During the nineteenth century, the woman of the household was usually responsible for making cheese and butter. She would set milk out in pans to separate the cream from the milk. The thick cream would rise to the top of the pan, and she would skim it off. The cream was used to make butter.
Author: Sackett & Wilhelms Litho Co.
Benjamin Butterworth (ed.), The Growth of Industrial Art, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1892, 33.
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