchen! OF course this method can get messy and is not exactly the best method. An electric whisk can be used with a similar method.
Start by heating your milk to 60C, (140F) the point when it starts to simmer. Always heat your milk gently as you don’t want to destroy the milk fats, proteins or burn the milk sugars.
Transfer your heated milk to a large wide bowl and whisk with vigor and energy for 1 or two minutes until it is froth and of the consistency that you desire.
Add it to your cup of coffee when you are ready.
Making Your Steamed Milk With A Mason Jar Or Cocktail Shaker
This is every bit as easy as any of the techniques mentioned above. If not easier. It can also be the most fun too.
Heat your milk using the same methods as you would with the other techniques using a low heat. When your milk is ready, transfer it to your mason jar or cocktail shaker. Fill to no more than 1/3rd full to allow for plenty of room for your milk to expand.
Shake your mason jar or cocktail shaker with vigor and energy for 45 seconds to a minute. Then pour your frothy milk while holding back the froth with a spoon. Then scoop your milk froth onto your coffee beverage.
Frequently Asked Questions About How To Make Steamed Milk At Home
How Long Should You Steam Milk For?
The amount of time it takes you to steam milk varies depending on the type of milk, the fat content and the initial temperature it was to start with. On average, it should take is between 10 seconds to a minute from start to pouring your milk.
Should Milk Be Cold Before Steaming?
Fresh cold milk steams better and makes a much better quality of steamed milk. It’s not an absolute necessity, but notably cold milk and cold equipment that you are using (cold milk jug) will create a notably better quality of steamed milk and frothed milk. This is a rule that stands true regardless of the equipment that you are using and the type of milk that you are steaming or frothing.
Do I Need A Milk Frother Or Steamer?
To make steamed or frothed milk, a steam wand or milk frother will make your life a lot easier and provide a better quality of steamed milk. A steam wand is required for steamed milk as there is no other way of replicating the type of steam that you get at a coffee shop.
A steamer like an Aeroccino is good, and very convenient but is nowhere near what you’d get with a steaming wand. A milk frother is not an absolute requirement but are cheap and easy to use. A French press can emulate a hand pump milk frother, as a blender can get you frothed milk as can a cold mason jar and shaking it strongly for about a minute.
What Can I Use If I Don’t Have A Frother?
You have a lot of options in regard to what you can use to froth milk. An immersion blender, counter top blender, mason jar and a French press are popular and common choices. A handheld can also be used.
What Type Of Milk Is Best For Frothing?
By far whole fat milk is best for frothing. The high fat content helps to create the protective layer around the bubbles when you make the microfoam.
Sure, you can use low fat and non-fat milk, but the quality is just not as good.
For non-dairy milks and alternative milk the specialty brand Barista is best as they add fat to their milk by using an oat milk base for some of their milks and gellan for others. Other plant-based milks and nut-based milk will curdle much easier when steaming and have difficulty frothing.
Why Does Steamed Milk Taste Better?
When you steam your milk, the heat breaks down the milk sugars, which helps to make a sweeter taste and thus many people note that steamed milk tastes better.
Also, the stretching and expansion of the milk creates a silky smooth texture that coats your tongue and thus a better experience.
Final Thoughts – How To Make Steamed Milk At Home
Learning how to make steamed milk at home with and without a steaming wand comes in handy for that inconvenient moment that you have a malfunction with your steam wand and have to start looking for alternative ways for getting the job done.
As I mentioned in the introduction, many of these methods can be used on your weekend away at the campsite or the hotel.
Join our cool coffee community and share you great latte art creations and coffee recipes. Find us on Facebook/Meta.