How to get milk to room temperature?

I think we all have this core memory of our mothers forcing us to have milk for breakfast while we were growing up. I am sure milk is every mother’s favorite food item/ beverage. Well, apart from every mum’s favorite ingredient in the kitchen, milk is found in every household and used in numerous ways, including baking, feeding the kids, making smoothies, shakes, and much more. However, sometimes bringing milk to room temperature from its chilled state can get a little tricky, especially when you are out of time. We have made this task easier for you, and you will thank us. We figured out that there are two main ways to bring milk to room temperature.

Follow these hacks to bring down the temperature of the milk

1. Microwave


If you’re in a real hurry, the microwave can come to your rescue. However, be cautious as it’s easy to overheat the milk.

  • Pour the milk into a microwave-safe container.
  • Heat it on 50% power for 15-second intervals, stirring after each interval.
  • Check the temperature after each interval to ensure you don’t overheat it.

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2. Manually


This is one of the most popular methods used by bakers worldwide. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Take a bowl larger than the container holding your milk.
  • Fill the larger bowl with warm tap water.
  • Place the container with milk into the bowl of warm water. Ensure that the milk container is sealed, so no water gets in.
  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Stir the milk and check its temperature. If it’s not warm enough, let it sit for another 5 minutes.

3. Double Boiler Method

This method is a bit more time-consuming than the microwave but offers more control over the heating process.

  • Fill a pot with an inch or two of water and place it on the stove over medium heat.
  • Once the water is warm, place a heat-safe bowl or smaller pot containing the milk on top of the pot with water. This creates a double boiler.
  • Stir the milk occasionally and check the temperature until it reaches the desired warmth.

4. Heating Pad Method

If you have a heating pad at home, it can be an unconventional but effective way to warm your milk.

  • Place the heating pad on a flat surface and set it to medium heat.
  • Put the container of milk on top of the heating pad.
  • Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally and checking the temperature.

Precautions to Take

While these methods are effective, there are some precautions you should keep in mind:

  • Avoid Overheating: Always check the temperature of the milk regularly to prevent it from getting too hot. Overheated milk can change the consistency of your recipe and may even curdle.
  • Use a Thermometer: If you’re unsure about the temperature, use a kitchen thermometer. Room temperature is typically around 70°F (21°C).
  • Stir Regularly: This ensures even heating and prevents the formation of a skin on the surface of the milk.

Why Not Just Leave It Out?

You might wonder, why not just leave the milk out on the counter? While this can bring milk to room temperature, it’s not the safest method. Bacteria can multiply rapidly in milk that’s left out, making it unsafe to consume. It’s always best to use quicker methods to warm milk or plan ahead and take out the milk an hour or two before you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How long does it take to get milk to room temp?

If you are using a microwave to get milk to room temperature, it will take 30-40 seconds. You must pour the milk into a container, microwave it for 10-second intervals and stir occasionally between these intervals. Repeating the process 3-4 times will bring the milk to the required temperature.

2. How do you bring refrigerated milk to room temperature?

Refrigerated milk can be brought to room temperature by simply using a microwave at 20% power or pouring it into a vessel and heating it up on a gas stove.

3. What is the room temperature for milk?

The room temperature for milk is known to be 22-24 Degrees Celcius or 70-72 Degrees Fahrenheit.

4. How long does milk last at room temperature after boiling?

Milk that has been boiled can be kept outside for around 4 hours to bring it to room temperature


We hope these small hacks to bring down the milk temperature to room temperature were helpful to our readers. Stay tuned if you want more such food-related informational articles!

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