During the nineteenth century, the woman of the household was usually responsible for making butter and cheese. She would use cream, skimmed from milk, to make butter in a butter churn.
“Churns.No. 3. Dutch Mode of Operating,” 1892, United States Patent Office, The Growth of Industrial Art, Benjamin Butterworth (ed.), p. 34, Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co., OVS+ 609 Un3 c.3, 8 x 11 cm. (image) 42 x 51 cm. (book), NYSHA Library General Collection