Learn the simple steps on how to separate cream from raw milk. You will get to enjoy fresh cream in your coffee, homemade butter, ice-cream and more.
We have been getting farm fresh milk from a local farmer for quite some time. One of the greatest benefits of getting fresh milk is the amount of cream I skim off the top.
How to Separate Cream from Raw Milk in a Jar
Being a beginner homesteader one of my future goals is to have my own family milk cow. We have been doing quite a bit of research as to what breed of a cow we will eventually add to our homestead. But, we aren’t quite to that point in our lives to invest in one. Currently, I am very thankful that we have several local farmers who are willing to share their dairy products with us.
I had been purchasing organic cream from the grocery store. However, we use quite a bit of cream in our home, and it was getting rather costly. I can purchase a gallon of milk and use the cream off the top for a much lower price than getting both from the local store.
What is Raw Milk with Cream
Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. When milk is pasteurized it undergoes a process of heating the milk to a high enough temperature so it kills enzymes that are healthy. Milk is then homogenized which is a process of breaking down the fat molecules so they stay together and don’t separate as cream and it gives the milk a smooth, even consistency.
Raw milk is milk which comes from pastured cows and has not undergone any kind of processing. It contains all of the fats. There is some controversy surrounding raw milk and it is even illegal in some areas. However, I personally can’t drink store bought milk without it making me sick, but I can consume raw farm fresh milk.
Interested in finding your own source of raw milk? You can look here for a location near you.
How to Separate Raw Cream from Fresh Milk | Measuring Cup Method
- During transport of the milk from the farmer back to your home, the milk can get shook up and mixed with the cream. So, once you get your jars of milk home, put it in the fridge and wait for the cream to rise to the top. This can take about 24 hours. When I pick our milk up, it already shows the cream line. However, I still allow the milk to sit in the fridge before I start to skim the cream off the top.
- I use a measuring cup to remove the cream as it something I always have within easy reach. A 1/4 cup generally fits the best inside my half gallon jars. Search for the cream line on the jar so you know about how far down the cream is located.
- Gently place the measuring cup into the cream and allow the cream to fill into the measuring cup. Be careful to not go very deep because you don’t want to get down into the milk. I always leave some cream in the top of the jar because it makes the milk taste even more delicious!
- Scoop the cream out and place it into a separate jar. Keep repeating until you have the amount you wish to take off the top.
- Place a lid on the cream jar and store it in the fridge.
How to Store Raw Milk | Glass Mason Jar Storage
It is very important to handle raw milk safely. If you get it from a local farmer, know your farmer. You should know they are handling your raw milk in a safe way. You should know if they are careful to keep their equipment clean and sanitary.
I own two sets of these half gallon mason jars. I have them labeled with our last name. Each week, I take one empty set to the farmers house and leave them. Then, I pick up the set I left there the previous week. After we use a half gallon of milk, the jar is washed and placed back into the box for the next weeks milk pickup time.
Raw milk should always be kept cold and I suggest storing it towards the back of the refrigerator. Our cream is stored in quart size mason jars and also kept towards the back of the refrigerator as well.
More Ways on How to Separate Raw Cream from Milk
Spigot Glass Jar: Using a spigot glass jar allows you to use the milk first and then eventually all that is left is the cream. To use this method pour your milk into the glass jar and then let the cream settle on the top. Generally, 24 hours will be enough time. To get the milk, open the spigot. Eventually, all that will be left in the jar is the cream.
Personally, I have never tried this method. I always need the cream off the top before my family can finish a gallon of milk.
I also have a few concerns about using the spigot method. One of them being the spigot could get clogged. The other, that it would be hard to get it clean enough. When working with raw dairy, it is so important to make sure everything stays very clean.
Stainless Steel Ladle: This is the same process of using a measuring cup, it just has a longer handle if you need to dip further into the jar.
How to Use Fresh Raw Cream
So, you have the cream. Now, what do you do with it? There are so many things you can do with cream! Having it for my morning coffee is such an essential part of my day. I love to use it for homemade ice-cream, homemade butter and heavy whipping cream.