Last updated: August 11, 2021

Splashing bubbling liquids is a thing of the past, because with the milk pot it has never been so easy to enjoy cooking. A milk pot makes it easy to boil milk, cocoa or pudding without it burning or boiling over. With the milk pot, you can easily keep your kitchen clean when preparing delicate dishes though.

The milk pot is a welcome help in every kitchen. To help you decide which milk pot is best for you, we present the different features and models in our milk pot guide. This detailed description offers you a comparison of milk pots, as well as the presentation of further features. In the following lines you will find the answer to the question of which milk pot you should choose.




The most important facts

  • A milk pot is a small cylindrical pot with a high pot wall, a pouring rim and a handle. Thanks to its shape and features, the milk pot makes it easier to boil or reheat milk.
  • A milk pot is also suitable for preparing other delicate foods, so the milk pot can be used for preparing cocoa, pudding, rice pudding, porridge baby food or various sauces. Even chocolate and glazes can be melted wonderfully in the milk pot.
  • A double-walled milk pot, also called a simmer pot, prevents burning or boiling over by using the water bath function. Water is poured into the space in between, The pot walls and contents heat up through the water, which never reaches over 100°C. Steam whistling through the whistle warns of the temperature.

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Milk pots: buying and rating criteria

If you want to get yourself a milk pot, you will quickly learn that there are different types of milk pots. The milk pots usually differ in the following characteristics:

To help you decide which milk pot is best for you, we offer the following overview of the features mentioned.

Diameter and volume

The diameter and volume indicate how big the milk pot is and how much liquid you can pour into it. When deciding on the size of the diameter, pay attention to the cooker top on which you will most often use such a milk pot. Milk pots most often come in diameters from 12 to 16 cm.

For optimal cooking time and energy savings, the diameter of the hob and the milk pot should be the same.

If the diameter of the hob is larger than the diameter of the milk pot, energy is used unnecessarily for heating. Similarly, if the diameter of the milk pot is larger than the diameter of the hob, the contents of the milk pot will heat up unevenly and for longer. The volume of the milk pot is usually between 0.5 and 3 litres.The volume in combination with the diameter shows the size of the milk pot and at the same time its height.

A lower and wider milk pot is more  suitable for cooking puddings, while a narrower and higher milk pot is better for frothing milk.

Material

The milk pot, like other utensils, can be made of different materials. Milk pots can have different uses depending on the material. For example, a milk pot can be made of stainless steel, aluminium, enamel, ceramic, porcelain or cast iron.

  • Stainless steel milk pot: Mostly, the pots are made of stainless steel, because stainless steel is rustproof, easy to clean, tasteless and acid-resistant. You can use stainless steel milk pots for several purposes. In addition to heating milk, you can use them to make cocoa, pudding, porridge and rice pudding.
  • Aluminium milk pot: The cheaper version is the aluminium milk pot. It is lighter and can conduct heat better, but usually has a shorter lifespan. For this reason, aluminium is often combined with other materials and the milk pots are usually coated.
  • Enamel, ceramic and porcelain milk pots: Enamel milk pots are more often smaller in diameter and volume. They are easy to clean, can be in different colours and are available at a lower price. Similarly, ceramic or porcelain milk pots are much rarer on the market.
  • Cast iron milk pot: A cast iron milk pot is usually in the higher price range. Such casseroles are usually used for other purposes, such as preparing baby food, sauces, soups and pasta. Crockery made of cast iron is heavier in weight, extremely heat-resistant and should usually be maintained by hand washing.

Coating

Some milk pots are coated with different materials. The non-stick coating prevents the milk from burning and makes cleaning easier. The coating also ensures even heat conduction. This reduces the possibility of boiling over.

Some materials release harmful ingredients into food, so the coating provides a protective layer to preserve our health and the quality of food. Metal milk pots, usually iron or steel, are coated with enamel on the outside and inside. For aluminium milk pots, ceramic coatings are of the highest quality.

Teflon used to be the most common non-stick coating, but in recent years it has been considered a health hazard.

This is because Teflon releases toxic compounds (e.g. PFOA) at higher temperatures. However, nowadays most coating materials are PFOA free and do not release any harmful substances or toxins.

Cooker type Usage

When buying a milk pot, we must pay attention to the type of cooker it is suitable for. For a gas cooker, it is best to use pots with a thicker base, which retain heat better. This allows us to cook on a lighter heat and thus save energy.

You can easily check induction suitability by 'sticking' a magnet to the bottom of the milk pot.

Gas, electric and ceramic hobs work on the principle of thermal heating. The induction hob, on the other hand, works on the principle of a magnetic field. Therefore, only pots with good magnetic conductivity are suitable for the induction hob.

Most stainless steel milk pots are suitable for an induction hob. Aluminium has weak magnetic properties, so some aluminium milk pots are coated on the bottom to magnetise the milk pot. This means it can also be used on an induction hob.

Dishwasher and microwave suitability

Whether a milk pot is suitable for a microwave depends on what material it is made of.

Pots made of aluminium, stainless steel, iron, cast iron and copper are generally not suitable for the microwave.

The reason for this is that microwaves cannot penetrate the metal and the contents of the container cannot be heated. A similar rule applies to use in a dishwasher. Milk pots made of aluminium, copper or bronze are better washed by hand. Further caution is advised with milk pots that have been coated for protection.

The coating can be damaged in the dishwasher. It is therefore better to ask the manufacturer whether the milk pot is suitable for a dishwasher. The next thing you should look out for is rust. For example, a stainless steel milk pot is rust-resistant, but some milk pots have handles and handles attached with screws.

