Milk is one of those ingredients that is a bit tricky to cook, whether it’s in the microwave or on the stove. It is helpful to know how to warm milk in the quickest and best way.
So, can you microwave milk? Yes, if you follow a few simple guidelines.
This could save your day the next time you have a hungry, impatient toddler or an ice-cold cup of coffee that needs rewarming.
Learn some pro tips for heating milk in the microwave, which containers are ok to use, and whether or not you can heat alternative milks!
How to Heat Milk in the Microwave
Microwaving milk is quite easy once you know how to do it. Follow these simple steps for success every time:
- Always make sure that you have a microwave safe container, like a bowl or a mug to start.
- Cover your container loosely with a lid to avoid splatters.
- Turn the power setting on your microwave down to medium and no higher than medium-high.
- Begin by microwaving the milk in short bursts of about 15 seconds, stirring between each. Check to see if steam is gently rising off the surface until it has reached the desired temperature.
- Once you have a pulse on your microwave’s strength, go ahead and microwave the milk for 30-45 seconds at a time if needed. Just be careful not to overdo it and burn, boil, or scald the milk.
What Temperature Should You Warm Milk To?
This depends on what you are using the milk for. Go ahead and invest in a good food thermometer and keep these general guidelines in mind. Safe ranges include:
- For Your Toddler: As close to 98.6 degrees F as possible
- Hot Cocoa or Coffee: 140-160 degrees F
- To Steam Milk: 155-165 degrees F
- To Scald Milk (For a Yogurt or Custard): 180 -185 degrees F
- To Boil Milk: 212 degrees F
Is it Safe to Microwave Milk?
Heating milk in the microwave is safe as long as you use a microwave safe container and test the temperature before it’s consumed.
Also, use caution when removing containers from the microwave and when testing the temperature of freshly microwaved milk. Nobody wants to end up with a burnt tongue or fingers.
Can You Microwave Milk in a Mug?
Do you have a favorite coffee cup or mug you always choose? Do you know if it is microwave safe?
Most mugs that are made out of glass, ceramic, or plastic are perfectly safe to use in the microwave. However, it is always wise to double check the bottom of your mug. Any metal present on the mug could cause issues.
Some mugs, although microwave safe, have a tendency to get really hot to the touch in the microwave so keep that in mind too. A pot holder is a helpful tool here.
How Long to Microwave Milk for Hot Chocolate
To warm one mug of milk for hot cocoa or instant coffee, I recommend 60-90 seconds on medium high.
Stop about every 15 seconds to stir, and, of course, be sure your mug is microwave safe.
Can You Microwave Milk in the Carton?
Milk cartons are not designed to be heated in the microwave.
Always transfer the milk to a microwave safe container prior to heating it in the microwave.
Can You Microwave Milk in a Glass Bowl or Cup?
This depends on the glass.
Some glass, such as Pyrex is designed to withstand microwaving, but not all glass is created equal. There are some varieties that contain dyes, metals, or other materials unsuitable for the microwave and could lead to cracking, leaching, or burns.
Check the bottom of any glass bowls for the “microwave-safe” designation and avoid placing any glass drinking cups in the microwave.
Can You Heat Almond Milk or Other Milks in the Microwave?
Absolutely! The same basic instructions for microwaving whole milk can be transferred to just about any milk out there. Some varieties include:
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Goat Milk
- Soy Milk
- Oat Milk
Whatever your favorite variety of milk, rest assured it can be heated in the microwave.
Follow the same pointers outlined earlier. Use a microwave-safe container, preferably with a lid. Use the medium power setting and check/stir every 15 seconds until your milk is warm enough. You got this! Enjoy!