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Germans consume an average of over 55 litres of milk per capita every year. It is an important ingredient in our cuisine and the most popular addition to coffee. The preparation of a milk-derived foam has even developed into an art and has long since gone beyond the idea of simply pouring milk foam. This has resulted in an increased interest in milk churns.

In the following article, we would like to help you in your search for a milk jug that suits you and your needs. We have compared different models and worked out the most important differences. We have supplemented this product comparison with a few useful criteria that you can take into account when making a selection and, finally, we have answered the most frequently asked questions on the subject of milk jugs.




The most important facts

  • Milk jugs differ from each other mainly in size, intended use and materials used. A basic distinction can be made between barista milk jugs, porcelain milk jugs and glass jugs.
  • The spout shape and ergonomic profiling of a barista milk jug play the most important roles in the precision of milk froth pouring.
  • Porcelain jugs are best for heating milk in a microwave and jugs with a steel base are recommended for induction hotplates.

The Best Milk Jug: Our Picks

Milk Jug: Buying and rating criteria

In this section, we have described the most important buying criteria that you should consider when looking for the perfect milk jug. Based on these criteria, you can compare individual models to make the best possible purchase decision. The features that can help you choose include:

In the following section, we will discuss these criteria in detail to give you a better overview.

Material

The range of milk jugs is very large. However, one of the most striking differences is the material they are made of. It is therefore advantageous to look into this subject. The most commonly used materials include:

  • Porcelain / earthenware: Most decorative milk jugs are made from these materials. They occur both in pure form and mixed with other materials.
  • Stainless steel / copper / aluminium: These materials are used for jugs that are intended, for example, for frothing or heating milk on a cooker.
  • Glass / plastic: Glass milk jugs come in both decorative and utility forms. They are mostly used for storage vessels.

The choice can therefore be made according to your individual preferences. However, the decisive factors here should be your plans and the intention of the application, so that your purchase decision represents the optimal variant for your needs.

Size

Milk jugs are available in many different sizes. Which one is perfect for you depends on what you use it for.

  • Small jugs (70 to 90 ml): You can use the smallest jugs for making a coffee such as latte espresso or for serving milk with tea.
  • Medium-sized milk jugs (300 to 350 ml): These are ideal for preparing single cappuccinos, for example.
  • Large milk jugs (500 to 650 ml): Depending on the type of use, these sizes can be used to prepare two cappuccinos. Such sizes are also ideal for serving warm milk as an addition to tea or meals.
  • Very large milk jugs (900 to 1500 ml): These are mainly used in the catering industry. Glass jugs - especially for storing milk in the refrigerator - also have such fill volumes.

Using a milk jug that is too small can result in the temperature of the drinks not being optimal due to the preparation time being too long. Using a jug that is too large, on the other hand, can result in the milk not frothing at all. The size of the milk jug is therefore an important purchase criterion.

Usability

Part of the range gives users the option of heating milk directly in the jug. However, you should consider individual suitability characteristics in these cases.

  • Microwaveable milk jug: These allow the milk to heat up to a suitable temperature in the microwave. However, metal jugs made of stainless steel, copper or aluminium are not recommended. For the same reason, avoid porcelain jugs with gold or silver decoration. Instead, choose the plain ceramic or plastic versions.
  • Induction-safe milk jug: As a general rule, the base of the jug must be magnetically conductive so that the heat can be generated on an induction cooker. Therefore, all milk jugs whose base is made of steel, for example, are very suitable for induction cooker tops. However, you should avoid stainless steel, aluminium and copper in this context - they will not work on an induction cooker.

It is therefore extremely important that you think carefully about which appliances you want to use a milk jug with in the future before you buy.

Design

The design of a milk jug usually varies depending on their function. Stainless steel jugs usually have a tube-like shape, which is intended to serve the functionality. Their design is rather plain, but differs in colour and coating. Porcelain jugs, on the other hand, can come in different shapes and colours. So when choosing, your own taste is decisive. The shapes range from antique to classic to modern.

