It's a question that has confounded non-dairy-milk-drinking coffee-lovers for millennia: Will it froth?
The truth is, most non-dairy milks simply don't have the same protein content as dairy milk, and it's these proteins that are key to creating that all-important foamy texture.
That doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to a sad, flat cup of coffee, though.
It just means that if you're looking to froth your non-dairy milk of choice for a cappuccino or latte, you'll need to put in a bit of extra effort. Luckily, there are a few simple tricks you can use to get the job done and help your non-dairy milk froth up nicely.
Can You Froth Almond Milk?
Will it froth? Yes!
Almond milk is one of the easier non-dairy milks to froth, thanks to its relatively high protein content. It also has a fairly neutral flavor, so it won't overpower your coffee.
To froth almond milk, start by heating it in a saucepan over medium heat until it's nice and hot. Then, transfer it to a frothing pitcher and use a handheld frother or immersion blender to whip it up until it's foamy.
You might need to heat almond milk slightly higher than regular dairy milk in order for it to froth, but still, you don't want almond milk to boil. Aim for about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
What About Frothing Soy Milk?
Will it froth? Soy positivo.
Soy milk is another dairy-free option that froths relatively easily. However, it does have a bit of a distinctive flavor that some coffee-drinkers find off-putting.
If you don't mind the taste of soy, though, you'll be pleased to know that soy milk froths just as well as almond milk. Follow the same instructions as above.
Can You Froth Oat Milk?
Will it froth? T-oats!
Oat milk is one of the newer non-dairy milk options on the market, and it's quickly become a favorite among baristas and coffee-lovers alike.
That's because oat milk has a creamy, rich texture that's similar to dairy milk—and as far as non-dairy milks go, that makes it one of the more ideal ones for frothing. Follow the same instructions as almond milk.
Can-shew Froth Cashew Milk?
Will it froth? Yes, but...
As far as non-dairy milks go, cashew milk is on the thinner side. That can make it a bit more difficult to froth, but it's not impossible.
The key is to heat the cashew milk slowly and carefully so that you don't curdle it. Once it's hot, transfer it to a frothing pitcher and use an immersion blender or handheld frother to whip it up into a foamy frenzy.
If your cashew milk just isn't cooperating, you may want to try one of the other options above.
Well, there you go. Pretty much everything you need to know about frothing non-dairy milk for your coffee.
Remember, the key is to heat the milk slowly and carefully, and to use an immersion blender or handheld frother. With a little bit of effort, you'll be enjoying delicious, foamy lattes with your favorite non-dairy milk in no time.
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