If you’re one of the many people who are ditching dairy milk in favor of soy milk, you’re probably wondering if you can still make lattes and other frothy beverages. The answer is a resounding YES! Soy milk can be foamed like dairy milk to make delicious coffee drinks.
Making soy milk froth is a bit different from frothing dairy milk, however. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about frothing soy milk.
Why Can’t You Just Froth Soy Milk Like Dairy Milk?
Adding air to dairy milk causes proteins in the milk to form tiny bubbles, which creates a thick and creamy froth. Soy milk doesn’t contain these proteins, so the same process won’t produce the same results.
Instead, you need to add a thickener to the soy milk to give it the proper consistency. This can be as simple as a teaspoon of cornstarch or xanthan gum. A commercial soy milk steamer will typically have a built-in thickening agent, but if you’re frothing soy milk at home, you’ll need to add it yourself.
What Equipment Do You Need To Froth Soy Milk?
Frothing soy milk requires specialized equipment. The gold standard for latte makers is an espresso machine with a built-in steam wand, but if you don’t want to splurge for an espresso machine, you can also use a handheld milk frother or a stovetop cappuccino maker which can be purchased for a much lower price.
For best results, you should use a machine that’s specifically designed for frothing soy milk. Non-dairy milk frothers have a slightly cooler steam temperature than dairy frothers, and this helps create the ideal foam.
Can You Heat Soy Milk When You Froth It?
Yes, but unlike dairy milk, you should never heat soy milk to the point that it begins to bubble. If soy milk is heated too much, it will separate and become bitter.
When frothing soy milk, you should make sure the milk remains at or just below boiling. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature of the milk while it’s being heated.
How To Froth Soy Milk
Once you have the equipment and ingredients you need on hand, frothing soy milk is incredibly easy.
- Pour the soy milk into a frothing pitcher.
- Prepare the thickening agent according to the package instructions and add it to the milk.
- Place the frothing pitcher on the machine and begin to froth.
- Continue frothing until the milk is thick and creamy.
- Use a thermometer to make sure the milk does not exceed the boiling point.
- Steam the milk until it is hot.
- If desired, add a flavoring like vanilla or hazelnut.
- Pour the milk into your favorite espresso drink and enjoy!
Creating delicious non-dairy lattes and other frothy drinks is just as easy with soy milk as it is with dairy milk. With the right equipment, a few simple ingredients, and a bit of practice, you’ll be an expert soy milk foamer in no time!
Can you froth cold soy milk?
But if you have a cold soy milk, how do you froth it? While frothing traditional milk is easy enough with the right equipment and skills, if you want to get some coffee shop quality foam out of the dairy-free alternative, you’ll need to do a bit of extra work. But why go through the extra effort?
Foamed soy milk helps create a creamy, full-bodied latte or cappuccino, and is a great way to amplify your favorite coffee and espresso drinks. It’s especially important for those on a plant-based diet, so here’s what you need to know about frothing cold soy milk.
Can You Froth Cold Soy Milk?
Yes, it’s possible to froth cold soy milk, although you wouldn’t be able to do this with a traditional milk frother. Our recommendation is to purchase an immersion blender, commonly used to make sauces and dressings.
It’s relatively inexpensive and when you follow the instructions carefully, it can do the trick just as well as an espresso machine with a built-in steam wand. The blender will help to break up the cold milk and create air bubbles that can give your drinks a creamy frothy top layer.
How To Froth Cold Soy Milk
The easiest way to froth cold soy milk is with an immersion blender. All you’ll need to do is pour the milk into a deep cup or mug and submerge your blender into the mixture. Make sure to keep it about one-third of the way down from the surface.
Be sure to move the blender up and down so it breaks up the cold milk, creating air bubbles that will give your drinks a nice creamy layer. For an extra foamy result, you can move the blender in circular motions. After about 10 seconds, you’ll start to see the foam form.
Adding Other Ingredients
If you want to add additional flavor to your cold foam, there are a few ingredients you can throw into the mix. A spoonful of honey, agave nectar, or maple syrup can give you that nice sweetness. Vanilla extract is also a great addition to make your cold foam a bit tastier.
Cocoa powder and other spices like ground cinnamon can prove to be a delicious addition to your drinks. For vegan friendly options, there are lots of plant-based sweeteners on the market, such as coconut palm sugar, dates, or stevia.