For well under £20 you can get yourself a milk frother that will not only make great foamy coffee but can do loads of other tasks in the kitchen. From scrambling eggs to whipping up a cocktail to making a salad dressing, your handy little milk frother will prove indispensable.
They are such versatile little devices. The milk frothers are powered by batteries (or some can be charged by USB), can be stored away in a drawer and cleaning them is so simple. Just hold the whisk head under a running tap and you’re done.
Milk frothers are the perfect size for so many different tasks for which you’d usually use a large kitchen whisk or blender. A frother is ideal for single servings or for mixing smaller quantities of ingredients.
For the sake of clarity, we’re talking about handheld milk frothers here. Not the large carafe style frothers that look like kettles. So, what else can you use your milk frother for? Here’s just ten uses you may not have thought of. There are probably dozens more.
Scrambled eggs and fluffy omelettes
If a milk frother was looking for an alternative career it would be as a breakfast chef. It’s brilliant for aerating your eggs and will whip up a wonderfully fluffy omelette. But that’s not all.
If you’re in a hurry your milk frother is the perfect tool for quickly scrambling your eggs. The frother has the power and is the perfect size for whisking the eggs and cream together for the perfect consistency. Who knew breakfast could be so much fun?
If you enjoy cocktails you’ll be well used to mixing and blending. You can use your milk frother to abandon the shaker and mix and stir ingredients directly in the glass or carafe. Even when your cocktail recipe requires fruit breaking down in a blender you can often use your frother to create a smooth mixture for your cocktail.
Homemade whipped cream
Your milk frother is the perfect tool for making small quantities of whipped cream at home. Getting that shop-bought texture is usually so difficult but your frother makes it easy.
Once you’ve got your chilled mixture of heavy whipping cream, sugar and flavouring (you can use vanilla, peppermint or whatever takes your fancy) use your frother to whisk the ingredients for a minute or so to make wonderful whipped cream.
If you fancy a frothy cappuccino or want to indulge in a little latte art or maybe fancy a flat white your milk frother is of course the ideal device. But don’t let your imagination stop at traditional Italian coffees. There are so many different and very exotic beverages you can try – thanks to your handy little milk frother. Take Japanese matcha for example.
Although matcha is a green tea it has an awful lot of caffeine in it. And if you combine matcha with whipping cream you get an extraordinary drink with a kick. It’s easy to make.
Pour milk, whipping cream and some sugar syrup into a cup along with your matcha powder. Whip out your milk frother and whisk until all the ingredients are nicely blended. Pour the whipped cream you prepared earlier on top of the mixture and enjoy.
Put the shake into your daily protein
No need to sprain your wrist shaking your protein bottle in a vain attempt to actually get all the powder and milk to blend together. Just use your milk frother. It’s the perfect size to fit inside your bottle and will mix your shake perfectly. It adds no time at all to your routine and you can clean the frother in seconds by just popping it under a running tap. Job done.
Luxurious hot chocolate
There are so many ways to make hot chocolate. You can use instant powder or an appliance like the Velvetiser. But as you’ve got your milk frother why not indulge in a little luxury? There are loads of recipes out there and you’ll need your handy milk frother for them all. But, if you’re eager to get started and need a chocolate fix try this one.
You’ll need 50ml double cream, 150ml whole milk, 50g finely chopped milk chocolate and 25g finely chopped dark chocolate. Or you can use 75g of a single type of chocolate or even substitute white chocolate. Whatever takes your fancy.
Put the double cream into a bowl and use your milk frother to whip it until it forms into shape. Now pour the milk into a saucepan and gently heat. Add the chocolate and stir (you may need to give it a helping hand with your frother but be careful not to splash the hot liquid). Once all the chocolate has melted pour into mugs and top it off with the double cream you whipped earlier.
And that’s it. Choccy heaven thanks to your milk frother.
Whip up a souffle
Your milk frother is such a handy tool to have in the kitchen drawer. It can be used for so many different things. Fancy yourself as a MasterChef contestant? Why not use your frother to help you whip up a souffle?
Now, souffles are notoriously difficult to get right. Making sure the egg whites, cream flour and corn flour is mixed just right can be so tricky. But your trusty frother will make sure the whisking is done perfectly.
When it comes to puds there’s probably no one better than Mary Berry to tell you how to make the best souffle. So, grab your frother and click the link for her recipe. But don’t forget to come back.
Keeping the kids occupied
Kids love to get involved in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to making cakes, buns and sweet treats. The trouble is they also want to use mum and dad’s kitchen appliances like big bad blenders and electric whisks. Which isn’t always the best idea when we want to keep them safe.
But your milk frother is the perfect size for little hands and, under supervision of course, they won’t be able to do too much damage. The small whisk head is perfect for small batches of ingredients too. They can have their own bowl and whisk cake batter until their heart’s content with your milk frother.
And, as a bonus, they won’t even mind cleaning up afterwards as they only have to hold the frother under the tap for a few seconds. Mind you, getting them to wash up the mixing bowls and cake tins will be an altogether more difficult job.
Move over Captain Birdseye
Who doesn’t love battered fish or chicken? Well, now there’s no need to nip out to the chippy or KFC you can easily make your own batter at home. With the help of your milk frother of course.
All you need is:
- Plain flour (1 cup),
- Baking powder (1 teaspoon)
- Salt (1/2 teaspoon)
- Milk (1/2 cup)
- Water (1/2 cup)
Put the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Give it a quick stir round with a wooden spoon. Now add the milk and water and whip out your milk frother. Whisk the mixture until it has a smooth consistency and will coat the back of a spoon. It’ll only take your frother a minute or two to make the perfect batter. Now just dip in your fish, chicken or Mars Bar if you’re feeling adventurous and deep fry until golden brown. Lovely.
Fancy a dip?
As we’ve seen your milk frother comes into its own when it’s used to mix small batches of ingredients or to make single servings. It’s ideal for those jobs when getting out the electric blender or large whisk is more trouble than it’s worth. Use your frother to mix oils, salad dressings, aioli’s – the list is endless. Any task which requires gentle mixing or whisking can be done by your milk frother.
As you can see there are so many things you can use your milk frother for aside from making a lovely foamy coffee. However, a word of caution.
When you do use your frother for anything don’t switch it on and off unless the head of the whisk is in the liquid or food stuff you’re mixing. Otherwise, your kitchen walls will get redecorated. You can read more tips on how to use your milk frother here.
Looking for a new milk frother?
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