No need to shell out for an ultra-fancy milk frother—your microwave works *just* as well


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At your neighborhood coffee shop, the price difference between a plain old cup of joe and an ultra-foamy option probably rings up to be about $2—and day after day, week after week, that oh-so enjoyable upgrade can seriously add up. So if you, like me, have wondered how to froth milk at home and DIY a fancy latte without investing in a frother, go ahead and rejoice. The only equipment you actually need is your microwave.

Here’s how it works: Once you’ve booted up your coffee or espresso machine—or prepped your Chemex, or whatever other caffeinated-beverage-producing device you’re coveting these days—and the sweet aroma of fresh brew wafts through the air, grab your milk of choice (so. many. options.) from the fridge, instructs Trusted Reviews. Then, find a mason jar—or another microwave-safe container that has a lid—and fill it up no more than half way with your milk (or mylk).

Put on the lid and shake it up for a good minute (hello, arm workout), remove the lid, pop it in the microwave 30 seconds, and then pour it immediately—and, I mean immediately—into your waiting mug.

Seem too easy to be true? I thought so as well, which is why I put the method to the test. What I wound up with though, was a creamy latte-esque concoction.

Seem too easy to be true? I thought so as well, which is why I put the method to the test this morning. What I wound up with though, was a creamy latte-esque concoction that looked like something I might normally fork over $5 to drink. It’s basically a dupe for a fancy café masterpiece, minus the intricate foam artwork. The whole process took about two minutes, and I can say confidently that I (and my morning coffee budget) have never been so happy to be proved wrong.

If you’re going to microwave your veggies, here’s how to do it while maintaining the most nutrients. And if you were thinking about giving Trader Joe’s on-the-cob microwave popcorn a try, there’s what you should know.

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