3 Ways to Heat Milk

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3 Ways to Heat Milk
3 Ways to Heat Milk

Heating milk is almost like an art, no matter if you're making a sauce, yogurt, or a bottle for a baby. Keep an eye out when it is boiling and stir frequently to prevent it from boiling over. While you can simmer quickly for some recipes, a slower process is needed if you're fermenting, making cheese or yogurt. If the fire is too hot to simmer, try a double boiler. Avoid using the microwave or direct heat to heat a bottle for a baby. Instead, dip the baby bottle into a bowl of water.


Method 1 of 3: Boiling Milk

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Step 1. Heat in microwave

This is the easiest way to heat milk, but you'll have to keep an eye out. A glass (250 ml) of milk should reach room temperature in 45 seconds and boil in two and a half minutes. Stir every 15 seconds so it doesn't overflow.

Another option is to try setting the microwave on 70% power to boil the milk slowly. Still, it is necessary to stir every 15 seconds

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Step 2. Boil the milk on the stove in a large, deep pot

The deep pan is necessary to leave enough space for bubbles to form and not overflow. If you are making some sauce or preparing a glass of hot milk, use medium heat. Do not leave the pan unattended and stir after a few minutes to prevent it from overflowing.

Decrease the heat when the milk starts to bubble so as not to burn

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Step 3. Try leaving a long spoon in the pan

Milk overflows when a layer of protein and fat forms on the surface and prevents steam from escaping when it's heating up. Eventually, the steam breaks the barrier violently and the milk overflows everywhere. A long spoon in the pan allows steam to escape before it builds up too much pressure.

It is still necessary to use the spoon for a few minutes and mix the milk to release the steam

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Step 4. Heat the milk to slowly ferment

If you are making cheese or yogurt, you need to heat the milk one degree a minute. Heat over low or medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes and stir after a few minutes. The milk will have reached the boiling point of 82°C when it starts to create small bubbles and steam.

Use the bain-marie method if the stove gets too hot and you cannot slowly boil the milk directly in the mouth of the stove

Method 2 of 3: Using the Water Bath

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Step 1. Boil a small amount of water

You need to add about three to four centimeters of water to a pot. Place on stove, turn on low heat and heat slowly until it starts to boil.

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Step 2. Place a heat resistant bowl over the boiling water

Use a glass or stainless steel bowl and place it inside the pan, but do not let it touch the water. There must be at least 2 cm of distance between the bottom of the bowl and the surface of the water.

Heating the milk indirectly in the glass or stainless steel bowl will ensure a slow and even boil

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Step 3. Add milk to the bowl

Keep the heat low so the water continues to boil. Carefully pour the milk into the bowl and stir frequently until you see small bubbles forming on the edge and steam is released from the milk.

When the milk reaches boiling point, turn off the heat and use it or let it cool according to the recipe

Method 3 of 3: Heating Milk for a Baby

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Step 1. Soak a baby bottle in warm water to heat it evenly

Place the bottle in a bowl of warm water or place under running water. When the water in the bowl has cooled, it is necessary to replace it with warmer water. Warm and bottle until it reaches room or body temperature, depending on your baby's preference.

Don't let the milk or formula get too hot as it can lose nutritional value and burn your baby's mouth

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Step 2. Avoid using the microwave or stove

You have the option of turning on the tap with hot water or heating the milk on the stove, but avoid heating the bottle itself in the microwave or directly on the stove. The microwave oven heats unevenly, which leaves some extremely hot spots. Heating a bottle on the stove can also have the same effect and can melt a plastic bottle.

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Step 3. Invest in a bottle warmer

This device is the fastest and most convenient way to warm up your baby's milk or formula, warming up to room temperature in two to four minutes, depending on the model.

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