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Fun Frothy Milkshakes with the Kids
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Member Name: Vialdana
Aerolatte Milk Frother
Date: 28/02/12, updated on 28/02/12 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use and clean, cheap to buy, and fun to use.
Disadvantages: Another gadget to clutter up the cupboards when not in use ;-)
Apparently I'm quite an awkward person to buy for (I don't think so, but it's what others tell me), so when it comes to Birthdays and Christmas, I do get some interesting and different gadgets. This one came from a good friend of mine who knows I rather like gadgets.
What you get is a device which basically looks a bit like an oddly shaped hand whisk. It has a long very skinny spindle with a miniature whisk head on the one end, and the handle which is also the motor and battery pack at the other.
To use it, you very simply place the Aerolatte frother down into the bottom of the mug or jug of warmed milk, and turn it on by pressing the button on the side. Bob it up and down a bit within the milk making sure you don't lift it out of the liquid or you'll get splashed, and after a few seconds you have frothy milk.
Ok all sounds nice and simple doesn't it - well to be perfectly honest it is. The device is dead easy to use, and works pretty well as long as you follow the instructions and use full fat milk. If you use semi skimmed it takes a bit longer to get that lovely frothiness to occur and of course if you like to be healthy and use skimmed milk you could be stood there for quite a while, and don't expect the froth you get to be anything like as light or bubbly.
Power - as this is battery powered and you can use rechargeable batteries in it without any problem, it's pretty environmentally friendly to use and quite economical too. Replacing the batteries is simple - the cover on the handle comes off, pop in 2 AA batteries and pop the cover back on.
I'm not really a coffee drinker, so other than doing this for after dinner coffees when we've had folk over for a meal, I don't really use this as it's intended much. A more preferred use in our household tends to be when my young niece comes over and we make frothy milkshake with it! If you do this, I would say do yourself a favour, and don't fill the mug/glass too full of milk before you begin. If you do then it does tend to get a little messy (specially with a two and a half year old helping!). With my niece, I normally use just a half a cup of milk, then let her put her hand on the handle and then I pop mine over the top and do the button pressing and guide the device in the milk - this way we get less splashes and she still feels she's helping too (she also gets to help flavour the milk and taste test it of course!)
Cleaning this is simple too - just hold the head down into the washing up water, turn it on (without letting the battery pack bit get wet obviously), and it sort of cleans itself to be honest. Drying does need to be left to nature as it wouldn't really be possible to get a cloth in there to dry the whisk part properly, but air drying is better anyway lol so that's ok.
Once it is dry I just pop it back in its own little case that came with it, and back in the cupboard - so easy really.
Overall, a neat little gadget that can make after dinner coffee a little more special, and helps with good fun in making frothy milkshake with a small child too. Priced at a quite affordable £6.75 on the amazon website I think it's quite a fun gadget to own or to gift to someone.
Summary: A tidy little gadget that's easily affordable and simple to use.