Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Frothing blind

After my comprehensive post on milk frothing you probably were pretty clear on the proper method for frothing milk. Nevertheless some niggling thing oscillated at the back of your brain and you couldn't stop thinking about milk frothing. Finally the question deep in your neo cortex burst forth and you were consumed by the one unanswered question that haunted my blog post:

How does one froth milk if one is blind?

Yes, this is a good question.

The answer is, one froths milk by the sound. If one inserts the steamer wand in the milk and it makes a high, screaming noise, that's okay, but it also indicates that the wand is too deep in the milk. Lower ones pitcher. One is listening for the smooth roar of a distant jet engine. Is it shuddering? Then the wand is too far out. Lower the wand into the milk more. Smoothness is the key here in all things. That smooth and gentle roar will produce a smooth and gentle foam.

Now go and, if not blind, close your eyes as you steam your milk. It's not so hard.

What's that? What does one do if one is both blind and deaf?

One froths by vibration, low and smooth once again. The thrum should be steady and pleasant in ones hands. When the pitcher is hot, but not at all uncomfortably so, one is done.

One can also play pinball using these methods.

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