5 Incredibly Easy Ways to Froth Milk Without a Frother

Are you looking for ways to froth milk at home when you don’t have a milk frother? If you are an outdoors person who loves milk coffee, you do not have to pack a milk frother every time you go camping or hiking.

A 2019 survey found that on average, 29 percent of the coffee consumers in America drink two cups of coffee at home per week. The number has increased over the years as more people avoid frequenting cafes and social places.

Adding frothed milk to homemade coffee brings the cafe experience to your home.

Milk frothers are handy and easy to use but not having a milk frother should not stop you from making lattes. This post discusses how to froth milk without a frother and with no previous experience.

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Frothed milk

1. Shake the Milk to Make Foam

Shaking your milk or creamer in a closed container is the cheapest and easiest way to froth milk at home without a frother or special equipment. You can use a water bottle, a mason jar, or any container with a tight lid.

Materials: Milk, a cup, and a container with a tight-fitting lid.

An insulated flask or mug is the best choice when shaking hot milk to froth it as it protects your hands from burning. Alternatively, shake chilled milk and heat it up after frothing.


  1. Find a container that has a tight-fitting lid such as a flask, mason jar, water bottle, or even an empty milk bottle
  2. Warm enough milk in a microwave or on a stove and avoid overheating or boiling the milk
  3. Add the milk into the container below the halfway line and cover tightly with the cap
  4. Shake the container in an up and down motion for 45-60 seconds or until enough froth has formed
  5. Pour the frothed milk into a cup

2. Froth the Milk with a Hand Whisk

frothing milk without a frother
  1. Warm the desired amount of milk to a medium temperature
  2. Add the milk into a wide bowl so that the milk is below the halfway line
  3. Whisk the milk by moving the hand whisk back and forth or in a circular motion. Avoid spilling the milk as increases in volume as it foams
  4. Pour the foamed milk into a cup and add coffee or the desired beverage

Alternatively, pour the milk into a deep saucepan. Place the saucepan on a stove on medium heat. Wait a few seconds and start whisking the milk as it warms.

Take caution not to overheat the frothed mild. Pour the frothed milk into a cup.

3. Use a Jug Blender to Froth Milk

  1. Heat up the milk
  2. Add the warm milk into a blending jar and fit the lid tightly
  3. Lock the blender jar into the holder
  4. Plug the power cord in and turn the blender on to a low or medium speed
  5. Blend for 15 seconds and switch the blender off
  6. Add the frothed milk into a cup

Find out whether you can froth coffee creamer in our separate article.

4. Froth Milk by Pressing it

Did you know that a French press not only makes delicious coffee but can also make dense velvety foam when you don’t have a frother? Pump frothers use the same principle as a french press to froth milk

Simple steps when frothing milk with a French press
  • Remove the lid with the plunger from the chamber
  • Add cold or warm milk into the chamber to a level below the halfway line
  • Fit the lid with the plunger still pulled
  • Press the plunger gently to release air that is trapped in the chamber
  • Continue pumping until enough foam has formed
  • Add the foamed milk into a mug. If you frothed cold cold milk, warm the foam on a stove or in the microwave

5. Use a Hand/Immersion Blender to Foam Milk

  1. Add cold or warm milk to a deep bowl or pitcher
  2. Plug the hand blender into the source of power
  3. Immerse the blades of the blender to just below the surface of the milk
  4. Switch the blender on
  5. Move the blender gently in a back and forth or up and down motion to add enough air to the milk
  6. Continue frothing until the foam is sufficient
  7. Turn the blender off and dip the blades in freshwater to prevent staining
  8. Pour the frothed milk into a cup
how to froth milk at home without a frother

Although you can foam milk without a milk frother, the foam that you make can not compare to the quality of foam that milk frothers make, especially jug frothers and milk steamers. Therefore, if you aim to elevate the quality of your homemade coffee drinks, we recommend adding steaming or frothing equipment to your appliances.

This guide that distinguishes milk steamers from milk frothers will help you to make the decision on whether you need a frother or a steamer and the type that suits you best.

Final Thoughts

Frothing milk when you don’t have a milk frother can be as simple as whisking it with a hand whisk, shaking the milk in a tightly closed mason jar, or using a mixer. You can also use a blender or press it in a French press until you have made sufficient foam.

However, for perfectly frothed milk that will level up your coffee drinks, you may want to acquire a dedicated milk frother or steamer.

For milk coffee lovers who are campers and hikers, you can use a simple water bottle or a French press that you use to brew coffee when you are out there.

Campers may want to see how to brew delicious camping coffee with no fire.

FAQs about How to Froth Milk Without a Milk Frother

Can You Froth Cold Milk?

Yes, cold milk is perfect for frothing as it is easier to add air to cold milk than warm milk. Froth the cold milk and heat it up after frothing for a delicious cup of latte.


Patrick is first a coffee lover and then a trained barista. His bucket list includes sky diving and sipping on Java in the Himalayas.

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