Most people buy a milk frothing wand for an inexpensive way to make fancy coffeehouse drinks at home. $6.00 for a coffee? PULEEESE!
These gadgets are not hard to use if you know a few tricks. This article covers the basics you will need to know how to use a milk frother wand for latte, cappuccino and the silkiest hot cocoa you can imagine.
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How to Use a Milk Frother Wand for Foaming Milk
Cow’s milk is by far the most popular liquid that is used for our favorite coffeehouse drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos. Low-Fat and skim milk are the best choices for frothing applications because they have the right balance of proteins and fat to make the perfect foam.
Some folks have an intolerance to dairy products from cows because they contain a sugar called lactose. This particular sugar requires a special enzyme to break down, and many folks just do not have it in their gut. For these folks, non-dairy alternatives such as soy or almond milk a better choice for café specialties. The process of frothing these products is the same as that with cow’s milk.
The ideal temperature for milk that you want to froth is 95° F. You can get fancy and use a food thermometer, or just make use of the fact that your body temperature is right around this target. This means if you touch your milk and it feels cold, then it is below ideal. You want it to feel warm, but not hot to the touch. There is no need to get too technical here. (Sorry baristas!)
The ideal temperature will make the milk hold the bubbles introduced by the milk frother for a longer time. This maximizes the creamy texture that it will add to your specialty drinks. However, if you want to make frothed milk for a cold drink such as an iced latte, it is still perfectly okay to froth your milk while cold so that it will work best with icy drinks.
Once you have your milk at the desired temperature, it is a simple matter of submerging the tip of your handheld frother wand below the surface and frothing until the density of the foam is to your liking.
If you have a handheld frother, you can also use it to whip cream in a snap, with very little clean up. Just sweeten your whipping cream to the desired amount (I use a Tbsp of sugar per ½ cup whipping cream). You can also easily substitute the equivalent sweetening power of a sugar-free sweetener to make this dessert topper.
The method is the same, although you do not need to heat your cream. In fact, the colder, the better. (Some folks even put their bowl in the freezer for a quick cool down before making whipped cream.) Add your sweetener and use your frother just like the mini magic electric whisk that it is!
My only warning? Keep an eye on how your peaks are developing. A frothing wand will work MUCH faster than a hand mixer, so if you are used to using that, you could over whip in a heartbeat, breaking your lovely soft peaks of creamy goodness!
Bonus tip: Try adding a pinch of cinnamon, orange zest, ground cardamom or nutmeg to create a tasty flavor bump in your whipped cream.
Do you love a nice vinaigrette but dread the inevitable separation that happens between the oil and the liquids in your favorite recipe? Your frother wand to the rescue again!
A few quick tips:
- Go for a container with depth over width, such as a mason jar. (Bonus: Throw on the lid and put it in the fridge for tomorrow!)
- Start with your acid and herbs or spices in the jar, turn on the frother, drizzle in the oil as you froth for best results.
- Adding a touch of Dijon mustard or mayo can also help your vinaigrette stay emulsified even longer.
- Try using fresh herbs and citrus fruit juices for some salad dressings that will have your friends raving at your next brunch!
Hopefully, this article about how to use a milk frother wand has been helpful. If you have some other tips for my readers, please leave a comment below and start up a conversation!