Goats Butter, Cream and Ice Cream
We put our fresh goats’ milk through a separator in the dairy, which means that we extract the cream from the milk. Some of this cream is then added back to the skimmed milk to make whole or semi-skimmed. The surplus cream we use to make our goats’ butter or double goats’ cream.
St Helen’s Farm goats’ butter is made by churning the cream in a large stainless steel vessel, which drains off the buttermilk and thickens the cream. To this, we add a small amount of colouring and salt.
The beta-carotene colour we use helps to give the butter a more attractive appearance. If we didn’t, the butter would have an ice-white colour, rather like cooking lard! The salt is to give the butter a little more flavour and to preserve the butter so that it has a reasonable shelf life once it is made.
The butter is then packed in our dairy at Seaton Ross, where we have a small wrapping machine that forms the butter into rolls before wrapping them tightly in foil. Goats’ butter can be used just like cows’ butter and is excellent in cooking. Many people remark upon its smooth and soft texture.
Our goats' butter has won many prizes at dairy shows up and down the country, and in 2011 and 2012 was awarded Gold Star status at the Great Taste Awards, which is an annual event organised by the Guild of Fine Food and is seen as the 'Oscars' of the food world.
Also in 2012, the Deliciously Yorkshire awards judged our butter to be Best Dairy product and Supreme Champion in the face of stiff competition from scores of other food and drink products from across the region.
Double goats’ cream is packed fresh each day, into small pots. The cream has a distinctive ice-white appearance and is suitable for pouring or whipping and is perfect for cooking.
It is particularly useful for making ice cream, for which we have a recipe listed under our recipe section on this website. Alternatively, we also have ways of making ice cream using our yogurt instead of cream.
As you may imagine, goats’ cream is not a huge seller and not many supermarkets stock it. Check our stockist guide for availability or call the helpline on 01430 861715 for details of your nearest stockist.
Our vanilla goats' milk ice cream is perhaps our favourite treat of all. It is made to a luxurious recipe using 100% British fresh goats’ milk and cream and delicately flavoured with Madagascan vanilla.
Smooth in texture and with a delicious taste, it is suitable for a cows’ milk free diet, uses only natural ingredients and is gluten and egg free and suitable for vegetarians.
So there is a real alternative for those of you who are avoiding cows’ milk but are fine with goats’ milk – you can now enjoy a delicious ice cream with your fruit or dessert.
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