The basics: how to heat up milk

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Perfect your hot chocolate game by mastering the art of heating milk. Our guide provides essential tips to warm milk just right, ensuring your homemade hot chocolates and other recipes achieve a smooth, comforting warmth that elevates every sip.

By DFC - PLC, Nutrition Team
How to heat milk on the stove

A cozy mug of warm milk is a comforting treat on its own, but heated milk can also show up in many of your favourite recipes.

For best results, milk should be heated gently and slowly. Excessive heat can result in a scorched flavour and/or a film of protein on the top of the milk. You can avoid these problems in one of two ways:

On the stove

The double-boiler method: Place milk in the top of a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Heat just until bubbles form around the edge and steam begins to rise from the milk. Stirring frequently will prevent a film layer from forming.

Tip: For hot chocolate, follow the same stove method as mentioned above. If warming milk directly in saucepan, make sure to stir often over medium heat until steaming.

In the microwave

The microwave method: Pour milk into a microwave-safe container and microwave on medium-high (70%) power, stirring every 15 seconds, just until steam begins to rise from the milk. To scald milk for custards or yogurt, heat 250 mL (1 cup) on high for 2 to 2 ½ minutes.

Tip: Room-temperature milk is better in recipes than cold milk, so use the microwave to take the chill off milk that is fresh from the refrigerator. Microwave 250 mL (1 cup) for 40 to 45 seconds* on high (100%).

Note: Times are based on a 700-watt microwave oven. Adjust cooking times to suit your oven.

To take advantage of your newfound milk-warming skills, try out these dreamy latte recipes. 

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