Thursday, April 7, 2011

Separating Cream

   Yesterday afternoon I drove over to a local Amish area of the county.  I just love seeing all the gardens, livestock, and buggies.  One of my favorite places to visit is a little, family owned dairy.  Talk about good cheese!  This little Amish gal makes some of the best cheese I have ever tasted.  I just couldn't resist some homemade pepper jack to bring home with my milk.

   So today, after my 2 gallons of milk have had a chance to sit quietly and separate, I removed the cream for butter and buttermilk.  I really want a manual cream separator, but for now this method works well enough and requires materials that most people already have in their kitchen.  You will need your milk, glass jars to put the cream in, and a kitchen baster (I use a cheapie one from Wally World).  Handle your milk carefully so your cream stays seperated.  Don't try to pour the cream out, I promise that won't work.  Some people have luck putting their milk in a wide mouth jar or bowl and using a spoon, but this is the method that works best for me.
   When suctioning the cream out, go slowly so you don't get the milk too.  I always leave a small amount of cream, one because it's near impossible to get it all without getting the milk too, and two because we like the milk with some cream left in it.   These two gallons gave me about five cups of cream.  For a tutorial on turning all that sweet cream into butter please visit Making Butter.  

2 comments:

  1. Great post! I've been trying to learn all I can about separating cream, etc, since our first cow is due to freshen in July. How neat that you have Amish folk so close, I would love that. But, unfortunately, there aren't very many out here in WY. :)

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  2. loving this post too....we live farm from Amish
    about 2 hours..but I can find milk from a local dairy,at my grocery store..It comes in glass bottles and is filled with cream at the top...such a joy. Yesterday I attempted to spoon it into a mason jar...I would love to make some fresh butter oh wow....how much fun would that be....

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