So, you went to the kitchen to grab all the ingredients for a delicious cup of coffee, right? What about the raw milk in your fridge, though? We will not, however, add it in the same manner.
It’s self-evident that we don’t utilize raw ingredients in every dish. As a result, every other recipe has a different format. Coffee is a rare case that necessitates careful consideration.
Any missed step can damage the taste and aroma of your coffee, which is the absolute worst thing for a coffee lover or someone looking forward to a caffeine boost after a long day.
So, let’s see how we can scald milk for our coffee and get started on excellent coffee preparation.
Is scalding milk really necessary?
So, let’s discuss if it’s crucial and required to scald milk before adding it to our coffee. There’s a straightforward logic to it. When drinking tap water, it is sometimes preferable to bring it to a boil to kill germs and bacteria. The milk is the same way. To ensure that milk is entirely cleansed and free of hazardous bacteria, we boil it in a specific way at a particular temperature.
You’ll also be pleased to learn that scalding your milk enhances the flavor of your coffee in addition to improving your health. Are you already curious to know about the procedure? Let’s get started!
How to Scald Milk
It’s time to see how we can scald our milk. So, all you’ll need is a little patience and a few essential items. You’ll need a saucepan, a measuring cup (optional), raw milk, a stirrer, and an accessible heating source to boil your milk over.
So start with measuring the amount of milk you want to be scalded (make sure you do not spill the milk because it can be a pain to clean). Once you have the right amount, close the lid tightly and place the milk in your saucepan.
Place your saucepan on a heating source, which is usually gas or electric. It will take some time to reach the scalding point for raw milk, so be patient! To prevent overheating of the milk, it is recommended that you keep stirring at regular intervals until it reaches 80 °C. The milk might bubble or froth up, so be careful not to let it spill over the sides of the saucepan.
When dealing with a heat source, such as the stove, keep your attention on the kitchen at all times. However, don’t take your eyes off the milk no matter what! The greatest mistake that anyone can make is to get distracted by almost anything. By this stage, you might be tempted to turn your back away from the saucepan (while wandering over to your coffee cup or mug). Avoid doing so at all costs because you’ll end up with a burnt milk disaster.
When the milk reaches 80 °C, you’re almost there. The last step entails removing your saucepan from the heat source and setting it aside to let it drop to around 70°C (about 5 minutes). Keep stirring at this point to make sure that all ingredients are well mixed. If you feel like the temperature might be too hot, wait a little longer before going to step five.
Done! Once the milk has dropped slightly to 70 °C, you’re ready to add it to your coffee cup or mug. Remember that our target temperature is between 65–70 °C so if the milk is too hot for comfort, let it cool down naturally on its own.
Do it in a microwave.
You can use your microwave to heat your milk for people who are in a hurry or may not be aware of this technique. This method will eliminate the hassle (and unease) because it is easy and relatively quick. The only downside is that the milk might start to froth up while heating, so keeps an eye on it at all times.
First and foremost, you’ll need a microwave-safe bowl or cup to ensure that your milk is not exposed to any harmful chemicals. Next, add in your milk and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Please note that milk might start bubbling up, so be careful when removing it from the microwave.
If you find that your milk is still not hot enough, then continue heating it for another 30 seconds. After heating it two times, check the temperature of the milk to determine if it has reached the desired level. If there’s any leftover, heat it a third time but make sure that you do it in 10-second intervals, or the milk might burn.
When the milk has reached the desired temperature, remove it from the microwave and stir. Then, add this warm milk to your coffee mug or cup to enjoy a good cup of Joe!
Read Also: Coffee In Microwave: Is it Bad For You?
Should I boil my milk even when it is already pasteurized?
Commercially manufactured dairy milk sold across state lines in the United States must be pasteurized. It’s not necessarily boiled, but it’s cooked to a sufficiently strong temperature to destroy any hazardous bacteria – usually 161 °F for a few seconds. So, unless it’s raw or undercooked milk, you don’t need to boil it for health concerns. In that instance, heating it to a boil or close to it will effectively decrease most bacteria levels.
Does scalding make changes to the flavor of milk?
Milk is a superb flavor transporter. In many preparations, the underlying reason for boiling the milk is to enrich it with taste and transfer the flavor into the final recipe. Scalding milk makes it thicker and gives it a creamy texture, which implies that if your milk has more taste, you will have an excellent, flavorful coffee for which you’re scalding your milk.
Should I boil the milk till it reaches the top edge of the pan?
The answer is an absolute NO! While scalding, the trick is to heat the milk without bringing it to a boil. If this leaves you anxious, use a thermometer to keep track of the heat. Boiling your milk will damage it and kill other essential proteins. Instead, stir it constantly to keep the milk from thickening, scorching, or adhering to the sides of the pan.
We know that you love getting your things freshly done when it is about your coffee. Scalding the milk is an essential step for maintaining the freshness and flavor of your drink.
Don’t get the term “scalding” mixed up with “boiling”; we’re not talking about boiling the milk until its proteins are entirely burnt, but instead supplying it with enough heat to kill any hazardous bacteria.
So now you have everything in your hands and know what to do with your raw milk before beginning your coffee preparation. So, what’s keeping you on your couch? Let’s get moving, scald the milk, and get ready to prepare a revitalizing cup of coffee!