As we all know frothing milk is the process of aerating milk. Or a more user friendly way of putting it – making foamy bubbles to create froth or adding bubbles to milk to make a froth. The foamed milk is used in frothy coffees such as macchiatos, lattes, and cappuccinos among other hot drinks like chocolate. The easiest way to do this is with a milk frother. Which is all fine and dandy so why do you need a milk frothing jug?
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Our recommended milk frothing jug – WXJ13 milk jug.
What is a milk frothing jug and how can I use it?
It’s basically a jug in which you pour steamed and frothed milk. Simple as that really.
Also known as a milk pitcher jug the larger ones can be used with a handheld frother or as a receptacle for the foam made in your manual milk frother.
Why you need a milk frothing jug
Milk frothing jugs are most commonly used with coffee machines which have a built-in steamer and / or frother. They can also of course be used with electric milk frothers – we talk about these appliances in this article.
You can also use the jug to measure and serve cream, smoothies, or anything which takes your fancy. They’re very handy things to have around the kitchen.
How to choose your milk frothing jug
Things to consider when you choose a frothing jug
Milk frothing jugs are available in different types, shapes, and sizes. Some have thermometers and come bundled with accessories. All are very reasonably priced. Some of the factors to consider include size, materials used, handle and spout among other things.
Size of the jug
When selecting the size of the milk pitcher jug, it is crucial to consider the amount of milk required to prepare your coffee. Most jugs hold between 300 to 600ml. Nevertheless, there are still larger and smaller jugs and you can select one that suits your needs best. Or rather your coffee machine if you have one.
If the jug is too large you won’t be able to get it under the frother wand. Too small and it won’t hold enough milk. The same considerations apply if you’re using a handheld milk frother. The jug needs to be large enough to hold the increased volume of milk when it’s frothed.
But also think how much coffee you drink and the amount of milk you use. For single servings you only need a small 300ml or less jug. If you’re making a brew for your partner, family and friends you’ll need a 600ml milk frothing jug at least.
What’s it made of?
You don’t get much choice here. It’s either stainless steel or nothing. You could use a glass measuring jug but if you’re after a pukka milk frothing jug it’s stainless steel all the way. And there’s very good reasons for that.
Unlike other materials, stainless steel is capable of capturing and blocking most heat that the steam generates. It also promotes air absorption. A stainless steel jug is also able to maintain a constant temperature during the frothing process because it heats as your milk heats.
Apart from keeping the heat constant, the other reason to choose stainless steel and no other metal is because stainless steel jugs resist heat better. They can be cleaned with ease and they also do not ruin the taste of the milk.
Finally, stainless steel jugs just look great. They will fit in really well with whatever decor you have in your kitchen.
It’s all in the spout
Milk frothing jugs come in different sizes and designs but, unsurprisingly, they all have spouts. A spout helps to pour the milk to create coffee art. The shape of the spout can play a part in the art you produce. Or at least attempt to produce.
You can choose a jug that has a curved spout if your aim is to work on the evenness of the round pour. For a complex pour, you can go for a jug whose spout is thinner and sharper.
Generally, go for a jug that has got a spout that can give you your desired pour and one that you can easily work with.
Of course, if you couldn’t care less about coffee art and just want a lovely frothy coffee it really doesn’t matter what kind of spout your milk pitcher has.
Can you handle it?
Most frothing jugs will have a classic round handle. The stainless steel is heat resistant so there’s no worries about burnt pinkies. However, there are some jugs which have a straight handle. I guess it comes down to personal preference but I don’t like a straight handle. You may be fine with them. Or even prefer a straight handle. You pay your money and you take your choice.
Thermometers are a really handy addition to any milk frothing jug. As you probably know one of the key things to getting great froth for your coffee and hot chocolate is to not boil the milk. The ideal temperature is around 60 degrees. Any hotter and it will be very difficult if not impossible to create the froth you need. Which is why a thermometer is such a handy gadget to have.
They’re very easy to use. Just clip the thermometer to the jug or use by hand and read off the temperature. You can see this process in the video below.
You can of course buy these thermometers separately but finding one bundled in with your milk frothing jug is a nice touch. And it adds more value to your purchase.
