How To Heat Milk On Stove Without Accidentally Scalding It

Typically, the milk can be stored in the fridge for a long period without being spoiled.

The common practice is that any type of milk, from plant-based like buttermilk to animal-originated like cow milk, can still retain its flavor even after being frozen.

However, reheating frost milk is not an easy case, like storing it. Without proper technique, this milk can be boiled, be scalded, and, worse, be spoiled.

So, let’s read this article to learn how to heat milk on stove.

How To Heat Milk On Stove – Using The Double Boiler Technique

Heating milk by a stovetop seems to be easy as a piece of cake, but in fact, it’s not. Heating the milk with the wrong process will cause such a mess for your kitchen, which is so irritating, right?

Therefore, let me offer you the best way to heat up milk in a quick 4 steps process of double boiling.

1. Add A Moderate Amount Of Water Into A Deep Pot To Warm Up

How To Heat Milk On Stove by Adding Water

The first step is to add water into a small stove pot. Water should be added first because it is better to have water as a “base” to warm up the pot.

However, we advise you to just pour only a couple of inches of water into the sauce. And, most importantly, turn on the stove and sim at low heat. 

Please be aware not to turn on the temperature to the highest mode because suppose you pour milk into hot water, the sudden change in heat will make your milk unfurl and appear clumps.

2. Cover The Pot With A Small Bowl

cover the pot with a bowl

After pouring water and turning up the pot, now the pot is quite warm. Then, place a heatproof bowl over the saucepan.

Please remember to select the one that is small enough to sit within the pan but not too deep to reach the water surface.

The reason for covering the bowl over the pot is for keeping the heat inside the pot. Given that fact, the temperature will not fluctuate suddenly and cause the milk scalding and spoiling later.

Moreover, this step is to remain the temperature stable so that when pouring milk inside the pot, milk is still kept warm until being taken out to use.

3. Pour Milk Into The Pot

Pour Milk Into The Pot

The next step of the process is to pour milk into the bowl that covers the pan. Try to retain the heat low so the water inside can continue to simmer. Then, slowly pour milk into the bowl.

Please note that you mustn’t add milk when the temperature is too high because the sudden temperature change can cause the milk scalding and unfurling.

It means that the milk’s chemical composition was broken then. As a result, the milk tastes weird and harmful.

4. Adjust The Temperature

Adjust The Temperature

During the simmering process, remember to stir up the pot periodically until you can see bubbles submerge on the water surface, and steam arises.

When steam and bubbles appear, the milk is already reheated. Take the milk out of the stovetop, and it’s ready to use.

You can cool down the milk or still use it warm immediately after cooking according to your need.

However, it’s impossible to confirm the exact amount of time you should heat the milk because it varies on the milk you chose: its temperature when storing, the amount of milk, the type of milk.

Some Tips For Heating Milk On The Stove

Cook In Low Heat

When mentioning the term “heating,” many people thought it is a must to boil the milk at a high temperature to be cooked as fast as possible. But it is, in fact, the wrong assumption.

There is a fixed heat range on the stove that cooks should know. Specifically, the boiling temperature of the milk is 180 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be achieved after 30 to 40 minutes within the stovetop’s medium-low mode. 

Given that fact, turning on the heat may burn the milk, break its “composition,” but choosing a low heat can still boil the milk successfully after just 30 minutes, so why not, right?

Place The Heat Diffuser

To add-in to the first tip, “Cook in low heat,” we also advise you to buy and place a heat diffuser under the bottom of the pot while cooking.

What is a heat diffuser? In short, it is a device used in diffusing the heat exploded from the fire, and consequently, drops the temperature of a fire.

Therefore, a heat diffuser can stabilize the heat, avoiding the explosion of heat. Additionally, decreasing the heat can keep the milk from being scalding.

Use A Thermometer

We can see that most families don’t have a habit of checking temperature by a professional thermometer, but rather “checking by eyesight,” which is so wrong.

To clarify, it is impossible to keep track of the heat. By experience and by sight, you can’t see whether the milk is boiled internally or not, right?

You can also not control the sudden rising of temperature; meanwhile, the fluctuation can cause the milk heating process.

That being said, having a professional thermometer which can provide exact degrees at any time is a great option for preventing you from making your normal, tasty milk into boiling milk.


We have gone through the ultimate guideline on how to heat milk on stove. The process is not too complicated, but it requires carefulness and keenness to retain the original taste.

Hope this post is useful in teaching you the proper technique of reheating milk on the stove. Thank you for reading!

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