Some recipes recommend using scalded milk, which requires heating milk to about 185 F. Because this temperature is just slightly lower than the boiling point, you may inadvertently overheat the milk in the scalding process. Prevent accidental burning by scalding milk in the microwave instead. By heating the milk in the microwave instead of on the stove top, you can eliminate the horrible taste and smell of burnt milk.

Things You'll Need

Measure 1 cup of milk in the measuring cup and place it into the microwave.

Set the microwave to two minutes and start cooking the milk on high. Stop the microwave after one minute and stir the milk with the spoon.

Start the microwave again and cook the milk for the remaining minute.

Check the temperature of the milk after the two minutes elapses by inserting the thermometer probe into the milk. If the temperature registers 185 F, the milk is finished. Cook the milk for an additional 30 seconds or until the temperature reaches 185 F, if necessary.


  • These cooking recommendations are for a 700-watt microwave oven. If your microwave has a smaller wattage, you may need to increase the cooking time slightly to heat the milk to 185 F.