How to make cream from raw milk?

In this brief guide, we will discuss the following question, “how to make cream from raw milk?”, the different methods of separating cream from raw milk, and other queries related to this topic.

How to make cream from raw milk? 

To make cream from milk you need to separate the cream from the milk. Raw milk is a mixture of fresh cream and milk. However, the milk is heavier than the cream so the two phases will separate. The cream will rise to the top and the milk will sink to the bottom.

But to make the cream, you should have farm-fresh milk, and there are several ways to do the separation. 

Separation using a jar

This is the easiest way to separate milk from the cream.

When you use fresh non-homogenized milk and after sitting in your fridge for a few hours you may notice that there is a noticeable line where the milk separates from the cream. That is a cream line, and the raw cream has settled at the top of the jar, so you easily remove it using a spoon or a ladle. 

To differentiate between the cream and the milk, the cream is thick and yellowish-white, while the milk will appear much thinner.

Separation using a gallon-sized iced tea/lemonade container

Moreover, using a gallon-sized iced tea/lemonade container is also a method for separation.

Pour your milk into the container and let it rest for 24 hours, after you see the cream line open the spigot at the bottom. Now the skimmed milk will come out, leaving the cream line floating at the top. 

Separation using a turkey blaster

Use a large turkey baster to efficiently remove the cream from the top of the milk. Squeeze the bulb and insert it into the layer of cream, then release it. Once the bulb has fully re-inflated, the baster is full.

Gently squeeze the baster and fill a separate container with the cream. Repeat until there is about an inch of cream left to avoid pulling off too much milk with it.

Separation using a cream separator

Buying a cream separator is a little bit expensive, also they are humongous so they take a place if you wanted to put them in your kitchen.

What is raw milk?

Raw milk comes from pastured cows and has not undergone any processing like pasteurization or homogenization.

Usually, store bought milk undergoes several processes. During the pasteurization, the milk undergoes heating to a high temperature, which kills healthy enzymes.

After milk pasteurization, we have the homogenization, a process of breaking down the fat molecules to increase their self-life and ensure it stays together and doesn’t separate as cream, and it gives the milk a smooth, even consistency.

How to store raw milk? 

Raw milk should always be kept cold, ideally in the back of the refrigerator. Also, It is essential to get it from a local and known farmer.

How to use fresh raw cream?

There are many things and many recipes to do with your fresh raw creams such as homemade ice cream, homemade butter, homemade cottage cheese, homemade sour cream, whipping cream, and many others.

How to make sour cream from raw milk?

There are many ways to make sour cream from raw milk but here is a method to make it using only two ingredients.

Once you take the cream from raw milk, place one quart of it in a bowl then sprinkle one package of sour cream starter, which you can find here, then stir the mixture. Put it in a jar, cover it with a towel and let it rest for 12 hours in a warm place. After that, cover it with a lid and store it in the fridge for 3 weeks.

Use it with your favorite Mexican dish or baked potatoes or in baking. It gives recipes that are rich and have an extra special taste.

If you do not have raw cream, you can use pasteurized heavy cream or heavy whipping cream to do this recipe. However, do not use ultra-pasteurized cream because the results can be inconsistent.

Other FAQs about Cream that you may be interested in.

Can you freeze 5 cream?

Can you freeze 18% cream?

Can you freeze 10 cream?


In this brief guide, we discussed the following question, “how to make cream from raw milk?” the different methods of separating cream from raw milk, and other queries related to this topic.

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