Spout shape

The shape of the spout is an important factor when buying milk jugs. However, the choice also depends on the intention of use. The porcelain jugs can have a classic, beak-like, flat or rounded spout. With stainless steel jugs, the spout determines the precision of the work, so it is particularly important. Here you should choose a jug with a spout that suits your individual abilities.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about milk jugs answered in detail

In the following, we will answer the most important questions about a milk jug. In this way, we would like to give you a deeper insight into the topic.

Who is a milk jug suitable for?

Milk jugs can be used in the catering industry as well as in private households. When receiving guests, you can use porcelain jugs, for example, to offer an elegant coffee tray. In this way, one can avoid an excessive amount of served milk that cannot then be used again.

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Milk jugs are not only a kitchen tool. They can also be used to elegantly present milk on a tea or coffee tray. (Image source: Joanna Kosinska / unsplash)

Milk jugs are also great for professional and amateur baristas. These allow for a tasteful preparation of the latte. Metal milk jugs can be used well here. They make foaming and heating the milk particularly easy. Milk jugs with lids, especially those made of glass and plastic, are also ideal for storage and offer an alternative to PET cartons and soft plastic containers in which milk is sold.

What types of milk jugs are there?

One question you should ask yourself when choosing a milk jug is what function this milk container should fulfil in the future. Basically, there are three types of milk jugs: Milk jugs for the fridge, serving milk jugs and barista milk jugs.

Type Features
Serving milk jugs For serving milk with coffee / tea, All kinds of shapes, Made of porcelain or metal, Small filling capacity - up to 0.5 litres
Barista milk jugs For frothing milk, Made of stainless steel, Up to 1 litre capacity
Milk jugs for the fridge For storing milk in the fridge, The shape of a jug or square-flat, Made of glass or plastic, Has a lid, 0.5 to 1 litre capacity

Milk jugs for the fridge usually look like large, slim jugs with lids, which you can simply place on the fridge door. The glass versions are particularly advantageous for storing milk - no microelements are released from this environmentally friendly material that are later consumed by people.

Serving milk jugs are small, decorative jugs designed to serve as an elegant presentation of milk. They can take on different shapes, ranging from classic to modern. Barista milk jugs are professional milk jugs used by barista artists to heat and froth milk. They are not usually used as decorative elements and are used exclusively for preparation.

What does a milk jug cost?

The price of milk jugs depends mainly on the brand, the material used and the design. The following table gives you a rough overview of the price ranges of the milk jugs available on the market.

Type price range
Serving milk jugs approx. 10 to 60 euros
Barista milk jugs approx. 10 to 40 euros
Milk jugs for the fridge approx. 10 to 30 euros

In our compilation, you will find milk jugs that have shown the best price-performance ratio. It turned out that even the products that reached the middle of the price scale were of good quality.

Which milk jug is best suited for latte art?

Latte art is a form of art that allows creativity to run wild when skilfully pouring milk foam over coffee drinks. This creates graphic patterns on the milk foam surface of the drink. In addition to a coffee machine, a milk frother and a cup, latte art also requires a milk jug. Stainless steel jugs are best suited for this purpose. They are filled no more than halfway with cold milk. The milk is then foamed and warmed up in the jugs with a steam lance. After that, you can get started with the art of milk frothing.

Conclusion

Milk jugs are being used more and more not only in the catering industry, but also in households. More and more people are enjoying their coffee with milk foam and the art of pouring milk foam is always expanding its reach. When buying a milk jug, you should think first and foremost about the purpose it is to serve.

For example, if it is intended for latte art, then a barista milk jug is recommended, but if you also want to warm up the milk, then a milk jug with a lid is a better alternative. One thing is for sure - a milk jug promises without a doubt an upgrade in the taste and quality of the coffee and should not be missing in the kitchen of every milk lover (and also latte lover).

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