Learn how to foam milk for your coffee and be your own barista
I love my Starbucks, but sometimes shelling out money for coffee every day starts to pain my wallet.
Luckily there's hope for getting coffee shop-quality lattes and cappuccinos at home. The secret? Perfectly foamed milk. Try any of these methods to make a frothy topping for your next cup of joe, and your wallet and your taste buds will be happy you did.
1. Use a jar
If you have a microwave, this method couldn't be easier. Use 2 percent or nonfat milk, which are higher in protein than whole and create a more stable foam. Add the amount of milk you want in your coffee to a microwave-safe jar, shake it until foamy, then microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. The heat will stabilize the foam, which you can then spoon on top of your beverage.
2. Handheld frother
A handheld frother, which is basically a mini electronic whisk, is a cost-effective and easy way to make foam for your coffee. This popular option is less than $7 and will whip up foam for your beverage in less than 30 seconds.
3. Automatic milk frother
If you're making coffee for a crowd, an automatic milk frother may be the answer. It's slightly more expensive, but all you have to do is press a button, and you'll have enough foam for a few beverages in minutes.
4. French press
If you have a French press, making foam for your coffee is pretty easy. All you have to do is add warmed milk to your French press, then plunge the depressor up and down until you have the quantity of foam you desire.
5. Tea ball infuser with handle
A handheld tea ball infuser makes quick work of foamed milk — all you do is whisk vigorously. The tiny holes in the strainer add air to the milk quickly without breaking up the foam.
6. Use a whisk
It won't result in as thick a foam, but you can use a traditional whisk to make froth for your beverages. Just heat your milk, then whisk it briskly in a horizontal motion until you have enough foam for your drink.