Seperating Cream from the Milk

So much milk! This cow is giving between 1and 3 gallons of milk a day, and that’s after sharing with her calf! Goodness. However, with the milk comes cream. Yummy, yummy cream. The problem then becomes how do you seperate cream from the milk.

There’s a few different ways. You could use a separator, but holy cow (see what I did there?:)) they are expensive. We don’t have a lot of income lying around that I could afford something like that, so we have to do it the old fashioned way; by hand.

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The cream line in a gallon of raw milk


The darker part of this gallon of milk, on the top is the cream line. Once we have the milk in the fridge for a bit, usually over night, the cream rises to the top of the container (There is a lighter line just under that, this is the light cream).

We separate the cream by using a ladle and a deep spoon. Using the line as my guide, I dip into the jar and pull up that rich, creamy goodness. Then we put it in another container to be used later.
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Terrible picture, but you get the idea.

We also use a jar with the spigot on it. My favorite method, because it’s easy and because then the kids can pour their own milk. Then, when the line gets to the cream, we just skim the cream out of the jar and use it, wash the jar and add more milk.
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And that’s it. Nice refreshing milk, with the cream on the side. 🙂

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