Friendship ended with protein shaker, friendship begun with milk foamer

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Friendship ended with protein shaker, friendship begun with milk foamer

I have a tip: All the time I’ve been lifting, I’ve used a protein shaker (like so) to mix my protein powder. These honestly don’t do a perfect job and require a lot of shaking. But without going to the level of a whole motor-powered blender, they get the job done well and easily enough. When I didn’t have a shaker, I’ve just used a spoon. This barely works at all, but we have to get through the day somehow.

But recently I realized: We also have this cheapy handheld battery-powered milk foamer taking up space in the kitchen drawers that Seamus got for free as a holiday gift from some company he worked for. This thing cannot have a monetary value of more than $5. On a whim, I used it to try mixing my protein, and it WORKS. It works VERY WELL. I get a nice, perfectly smooth protein shake. And I don’t have to handwash a cup, or make sure a spout is closed before I shake it at the risk of milk and protein powder going all over the place (has happened to me way more than once, I regret to admit)!!

If you try this, make sure you have some room in the cup, because the vortex it creates can get up there. But these milk foamers (the one I have, at least) does not actually froth the milk if you keep the mixing end below the surface. You do kind of want to hold the mixing end alllmost until it contacts the air to get all those little chunks that want to sit stubbornly on the top. This would probably work even better for mixing non-milk-based shakes (e.g. orange juice and vanilla protein, an all-time combo).

The foamer/mixer I have doesn’t even have a brand name on it, but it’s basically this. If you try this, please contact me and tell me how it goes.[^1]

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[F1] Just because someone already asked: This isn't a referral link, I don't get any money for this. Even if I were set up for that, I'm just not that hard up to collect money on a $5 item. Enjoy the un-gatekeep, no strings!