The screws can rust when washed in the dishwasher, damaging the dishwasher itself. Porcelain dishes are allowed in the dishwasher, but care should be taken if the dishes contain smaller parts such as a handle or a spout. Porcelain is very fragile and part of the dish may break off during washing.

Water bath and flute kettle function

The milk pot with water bath is also called a double-walled milk pot or simmer pot. Simmer pot is ideal for gentle preparation of delicate dishes, as well as milk, pudding, rice pudding, semolina porridge, various sauces or glazes.

A double-walled milk pot prevents the milk from burning or boiling over. The space between the two walls of the pot is filled with water. This causes the water to heat up first and the heat spreads evenly through the milk pot. Since the contents are not in direct contact with the hot outer wall of the milk pot, the food does not burn or boil over. However, the temperature does not rise above 100 °C because the water boils at 100 °C.

Another aid to prevent burning or boiling over is the flute kettle function. Some simmer pots have a whistle that indicates when the water is boiling. As the water boils, steam rises from the opening and causes the pot to whistle. This way you know when to remove the milk pot from the cooker or reduce the heat.

Milk pots: frequently asked questions and answers

In the next section, we provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about milk pots. Here you will find information and useful tips that will give you additional knowledge for a good choice and the right use of the milk pot.

What do I use a milk pot for?

You can use a milk pot for heating milk or preparing milk dishes. Since milk foams and bubbles when boiling, the cylindrical pot helps to prevent this.

In addition to cooking milk dishes, a milk pot can also be used to prepare sauces or glazes. (Image source: Cottonbro / Pexels)

For this purpose, a milk pot has a pouring rim and spout for easier and simpler pouring of the liquid. The features of the double-walled milk pot make it possible to cook without fear of burnt and overflowing milk.

What types of milk pots are there?

Roughly speaking, a distinction is made between the classic and double-walled milk pots. There is also the electric milk pot. In the following table, we present the advantages and disadvantages of each type of product.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Milk pot Can be used in many ways, easy to care for Contents must always be stirred
Double-walled milk pot / simmer pot / milk pot with water bath Prevents burning or boiling over Sensitive to rust, may need demanding care
Milk frother / electric milk pot Easy preparation of milk froth for cappuccino and latte macchiato, protein shakes, hot chocolate, baby food Cumbersome to clean, increased power consumption, higher price, volume

A milk pot can be used in many ways and fits into any kitchen. It is easy to handle and can be cleaned effortlessly. However, you have to be careful when cooking and always stir the contents so that it does not burn or boil over. In contrast, the double-walled milk pot prevents burning and boiling over thanks to the water bath function. With such simmer pots, however, you should read the operating instructions thoroughly, because optimal use depends on correct handling.

With an electric milk pot, you can prepare rich, velvety milk foam. So you can enjoy luxurious caffe latte every day at home. (Image source: MJ Tangonan / unsplash)

On the other hand, the electric milk frother is quite a practical device that prepares the desired result by itself with the push of a button. However, it is best used for heating or frothing milk, so its range of application is somewhat limited.

How much does a milk pot cost?

The prices for an average pot, which is suitable for every household, range from 15 to 40 euros.

Type price range
Enamel milk pot between 8 and 30 euros
Stainless steel / aluminium milk pot between 15 and 40 euros
Milk pot with larger diameter between 40 and 90 euros

The prices differ depending on the manufacturing material and size. Small enamel milk pots, for example, are available from 8 euros. Middle-class milk pots made of stainless steel and aluminium are available for around 25 euros. Higher-quality and larger milk pots are available for between 40 and 90 euros.

What are the alternatives to a milk pot?

There are different types of pots and their use is recommended depending on their function and desired purpose. The alternatives are presented here to help you decide whether some of them are more suitable for the purpose of your food preparation.

Type Description
Pot A round vessel with two handles on the rim
Casserole A pan-shaped saucepan with a high rim, suitable for frying or braising
Melting pot Low, wide pot with a bow handle for a stable hold in the water bath and two spouts, for melting chocolate or glazes
Beak pot A small enamel pot with the spout opposite the handle for easy pouring or decanting

The pots are available in different sizes and have a wide range of uses. Depending on the specialised use, which pots have certain properties that favour the exact type of cooking.

How can I prevent milk from burning or boiling over?

There are a few ways we can prevent our milk from burning or boiling over. Here are some of the most common tricks you can use:

  • brush the rim with butter;
  • place a metal spoon in the pot;
  • rinse the pot with cold water;
  • add a little sugar to the milk.

How can I clean the milk pot?

If the milk still burns, there are little tricks you can use to easily clean the burnt milk pot:

  • with baking powder containing natron;
  • with cola.

Fill the burnt milk pot with water and add baking soda. Heat the mixture briefly on the cooker and let it stand. If the burnt areas are not covered with water, you can use the following trick. Using the same procedure but with less water, make a paste.

Cover the burnt areas with the paste and let it work. Afterwards, simply clean the pot. Pour the cola into the pot so that it covers the burnt part. Let it work overnight. The next day, the burnt part can be easily cleaned.

Conclusion

The milk pot usually has a narrower diameter and a high wall to prevent the liquid from splashing during cooking. It also usually has a pouring rim and a longer handle for easier pouring of the liquid. Therefore, a milk pot is the best choice for preparing milk dishes, but also sauces, glazes or baby food. When cooking milk, it often happens that it boils over or burns.

There are a few tricks you can use to prevent this. On the other hand, you can opt for a double-walled milk pot, as it works on the principle of a water bath. However, a good selection of kitchen utensils makes it easier for us to navigate the kitchen and makes cooking a real fun experience.

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