Being lactose intolerant is such a struggle. I just want to enjoy my favorite cookie with a glass of milk! But, you know, I don’t get along with milk that much. Plus, I also have to make sure my cookies are dairy-free.
Well, thank goodness for almond milk! It’s a great dairy-free alternative to the usual cow’s milk and it does taste great. I love it when it’s warm.
Oh, you do like almond milk too? And you like it warm as well? But you’re just too busy to even bother getting it warm?
That’s not a problem! All you have to do is warm your almond milk in the microwave. I’ve been doing that all the time with these simple and easy tips and tricks.
So come on and let’s get started!
Can I warm almond milk in the microwave?
Of course! You can warm your almond milk using your microwave. If you can warm the usual cow’s milk in a microwave then you can also do the same with your almond milk.
I know some of us are worried if this is possible because we think almond milk is different from cow’s milk. But it doesn’t matter that much. It can still be warmed the same way as regular milk in a microwave.
One thing that we may want to worry about is heating the milk too much. This is because too much heat might cause the milk to burn, curdle, or boil and damage the milk. However, there are steps that we can follow to avoid that from happening.
How to warm almond milk in the microwave?
The process of warming almond milk may look complicated. But it is quite simple. Here are a few steps that you can follow to do it correctly:
- Get a microwavable mug that can hold just enough almond milk that you can consume immediately. Using ceramic or glass mugs would be better.
- Pour the almond milk into the mug. Make sure it doesn’t overflow.
- Get a paper towel or microwavable wax paper and cover the mug. This helps in preventing the milk to spill while it is warming up in the microwave. It is NOT advisable to use plastic wrap. This is to avoid too much moisture from getting into the milk and possibly ruining its taste.
- Put the covered mug into the microwave.
- Set the microwave to medium heat.
- Microwave the almond milk for 15 seconds.
- After 15 seconds, open the microwave and stir the milk. This is to make sure that the milk doesn’t burn at the bottom of the mug. It also helps in preventing the milk from boiling.
- Repeat steps 4 to 7 until you notice a bit of steam coming out from the almond milk.
- Remove the mug of almond milk from the microwave once steam starts to show while you stir.
- Check if the desired temperature of 140 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or 60 to 65 degrees Celsius is reached. If you don’t have a thermometer, you may try dripping some drops of milk on your wrist to feel its temperature. If it’s too hot, then let it cool before you drink it to avoid scalding yourself. If it’s warm enough, then you can now enjoy it.
Is it safe to warm almond milk in the microwave?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to warm almond milk in the microwave! Just like any other process, there are some safety precautionary measures that you need to keep in mind to avoid damaging your milk.
Honestly, it is somehow better to warm your almond milk using the microwave. This is because you can control the heat better than when using a stovetop. That means that you are less likely to boil or burn your almond milk if you do it correctly.
It’s important to always keep an eye on your almond milk while it is warming in the microwave. Make sure you don’t boil it. This causes some of the nutrients and vitamins to be destroyed. Plus, it might also alter the taste of your almond milk.
How long does it take to warm almond milk in the microwave?
Warming almond milk using a microwave will usually take about 2 minutes. This length of time may change depending on various factors.
The wattage of your microwave affects how long you need to warm your almond milk. Microwaves that have a higher wattage may allow you to warm your almond milk faster. On the other hand, those with a lower wattage may call for longer times or additional intervals for heating your almond milk.
Another thing that can affect how long your almond milk warms in a microwave is the quantity of almond milk you decide to warm in one go.
If you want to warm your almond milk faster, then it’s better to do it in small quantities. This way, it can reach the desired temperature of 140 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit or 60 to 65 degrees Celsius. This is the ideal temperature for warmed almond milk.
What to do before warming almond milk in the microwave?
Before you warm your almond milk in the microwave, you need to make sure that the milk is still fresh and good. You may also want to check its packaging for its expiration date. If the expiration date has already passed, then you may want to throw the milk away. I don’t suggest even trying to drink it.
Also, if it still hasn’t reached the expiration date then open it and check if it still looks and smells fresh. If it does then it’s good to go.
However, if you feel like something is not right based on how it looks, smells, or tastes, then discard it immediately. Of course, we need to keep our safety a priority.
On another note, after making sure that your almond milk is fresh, make sure that you take the amount of almond milk that you can consume immediately.
It is not advisable to keep reheating your almond milk. This is because it can easily become contaminated and spoiled the more you keep repeating the process.
With that, it would be better if you warm the amount of almond milk that is just enough for you and for those who’d also want to have some.
What NOT to do when warming almond milk in the microwave?
Of course, there are things that you need to NOT do when you decide to warm your almond milk in the microwave.
First of all, you should NOT microwave your almond milk while it is still in a paper box. Remember to transfer it to a microwavable container first.
This is because the paper box packaging of almond milk usually has a plastic film lined inside of it to prevent it from leaking.
This plastic is most likely not safe for microwaving. It will surely melt while you warm your almond milk in the microwave. This is dangerous because some of the harmful substances in the plastic may leach or go into your milk. Once you drink it, those chemicals will freely enter your body and may cause some health issues.
Another thing you’d want to remember is to NOT speed up the microwaving process. Let your almond milk warm slowly and don’t try to max up the heat and warm your milk in one go.
This will cause your almond milk to boil and burn. Trust me, you don’t want this to happen. It’ll make the milk taste bad and you’re at risk of scalding yourself. Always remember that patience is the key.
So, there you have some of the tips and tricks that can help you warm up your almond milk using a microwave. Now, you can certainly enjoy a warm glass of almond milk along with your favorite cookies! Again, make sure those cookies are dairy-free if you’re lactose intolerant like me.
What are you waiting for? Don’t stop yourself from enjoying your favorite childhood snack and get those glasses of almond milk warmed up!