How fresh is "fresh"? I, being new to butter making, often skim the cream off the milk so it can be used for drinking. I refrigerate the cream in quart jars and push them back behind the milk jars. So when I decide to make butter, I have several jars of cream to work with. How long is the cream good in the refrigerator for making butter? A few days, a few weeks? Thanks for your help.
If you plan on storing cream to make a big batch of butter later, you'll want to culture it first. Look up how to make "creme fraiche". Fresh raw cream has fairly poor keeping abilities due to the volatile nature of large fat globules (it picks up flavors easily, goes rancid, takes on its own weird cultures....) It will become much more stable once cultured and can keep for 1-3 weeks in the fridge. Cultured butter has a delicious complex flavor that is surprisingly mild considering how sour the cream can be. Cultured butter also keeps better and usually has a higher fat %.
Belle - Normande x Jersey cow Willow - NZ Jersey heifer Pringle and Bandit - heifer calves
I like chives, but I think they might be better added just before use.
Big Moo (dexter cow), Belle (jersey cow) Little Moo (dexter steer), Jack (lowline steer), Ziggy (lowline x dexter steer), Flora (lowline cow), Jaffa (dexter x red angus cow), Sorcha (jersey x highland heifer), Annie (jersey heifer), Panda & Oxboy (jersey steers), Vienna, Ari & Spring (calves). 8 sheep (dorper and awassi x white dorper), 2 cats (Sarge, Hoot & Jasmine), Finn& Poppy the Amazing Maremmas, 18 chooks.
Cream goes back rapidly once separated - and depending on how discerning your tongue is...you may only have 2-3 days before it's gone sharp.
My suggestion for you - if you want sweet cream butter - when you skim the cream, freeze it immediately. Then thaw once you have enough for a batch and make your butter then. Will still be sweet! (Freezing can also help turn cream to butter faster)
Jersey cow family: Samson's Rosita (age 4) & Virtuoso Briar Rose (age 2) An Akita, some kitty cats, Border Leicester sheep & hens
claytonpaul: A bull was put on her herd Late Last May so she was expected to be due between May1 and August. They quoted me August so I wouldn't be disappointing by a late arrival.
May 23, 2019 13:07:11 GMT -5
Trim: I'm baaaaacccckkkk!
Aug 31, 2019 17:57:22 GMT -5
alpacalexi: My mini jersey cow is pregnant, however the last couple days her udder has deflated. My vet saw her on the 23 and said delivery in a couple weeks Is there a reason for her deflating?
Oct 2, 2019 17:17:00 GMT -5
Trim: She probably aborted a while back. That happened to one of my animals. She was bagging up but within a short while of her "due date" she began to deflate. I had no idea what had happened. I was seriously bummed out.
Feb 8, 2020 20:46:23 GMT -5
mamacherri10: good afternoon! I have not been on the website in a long time. Have a new jersey milk cow and am looking to see how long she needs to be dried up prior to calving? She is due the third week of May.
Mar 10, 2020 14:33:11 GMT -5
steven888: Dry her up now, she needs 6 wks of rest.
Apr 1, 2020 2:05:11 GMT -5
highlandteen: five to six weeks is generally suggested
May 7, 2020 14:39:23 GMT -5
biubiu: I think that CBD oil will be more popular. Because in is nice product for medicine and for simple guys.
Sept 15, 2020 14:31:42 GMT -5
guernseygirl: Can someone let me know if my pictures are showing up in the Auction Barn post? There should be 5 photos
Sept 20, 2020 20:58:54 GMT -5
wyatt: I treat cow s like people when doctoring.
Dec 15, 2020 22:54:52 GMT -5
This book is intended as an inspirational manual for keeping a family milk cow. A lifetime of practical experience has been bound into one volume. Practical advice for the everyday and procedures for cow emergencies. Plus, answers to FAQ's like, 'Should you get a cow?' and 'How Much Space do I need?'