As someone who jealously protects the counterspace in an economically-sized kitchen (that’s code for small and cramped), I’m often loathe to add new gadgets and accessories. If I do, they have be either super skinny or super useful.
Recently, I’ve been testing Keurig newest Milk Frother to see if it makes the cut.
It’s got some darn good features — the non-stick pot is easy to clean (although it’s always best to clean it right after using) and a small spout fashioned into the rim makes it easy to pour from. There are two settings, one for warming and frothing, and the other for frothing milk for cold drinks. For those who use coffee pods, it’s a great accessory for jazzing up drinks in any season. But even if, like me, you don’t use pods, it can be a pretty handy countertop tool.
Here are some of the things I’ve used it for:
Most obviously, the machine is perfect for frothing milk for lattes. My only concern is that the milk doesn’t get quite as hot as I like. The foam, however, is terrific. Just be careful not to overfill the pot, or you’ll have a sticky mess on the sides of the machine.
If I feel like a sweet treat, I’ll sometimes make a mocha by adding a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix to the milk as I froth it. For extra flavour, I sprinkle in some cinnamon on top after I pour the milk into hot coffee. If I don’t feel like making a fresh pot, I’ve been known to cheat by mixing a teaspoon of instant coffee and a teaspoon of hot chocolate mix and giving it a swirl.
While I am not especially fond of chai teas, I’ve also used frothed milk for my version of London Fog, which I make with (well-steeped) Earl Grey tea, frothed milk, a splash of vanilla, and a eeny-weeny bit of maple syrup as a sweetener. I’ve seen suggestions for adding nutmeg or other spices, but I find that Earl Grey has enough of a flavour profile that it doesn’t require much in the way of boosters.
The frother has other uses beyond bevvies. Mashed potatoes, for example, one of my go-to comfort foods, are much creamier when made with warm milk. (It also helps them stay warmer longer). I use the Keurig to warm milk for this purpose. Take note that almond milk or another alternative works. I’ve also used coconut milk for mashed sweet potatoes (don’t forget to add pinch of cinnamon and cumin).
So, all in all, a pretty versatile little machine that can be pushed into any small corner of the counter.
PS: I haven’t even tried making cold drinks with it, so check back with me in August on that. In the meantime, what’s your favourite hot drink?
Keurig supplied me with a tester model, but did not review or approve this post. Opinions are mine.