Even though clotted cream is a much-desired product nowadays, it was originally made by farmers because they wanted less waste from their milk. Due to the lack of definite origin for clotted cream, there’s a fair amount of rivalry between Devon and Cornwall about who makes the best! Of course, here at Kelly’s, we think Cornish clotted cream is by far the greatest. But it seems the first evidence of clotted cream being made, all the way back in the 1300s, is by the monks at Tavistock Abbey in Devon.
In around the 1800s, it was discovered that making clotted cream actually produced more cream than other methods. So, instead of making butter using milk or churning cream, people actually used clotted cream, resulting in butter which lasted even longer.
Cornish clotted cream is among the most famous, particularly as it was given Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status back in 1998. That means only milk produced in Cornwall with at least 55% fat content can be called Cornish clotted cream, making it a very special product indeed and very important to our ice cream!
10th April, 2012
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