Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Judy has had nothing but THICK cream. I'm talking a rubber sheet on her milk at 12 hrs. Nothing of a thinner cream layer at all. She's always been a heavy creamer, ever since she got here, but she usually has a nice layer of thin-ish cream too.
I know I've said this, but what we do here is milk in the morning, it gets strained into our stainless pail, covered and set into the fridge. At the PM milking, we 'de-cream' the AM milk and it goes into a 2 qt canning jar, back into the fridge. Same routine with PM milk, de-cream the next AM. Every 3rd morning I have about 2 quarts plus maybe 2 cups of cream and we make butter.
Lately it's been hitting that 'whipped cream' stage and staying there a lot longer, and when it finally catches/separates, it has been in almost crumbly butter bits.
Is this a normal thing? Thicker cream normal at this stage of her lactation cycle, being on more hay than grass now and such? Not totally separating after even 45 mins in the mixer....I've done slower mixing and faster mixing; same results and not much difference in time.
Amanda noted in her comment that she has about a gallon of cream a week...we have about that as well, but I do butter in about 2-2 1/2qt increments (which gives me 1#, and sometimes 1/2 cup butter) as it seems better suited to my KA mixer. We get about 9-10 qts cream every 7 days basically. Would I do better to just hold the cream all week and make my batches in one day? We're averaging 3# and maybe a cup weekly.
Just sorting out what typical cow, milk and cream norms are. She's pretty much living on hay now until we can fence up that back section of grasses for her, but other than a much thicker cream collection, there isn't any difference in her milk and such. Still getting beautiful rich yellow butter :)
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