Hint: It involves a mason jar.

By Zoe Denenberg
April 14, 2020
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Frothed milk instantly elevates any cup of coffee into an indulgent latte. In my recent exploration of home-brewed coffee hacks, making your own frothed milk emerged as one of the best ways to upgrade your morning brew.

Warm, frothy milk will help you achieve the delicate tower of foam that tops your favorite specialty beverages. Who needs to shell out $5 for a latte or a cappuccino when you can recreate one at home? After all, frothing milk is quite simple (the only ingredient required is the milk itself). The tricky bit has to do with the equipment.

If you’re lucky to have a milk frother on hand, the process is relatively self-explanatory. But if you don’t have an espresso machine or a handheld frother at home, you may find yourself at a loss as to how to froth your milk. Luckily, The Pioneer Woman has taught us a trick that’ll help you recreate a foamy latte at home in no time. All you’ll need is warmed milk and a mason jar.

How to Froth Milk with a Mason Jar

  1. Warm your milk. Heat your milk on the stovetop until it’s warm, but not scorching (between 120 and 150°F). When frothing, you’ll always want start off with warm milk; this will help replicate the steamed milk you’d find at a coffeeshop.
  2. Pour the warm milk into a mason jar. If the milk is very hot, you may want to wrap the jar in a dishtowel so as not to burn yourself.
  3. Screw the lid on and get shaking. Shake the jar for 30-60 seconds until large bubbles form in the milk. The bubbles won’t be as fine and frothy as the ones you’d get from a steam wand, but it’ll taste just as good.
  4. Pour over coffee or espresso and enjoy.

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For an extra-creamy drink, use half milk and half cream. Once you master this mason jar frothing technique, you’ll be skipping the coffeeshops altogether. Next up: a hack that’ll make your coffee grounds taste like a pumpkin spice latte.