With one or two jugs you may also receive some accessories. It’s not a game changer when it comes to pulling the trigger on a purchase but, hey, little bonus extras are always welcome. Bundled accessories may include latte art pens, spoons or froth scrapers.
Can I use a dishwasher to clean my milk frothing jug?
If not cleaned on time, milk can be one of the most difficult and hard-to-clean substances. It tends to form milk stones and build up residue on any surface. Washing is even made worse by the fact that with the best will in the world you will overheat the milk occasionally.
Cleaning the milk frothing jug should therefore be done often. The majority of frothing jugs come with simple cleaning options. You can use a dishwasher. But some argue that these jugs may get damaged if washed in a dishwasher. Some people also claim that a dishwasher can scrub off any patterns or etching from the jug leading to discoloration.
The decision is yours; you can choose to hand wash or use a dishwasher. I have to say though that most milk frother jugs can be washed using a dishwasher effortlessly and safely.
Milk frothing jug reviews – at a glance
Full reviews below the table
WXJ13 milk jug
Not only do you get your jug but it also comes complete with its own thermometer which means you’ll always have perfected warmed milk for your cappuccino.
Along with your jug you’ll also receive a latte art pen and a powder shaker. For coffee artists this is the ultimate milk jug. And it’s great value for money considering all the extras you get with it.
The jug is made from stainless steel and has a measuring scale inside. The 600ml capacity makes it one of the larger jugs so it’s ideal if you drink plenty of coffee and use plenty of milk.
The jug has a nice easy grip handle which is quite thick. The whole jug is nicely designed and very robust.
Anpro Milk Jug
The jug is perfect for using with steamed milk so is ideal for all types of Italian coffee. The easy pour spout will allow you to make perfect drinks every time.
A word of warning. Don’t put this jug, or any milk frothing jug for that matter, on the hob to heat milk. Heat or steam your milk and then pour into the jug.
You can of course use the jug with the steamer on your barista coffee machine.
If you’re into coffee art this jug is perfect for you. Not that I’m any good at it but hold it at 20 degrees to the cup for the best chance of creating cool latte art. This jug can also be purchased in 350 and 400ml sizes.
The jug comes complete with its own thermometer to help you get the temperature just right for all your frothy coffees. The jug doesn’t have a marked scale inside though it does have a ‘frothing zone.’
It has a precision pouring spout which is anti-drip so if you’re a budding coffee artist this is the jug for you. The easy to hold handle (which of course is heat resistant) will also help you create that wonderful piece of art on top of your morning coffee.
The 600ml capacity is sufficient for two cups of frothy cappuccino.
A nice touch with this set is that it comes very nicely packaged. It’ll make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life. And with a two year guarantee you get extra peace of mind too.
Dianoo frothing pitcher jug
We would like to introduce you to the Dianoo stainless steel milk frothing pitcher. The good quality of this product comes from its materials: Grade 304 stainless steel which is almost 1mm thick. It’s incredibly robust.
This is a practical product which can be used for frothing milk for lattes, chocolate and coffee. It is convenient as it can be easily attached to coffee machines with their own built-in milk frothers.
Not only does it look great because of its nice design but also this colour makes it attractive -which should make it appeal to the arty coffee makers among us.
It’s easy to clean, dishwasher safe and includes an easy pour spout that will allow you to make your perfect drinks every time.
Andronica Latte Pro
It’s branded as a professional milk frothing jug. And it certainly looks the part.
And it is revolutionary. The uniqueness of the jug is its thermometer. It’s an integrated liquid crystal display – so no messing about with a stick or clip on thermometer.
If you like your kitchen gadgets you’ll love the Andronica Latte Pro.
However, reviewers have pointed out the thermometer isn’t that reliable and the jug is overpriced. One thing you can’t do is put this jug in the dishwasher.
Doing so will foul the thermometer – you must clean the jug by hand.
It is a more expensive option and probably not an investment you need to make. There again if you like cool looking gadgets it could be for you.
Dailyart small milk jug
Great for the kitchen and its small size means it can be used with any coffee machine with a steamer.
Not for use on a hob and please don’t put this jug in the microwave.
If you’re using warm milk heat it first in a saucepan before decanting into the Dailyart jug.
It has a heat resistant handle and a dripless spout. It’s a wonderful accessory for the kitchen, very reasonably priced and a best-seller on Amazon.
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