skiming milk

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skiming milk

Postby hopalong » Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:30 pm

have one jersey cow I am milking.... getting about 1gal a milking..m nit really worth setting up my separator for and cleaning it so I have been using a big spoon to get the cream.. LOTS of work little results.. any help???
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Re: skiming milk

Postby dun » Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:19 pm

How long do you leave it set before skimming the cream?
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Re: skiming milk

Postby hopalong » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:47 am

2 3 days usually
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Re: skiming milk

Postby dun » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:57 am

If that dfoesn;t get you at least an inch of cream you need to try something else. I always put it in a large open pan so there was more surface area.
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Re: skiming milk

Postby snake67 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:35 pm

hopalong wrote:have one jersey cow I am milking.... getting about 1gal a milking..m nit really worth setting up my separator for and cleaning it so I have been using a big spoon to get the cream.. LOTS of work little results.. any help???


Here is what we did when I was a kid.

Siphon it from the bottom into a new jug and leave the top three inches in the original pail

Solves the problem

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Re: skiming milk

Postby regolith » Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:19 pm

dun wrote:If that dfoesn;t get you at least an inch of cream you need to try something else. I always put it in a large open pan so there was more surface area.


Like maybe a new cow?
Sounds like a good method to me, if the cream isn't there I'd suspect she's not giving it.
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Re: skiming milk

Postby hopalong » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:42 am

Am getting plenty of cream. just looking for a better way to skim it.. without getting a separator dirty...
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Re: skiming milk

Postby cowmilker » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:42 pm

Use a ladle.
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Re: skiming milk

Postby clayman » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:34 pm

we bought a cheap ice tea dispenser at walmart that has a spigot on the bottom. we drain the skim milk off the bottom and presto what is left is cream
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Re: skiming milk

Postby milk » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:50 pm

What a good idea. I like cheap, practical solutions to everyday problems.
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