Post by rileycows on Sept 22, 2020 16:06:27 GMT -5
Because I’m just milking Nutmeg, I wait about 3 or 4 days and get a good amount of cream. Around day 3 the cream gets really thick and I just skim it off with a slotted spoon and turn the milk into ricotta cheese. Then the whey hoes to the dogs and cats. Those guys love butter day!
The fresher the better, if uncultured. If hand skimming then the cream needs 24-72 hours of resting in the fridge before skimming. I always make cultured butter so while I culture the cream as soon as possible (either 2-3 days/hand skimmed or just-milked if mechanically separated), once it is nicely cultured it's fine to store in the fridge for a week or so.
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Post by neilcreekfarmer on Sept 22, 2020 22:57:17 GMT -5
I hand skim the cream from gallon jars I usually keep in fridge for at least 24 hours.
I read in The Family Cow book that cream that comes from different jars, whether milk is from the same milking or not, when pooled together it needs some time to get “accustomed” to each other, and then I knew why my cream sometimes would just not turn.
Leaving mine in the same jar for at least few hours after it’s been skimmed did the trick.
Longer if I want it cultured.
Don’t have any experience with cream separators, unfortunately. Owned mine for 5 years and never used it once😶.
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