Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cream - Real Cream

Our goats are giving us about 2 gallons of milk a day right now. One in the morning, of course, and one in the evening. That is a LOT of milk for two people! I trade some for eggs and some for produce, but still....

Here you can see 2 gallons of milk warming up to 40 degrees C. on the stove:

We recently purchased a cream separator. It was made in Russia and so we had to buy an electric converter box. This was our very first time separating cream from our goat milk. The machine worked easily and from the the two gallons, we ended up with about a pint of Very Heavy Cream.

After it was chilled in the refrigerator, you can see how thick it is:

I need to separate some more and then I'll have a whole quart and I think I'll make butter. I did add a little to our mashed potatoes for supper tonight and that was very nice. When I do make the butter, I will report back here.


  1. Wow, that is REALLY thick. I bet it will make awesome butter. You should try making some whipped cream. Yum!

  2. No kidding that is thick. That is a LOT thicker than the heavy cream you get at the store. That is amazing. Does that make you goat milk skim milk now?

  3. It already looks like whipped cream! Lucky you!

    I was under the impression that you couldn't separate cream from goat's milk? Guess I was wrong.

  4. The thing is that the milk fat in goat milk is in much smaller little pieces, and does not readily rise to the top. It will, eventually, but you have to let it sit for a number of days. With unhomogenized cow's milk, the cream will rise overnight!

  5. Autumn, yes, the milk that comes off is skim milk. There is a tiny amount of cream left in it. I am going to dilute it 1/10 and use it for fertilizer in my garden.

  6. Oh what lovely cream. We purchase raw cows milk and love the cream that rises to the top. Yummy!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my needle book tutorial. You are right. They would make lovely gifts.

  7. How many goats do you milk?

    That is an interesting seperator.

    Thanks for your encouraging words.

  8. Debbio, I milk 2 goats right now. One of them gives about 13 pounds of milk a day and the other around 5 to 6.

    You're welcome. I felt SO bad for you! It is so hard on me if someone treats me badly like that and I just wanted to swoop in and carry you off!

  9. Hello! That is very beautiful cream. What a feeling of satisfaction you must have. :)

    I look forward to reading your post on butter! Have a wonderful afternoon, Robin

  10. Wow that looks amazing!
    I've seen that seperator on ebay, and i've also seen a manual centrifugal separator by the same company : http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/MILK-CREAM-MANUAL-CENTRIFUGAL-SEPARATOR-50L-H-BRAND-/220613859215?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item335d9c578f
    I'm thinking of buying it...have u had any experience with manual cream separators? Do you think it will work just as well as an electric one?

  11. I have not had any experience with the hand cranked separator, Razmatazz... I thought about getting it, but I was "afraid" that maybe it would be too hard to use. I like the one we have. When it came, it was not packed decently and had some damage, but the seller did replace the damaged parts. However, the manual is in Russian, so we had to watch the video on eBay and then look at the pictures in the book. :)


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