While at my mom's house over Christmas, I had the opportunity to use her fancy milk frother each morning to make cappuccinos or frothy tea in the afternoon. I became spoiled quickly. The thing made perfectly frothed milk with the press of a button. Upon coming home, I knew I needed to figure out a substitute that wouldn't break the bank but that was just as convenient: enter the Aerolatte!
The Aerolatte has been around for what seems like forever (I remember my Dad had one that he used when I was a kid), and for good reason. It's a simple kitchen tool that does what it claims efficiently, quickly, inexpensively...and dare I say beautifully? You can tell how smitten I am.
If you're not familiar with the Aerolatte, it's a little handheld guy with a slim battery-controlled frothing wand. You stick the tip of the wand in your warm milk, press a button and in literally 15 seconds or so, you have a glass of perfectly creamy, decadent foam. There's also very little (if any) clean-up: I simply rinse the tip of mine under a stream of water and leave it out on the windowsill to dry.
It's possible I called my mom and told her she spent far too much money on her machine and it's taking up valuable counter space. She's often right in matters related to the kitchen, but this time, I think I won.
→ Buy an Aerolatte: Williams Sonoma
Related: How to Make Milk Foam (Without a Frother or Machine)
(Image: Megan Gordon)