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How To Separate Cream From Raw Milk

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Raw milk is non-homogenized milk and is taken straight from the cow or goat. It contains cream in large quantities and if you want to know How To Separate Cream From Raw Milk then read on.

Separating cream from raw milk is a fairly simple process. It can be done in three different ways:


Spigot Jar Method 

  • Pour your non-homogenized milk into this container (Spigot Jar) and secure it tightly.
  • Place the jar in a cool place for 12-24 hours.
  • You will notice a thick layer settling at the top of the jar.
  • Now, pour the milk out of spigot and when all the milk has been drained out, then layer of cream will be left behind in the jar.
  • Pour this cream layer in a separate container with a lid and store in the refrigerator.


Normal Gravity Method

  • Pour the fresh whole cow or goat milk into a shallow dish. Let the milk sit in it for at least 12-24 hours.
  • Place the dish in a cool place and let the nature (gravity) work on it.
  • Gravity will separate the milk from cream. The cream will float on top of the milk.
  • Separate the cream using a large spoon or ladle and pour it into a different container.
  • Skimmed milk will be left behind in the jar.


Centrifuged Method

  • In this method a centrifuged cream separator is used to quickly and effectively separate cream from raw milk.
  • Pour the milk into a bowl and pass it through the central tubular shaft to begin. Centrifuge the milk.
  • The faster you spin, the heavier will be the cream. The cream separates from the milk due to the force of the spin.
  • The cream is dispensed into a separate container other than the milk.
  • Store the cream in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.


The cream so obtained can be used to make butter or whipped to use as toppings in dessert and also used as coffee cream.

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How To Separate Cream From Raw Milk