How To: {frothy milk without a frother}

January 10, 2013

Do you like lattes?

I love a good latte, especially Chai Latte. It’s one of my favorite indulgences right now.

I usually brew my Chai tea, add some sweetener (usually Splenda) and pour a little milk.

But, I really, really love that foamy milk in a good coffee shop latte. But then, who doesn’t?

A while back I found a way to replicate that at home without the use of a frother or steamer attachment found on espresso machines. (I wish, I could remember where I saw it so I could link back properly and give credit where credit is due.)

And guess what? I’m going to share it with you because I love to share the love!

1) Brew your Chai tea like you normally would. I like to let mine steep for a good while to get it nice and strong.

2) While the tea is steeping, take an empty, clean jar of jam or jelly (or a big baby food jar) and fill a little less than half full with milk.


3) Close the jar tight and shake vigorously for about a minute. Then take of the lid and place the jar in the microwave. Heat for about 30 to 40 seconds. (Keep an eye on it as the foam will rise and might overflow if you heat it for too long.)



4) Remove the jar from the microwave. Be careful as it may be a little hot. Then pour the milk over your Chai tea. You may need to use a spoon to get all the foam out.


5) I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of the foam and than savor the foamy goodness of my Chai latte. (I didn’t think of the cinnamon until after I took my pictures.)


Et viola!!! There you have it. A nice, frothy milk latte without the need of a frother or expensive espresso machine!



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  • Beth Ann Chiles January 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Very good tutorial!!!! I love it!!! Will definitely be trying that one soon!

    • Susi January 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      That was fast! 🙂 I’m really happy with the way it comes out. And it’s so delicious. Let me know what you think.

  • Greta @gfunkified January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Awesome! Sometimes I try by just heating it in the microwave, but there’s very little foam. This is genius!

    • Susi January 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

      Greta, I do the same. But it’s just not the same as doing it this way. Hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think! 🙂

  • Megan (Best of Fates) January 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    That’s so clever – I never would have come up with it!

    • Susi January 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I don’t think, I would have either if I hadn’t seen the idea somewhere. It’s a really neat trick. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Janice January 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I have a small thing that froths warm milk for me…. got it forever ago and while in England last year, looked til I found a backup! Love it but have also used a whisk.

    • Susi January 10, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      I know they have these special little froth stirrers but I never think to get one and this works so well. 🙂

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  • Rorybore January 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    you’re a genius and I just fell a little bit (more) in love with you.
    and my chai tea thanks you too 🙂

    (yes, more of this! heehee)

    • Susi January 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      You are so sweet! My chai tea has been very happy as well!!! 🙂

  • Sandra January 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Excellent! Thanks for sharing! Now I will share it some more!

    • Susi January 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Sandra, share away. Thanks!!! 🙂

  • Megan Broutian January 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Hahaha, the old shaken-not-stirred method. Love it!

    • Susi January 13, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Thanks. 🙂

  • TBM January 14, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I discovered chai lattes a few years ago and have been addicted since! Love them

    • Susi January 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Same here! They are very addicting but also good for you.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. I’m going to do this because I absolutely LOVE chai tea!

    • Susi January 20, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      Liz, let me know what you think! I love chai too.