Goats Butter and Cream
After separating the cream from the milk in our dairy, we then use it to churn into goats' butter or fill into pots of double goats' cream.
Churning cream into butter
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 carotene colour we use helps to give the butter a more attractive appearance, which we find is what most people prefer. Otherwise the butter would be very white, rather like cooking lard!
The salt is included to help the 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, where we have a small wrapping machine that forms the butter into our distinctive ‘D’ shaped rolls before wrapping them tightly in foil.
The health benefits
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Cream for pouring and whipping
We are the only producers of fresh goats’ cream in the country and the type we make is a double cream which is perfect for whipping or pouring.
Most of the spare cream we have is churned into butter, but we do save some for filling into small pots because we know that many people who are avoiding cows’ milk products are looking for a real alternative that can be used in cooking or poured over their favourite dessert – or for home-made ice cream!
The cream has a distinctive ice-white appearance and is available in 125g pots in selected Waitrose stores or through the online retailer Ocado.
Out of all the products we produce, we have probably won more awards for our butter than anything else.
Our goats' butter has won many prizes at dairy shows up and down the country, and in 2011, 2012 and 2013 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. Many people remark upon its smooth and soft texture and it can be used in just the same way as cows’ butter and is excellent in cooking.