I finally want to use extra heavy cream that I bought for the holidays. The expiration dates were 12/27/12 and 12/10/12 but my fridge is cold enough and things often last past the dates. The only issue is that the cream separated, and there appears to be a very thick layer of butterfat on the top. The cream below tastes and smells fine. I'm assuming it's okay to use and there's no risk of bacteria or anything. They were both pasteurized and homogenized.
If anybody thinks they should be tossed, let me know. Otherwise, I'm going to make something with them today. Thanks.