How to Froth Milk Without a Frother

By LeafTV Editor

You can make light and fluffy frothed milk at home with a few common kitchen items. Use low-fat or nonfat milk for frothing -- 2 percent or less produces the most satisfying results. Although you can use a couple of these methods for cold frothed milk, heated milk retains the foam longer.

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How To Froth Milk Without A Frother

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Quickly froth enough milk for up to six drinks, depending on the amount of milk per drink and the size of your French press.

  • Pour milk into a clean French press and pump the filter up and down several times until the milk turns thick, foamy, and frothed. The froth should have a smooth and even consistency with no large bubbles.
  • For hot drinks, gently heat the milk in the microwave on high for 30 seconds after you froth it or over medium-low heat on the stove before frothing.


The volume of the milk increases significantly when you froth it, so start by filling only one-fourth of the French press.

You will find that about an ounce of milk at the bottom won't get frothed, since the filter does not reach to the bottom of the press. Hold the foam back with a spoon and pour the milk out first to avoid collapsing the foam.

Although you can achieve thick and foamy milk this way, the froth is more bubbly and less delicate compared to the other methods. The slight sacrifice in texture may be worth it if you're making a large number of drinks, since you can use any size of cup with the immersion blender.

Start by heating the milk in a microwave or on the stove as described in the French press method.

Pour the milk into the cup for your immersion blender and blend it at the top speed. Move the blender up and down from the bottom to the top, spending extra time near the top of the milk to create foam. Watch for the finished product to have very small and evenly sized bubbles throughout.

You need a microwave to quickly heat the milk for this method, as the stove is too slow and the froth might collapse. This is the way to go if you have a microwave and only need one or two servings of frothed milk.

Fill a glass mason jar no more than halfway with milk and secure the lid tightly.

Vigorously shake the jar until the milk expands and foam forms. The consistency should be smooth and velvety with no visible bubbles.

Remove the lid, and microwave the milk in the jar on high for 30 seconds. Continue to heat the milk on high for 15 seconds at a time if it is not hot enough after 30 seconds.