Adding luscious, frothy creamer to your coffee is a delicious and easy way to upgrade your coffee drinking experience. Find out in this post how to froth coffee creamer at home and which creamers will work best.
What is creamer?
Creamer is something that can be added to coffee to flavor or tone down the sharpness of a cup of coffee. For a long time people used milk and cream to do this, but coffee creamer is an effective substitute for milk and cream.
Creamer has a longer shelflife than milk and cream and it comes in both liquid and powder forms. Powder creamers need to be stored in a cupboard and liquid creamers must be stored in a fridge.
There are dairy-free creamer options available, which are also known as coffee whiteners. Along with lactose-free creamers and different flavors of creamer.
The main ingredients in creamer:
Dairy coffee creamers are usually a sweetened and flavored combination of cream and cow's milk. The ingredients in a non-dairy coffee creamer vary depending on the brand, but most contain a combination of vegetable oil, water, sodium caseinate, corn syrup, and flavorings.
The proteins in the cow's milk are what helps to stabilize frothy foam. They hold up the bubbles’ walls and prevent the froth from collapsing.
Creamers that are dairy-free or artificial, make up for the lack of proteins with an additive called gellan. Gellan bonds with calcium to mimic the effect of protein-rich dairy milk.
I love adding frothed creamer to my Oatmilk Honey Latte (Starbucks Copycat) recipe. Give it a try - you won't be dissapointed!
Can you froth coffee creamer?
Yes, you can froth creamer! There are many different ways to froth creamer at home that will produce stable, frothy foam for your beverages.
The only thing you will need to check is that your creamer contains dairy or gellan in its ingredient list. This is what is needed to make the creamer froth. And the amount of protein, fat, or gellan will affect the taste and stability of the creamer froth.
What types of creamer can you froth?
- Dairy Creamers. This type of creamer is made with cream, milk, or sweetened condensed milk. Therefore, depending on the dairy percentage, dairy creamers will froth similar to milk products such as half and half or whole milk. They are very popular creamers and are easy to find at any store.
- Plant-Based Creamers. Different types of plant milk contain different amounts of fats and proteins, depending on the source. Therefore, not all plant-based creamers can froth well and the different types of milk will give varying results. Some plant milk creamers have additives like gellan that help them froth better. Oat milk based creamers are one of the best performing plant milk creamers.
- Non-dairy creamers. Non-dairy creamer, also known as coffee whitener, usually comes in powder form. It normally contains sodium caseinate which is a milk-derived protein as well as an added stabilizer such as gellan. This means that most non-dairy creamers are able to produce a creamy and stable froth.
Using a flavored creamer won't impact its ability to froth. So you can use your favorite flavored creamer for frothing too!
How to froth creamer without a frother
Restraunts and coffee shops normally use a professional steam wand to froth their creamer. But there are several different ways you can froth creamer at home that are easy to do and just as effective.
1. Sealable Jar
This is a great method for anyone who doesn't have any suitable kitchen appliances to froth their creamer. All you have to do is get a jar with a lid that seals tightly. Fill the jar halfway with liquid creamer. Close the jar and shake it vigorously for a few minutes. It should almost double in size and then your frothy creamer is ready to use. If you want warm froth, place the jar for 30 seconds in the microwave.
2. Immersion Blender
An immersion blender is a versatlile kitchen tool that can also be used to froth liquid creamer. If you prefer hot coffee creamer, warm it up first. Place the creamer in a tall jug/pitcher to avoid any mess. Submerge the bender entirely into the creamer and then run it on a low speed. Move the blender up and down until it turns into foam. This should take about 15 seconds and then your frothy creamer is ready to use.
3. French Press (Plunger)
You can use your french press to simply froth your creamer. Simply pour either hot or cold liquid creamer into the french press and put the plunger and lid in place. Rapidly move the plunger up and down to force air into the creamer. When the creamer has almost doubled in volume your frothed creamer is ready.
4. Bullet Blender
This at home method to froth creamer is quick and requires no manual effort. All you have to do is fill the cup of the blender halfway with cold, liquid creamer. Place the cup on the base of the blender and blend for 15 seconds. Your frothed creamer is then ready and if you want warm froth you can heat it up in the microwave before using it.
Recipes to try with frothy creamer:
You can add frothy creamer to all sorts of delicious drinks. It is easy to froth creamer at home so find the method that works best for you and enjoy adding it to your favorite beverages!
Can you freeze coffee creamer?
Yes! You can store liquid creamer in the freezer in a sealed container for 4 - 6 months. Freezeing your coffee creamer won't affect its taste or consistency!