Cream is a dairy product composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization.
Cream is a dairy product composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, the fat, which is less dense, will eventually rise to the top. In the industrial production of cream, this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called “separators”. In many countries, cream is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. Cream can be dried to a powder for shipment to distant markets. Cream has high levels of saturated fat.
Cream skimmed from milk may be called “sweet cream” to distinguish it from whey cream skimmed from whey, a by-product ofcheese-making. Whey cream has a lower fat content and tastes more salty, tangy and “cheesy”.In many countries, cream is usually sold partially fermented: sour cream, crème fraîche, and so on.
Cream has many culinary uses in sweet, bitter, salty and tangy dishes.