Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Cranking Out The Cream

Last year, Deb went over to her dad's place and came home with an old McCormick-Deering 2S Cream Separator. I guess it was on the farm when her dad bought the place, way back in 1972.

It has been in the corner of an old shed on his place, ever since. I'm not sure, but I don't think he ever used it.

It was buried pretty deep back in the corner of the shed, with years of collecting put in front of it. Her dad and brother dug it out, then rinsed it off pretty good.

We aren't quite in need of such a large model yet - Daisy is still a month (at least) from calving, and Mabel doesn't give much per day. It was one of those things were we wanted to run the machine to see how (or IF..) it worked, so it would be ready for the real thing when the time came.

We're not even sure where we want to put it, and haven't even bolted it to the floor yet! It won't take long once we figure out where to put it, but it might take some time to decide. Deb said she would like it if I could store it on the porch, and I could drag it into the kitchen when we used it.

Uh....nope.....

We need a "Summer Kitchen" like we had when I was little. That way, everything of that nature was kept out of the main house, and it also kept the heat of cooking out of the house in the summer.

At any rate, the separator worked like it should, and was a lot easier (and quicker) than the table top model we have.

Here is an "action shot":

Using the old Separator

And one of some old balding guy we have around here as a slav....er...."hired hand", running the crank:

Using the old Separator

We won't use it much until Daisy comes in milk, but at least we know it works.

9 comments:

  1. No I didn't say I wanted you to drag it into the kitchen everytime we needed to use it...I'm not THAT stupid! I SAID "I wish we could have it in here (meaning the kitchen, since thats where we were) but I don't know where we would put it"! Big difference. Like I would make you move it every time it needed used...duh, it IS HEAVY! Need to put your hearing aid in!!! *giggle*

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  2. I'll just get the "Hired Hand" to do it....

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  3. That is in excellent, beautiful condition! Excellent find. We have a DeLaval floor model. You wouldn't happen to need the manual for that would you? I've got a photocopy. BTW I'm ToshsHeritageFarm on Familycow proboards.

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  4. Just too cool Dasch, We had the exact same seperator on the family farm.

    Crane Man

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  5. How does a seperator work?

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  6. It uses a series of cones inside a "bowl" that spins at a high rate of speed. As the milk flows through, the cream is forced through the cones, and to the top by centrifical force. Since the cream is lighter then the milk, the heavier milk is forced to the outside of the cones, and is forced off on a different spout then the cream. The lighter cream is forced to the center of the cones and comes off the top spout.

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  7. Wow she's a bute!!

    crowinghen from KFC board

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  8. Oh Hai..... Love the blue suede shoes.

    Crane Man

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  9. Wow....love that. You are blessed Scrounger! Have fun with it.

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