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|Strain one gallon of fresh milk into a clean, shallow, large pan and allow the container to situncovered and undisturbed-in your refrigerator for 24 hours. The next day, take the pan from the fridge and-with a large spooncarefully skim off the cream that has risen to the top and store it in the refrigerator in a sterile, tightly covered jar. (The skim milk can be used in cooking, in cottage cheese, or as a tasty treat for your livestock.)
Note: So far, I've had no problem with "off flavors" in my milk or cream. As long as your utensils and refrigerator are reasonably clean, you shouldn't have any trouble either. Just don't store garlic or onions next to the milk.
Repeat the foregoing procedure on a daily basis until you've accumulated one pint of heavy cream in your jar. This should take about five days, if you skim a gallon of milk per day. (Naturally, if you use two gallons of milk and two large pans, you can cut this time in half.) When you've collected a pint of cream, you'll be ready to make butter.
(from Mother Earth News but no longer online, I used google's cache)
Due to the smallness. of the fat globules, separation will normally be incomplete unless a cream separator is used. A cream separator, if available, will recover practically all the butterfat. If a separator is not available, the milk can be set in a shallow pan and brought to the scalding point by slow gentle heating. The milk is then set aside in a cool place, and in ten or twelve hours the cream may be removed in thick layer.
Originally Posted by RAF
Will you eat eggs? I add raw egg yolks to our smoothies and sometimes even yogurt that will be consumed right away to up the vitamin/fat content. Of course, lots of people are squeamish about raw egg, so I don't know if that is something you would go for.
Originally Posted by Yooper
On a related note.....
Is it OK to freeze raw milk? Our provider takes the milk directly from the pail to a freezer. I know the rule that once something is thawed you are not suppose to refreeze it. So canI still make ice cream and popsicles out of thawed goat milk? I hope so since dd is currently chewing on a goat milk-stawberry popsicle.
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