The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

What is cream?

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Cream is a thick white liquid formed on top of unhomogenised milk. It has a fat content of 20–50%. Commercially cream is produced using a cream separator machine.

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Cream is the thick white or pale-yellow liquid that naturally rises to the top when unhomogenised milk is left to stand. Is has a fat content of 20–50% and is often used as an accompaniment to desserts or as an ingredient in sweet or savoury dishes. Commercially, cream is produced by spinning milk at a high speed in a special machine, which allows the cream to easily form a layer at the top of the liquid to then separate it from the milk and to pack it as cream.

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