Monday, February 22, 2010
The Slivki Problem
This morning I visited a cake factory that uses enormous quantities of slivki - Russian sweet cream. The grease sticks to the municipal sewage pipes and produces obturations. The owner was unfriendly: I know how to make cream cakes, you are the expert in whatever the municipality wants from me. He hates the very idea of having to spend money in something doesnt bother him. I have to think something, as a regular sized FOG interceptor will not be effective enough. The cream is composed of the higher-butterfat layer skimmed from the top of milk before homogenization. It has about 50% butterfat and has thickening agents and stabilisers added. This malevolent white gooey will not separate from the water and it sticks to the pipes.
This slivki (sweet cream) (and not smetana as I originally wrote) is a headache - and I love it too much. (Thanks to K. for the correction: it is slivki and not smetana, which is sour cream).