In a dairy, the creamery is the location of cream processing. Cream is separated from whole milk; pasteurization is done to the skimmed milk and cream separately. Whole milk for sale has had some cream returned to the skimmed milk.

The creamery is the source of butter from a dairy. While cream is an emulsion of fat-in-water, the process of churning causes a phase inversion to butter which is an emulsion of water-in-fat. Excess liquid as buttermilk is drained off in the process. While modern creameries are automatically controlled industries, the traditional creamery required skilled workers. Traditional tools included the butter churn and Scotch hands.


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  • Creamery — Cream er*y ( ?r ?), n.; pl. {Creameries} ( ?z). [CF. F. cr?meric.] 1. A place where butter and cheese are made, or where milk and cream are put up in cans for market. [1913 Webster] 2. A place or apparatus in which milk is set for raising cream.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • creamery — 1808, from Fr. crémerie, from crème (see CREAM (Cf. cream)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • creamery — ► NOUN (pl. creameries) ▪ a factory that produces butter and cheese …   English terms dictionary

  • creamery — ☆ creamery [krēm′ər ē ] n. pl. creameries [Fr crèmerie: see CREAM & ERY] 1. a place where milk and cream are pasteurized, separated, and bottled, and butter and cheese are made 2. a shop where dairy products are sold …   English World dictionary

  • creamery — UK [ˈkriːmərɪ] / US [ˈkrɪmərɪ] noun [countable] Word forms creamery : singular creamery plural creameries a place where butter and cheese are made …   English dictionary

  • creamery — [[t]kri͟ːməri[/t]] creameries N COUNT A creamery is a place where milk and cream are made into butter and cheese. Syn: dairy …   English dictionary

  • creamery — noun (plural eries) Date: 1872 an establishment where butter and cheese are made or where milk and cream are prepared or sold …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • creamery — /kree meuh ree/, n., pl. creameries. 1. a place where milk and cream are processed and where butter and cheese are produced. 2. a place for the sale of milk and its products. 3. a place where milk is set to form cream. [1870 75, Amer.; CREAM +… …   Universalium

  • creamery — noun A place where dairy products are prepared or sold …   Wiktionary

  • creamery — cream|e|ry [ˈkri:məri] n plural creameries old fashioned a place where milk, butter, cream, and cheese are produced or sold →↑dairy …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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