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cream

Also Known As:  sweet cream What it is:  Additive

Cream is a dairy product that is composed of the higher-butterfat  layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. In un-homogenized milk, over time, the lighter fat rises to the top. In the industrial production of cream this process is accelerated by using centrifuges called "separators". In many countries, cream is sold in several grades depending on the total butterfat content. Cream skimmed from milk may be called "sweet cream" to distinguish it from whey cream skimmed from whey, a by-product of cheese-making.

Further reading:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream
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