How to Make Butter + Video

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Learn how to make butter with just two ingredients; it’s fun and easy! Plus, you’ll have fresh, creamy butter on hand whenever you need it.

How to Make Butter

The cost to buy dairy products is always changing. But when you have
homemade butter in your freezer, you won’t need to worry when the prices
go up!

It is perfect on our 4-ingredient beer bread.

This is a fun food science project for kids, too. It will fascinate them as they watch liquid become a solid,
right before their eyes!

using the mixer to make butter

Ingredients for homemade butter

This recipe makes about one cup or 8 ounces (2 sticks) of butter.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
how to make butter in a bowl

Yes, believe it or not, those two simple ingredients are all that you will need!

That being said, a lot of baking recipes call for unsalted butter. If that is what you want, just leave out the salt.

In case you are wondering if there are substitutes for heavy cream in butter, the answer is, no.

You cannot make butter from milk, or from half and half. This is because those dairy products do not have enough fat in them.

Butter in a strainer

Kitchen tools you will need

  • High-speed mixer, with the whip attachment
  • Fine mesh strainer or sieve
  • Large bowl or pitcher
homemade butter in strainer

RECIPE TIPS

Here are a few tips to help you make the perfect batch of creamy, homemade butter.

  1. Be sure that the heavy cream is very cold. You can even place it into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before you start to churn it.
  2. When it’s time to squeeze excess water from the butter, don’t be shy. Give it a good, firm squeeze! You want to be sure to remove as much water as possible.
  3. To prevent a lot of butter from getting between your fingers, hold it between the palms of your hands.
ball of homemade butter

How to make butter

  1. Pour the cold cream and salt (if you’re making salted butter) into your stand mixer.
  2. Whip the cream at high speed until it separates. *NOTE: The cream will thicken a lot before it begins to separate. This process will take roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. After it separates, pour the contents through a fine-mesh strainer that is set on top of a large bowl or pitcher. *NOTE: The liquid that strains through is known as buttermilk. However, it is NOT the same as buttermilk that you buy at the store.

    To make cultured buttermilk, you will need to add an acid, such as vinegar, lemon, juice, or cultured yogurt to the buttermilk liquid.

    Stir it in, then allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. As a result, the acid will curdle and the cultured buttermilk will thicken.

    At that point, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. it can be used to make buttermilk pancakes, muffins, dressing, or anything else that calls for cultured buttermilk.

  4.  Rinse the butter with 2 cups of cold water, then squeeze it firmly between the palms of your hands to remove all of the liquid.

    The rinsing process is necessary because the water removes any traces of buttermilk that are on the butter.

  5.  Place the butter in a bowl, or form it into sticks and wrap them in waxed paper.
Plate of butter

HOW TO STORE BUTTER

Store your homemade butter in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Or, place it in a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Now that you know how to make butter yourself, the next step is to decide how you want to use it!

Our recommendation? Spread it onto a slice of warm, homemade Amish bread!

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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butter on a slice of bread

 


Plate of three slices and block of butter

How to Make Butter + Video

Donna Elick
Learn how to make butter with just two ingredients; it’s fun and easy! Plus, you’ll have fresh, creamy butter on hand whenever you need it.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 1 cup or 2 sticks

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon table salt

Instructions
 

  • Pour the cold cream and salt into your stand mixer. You can also use a food processor or an electric whisk.
  • Whip the cream until it separates. It will really thicken before it begins to separate. It will take roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
  • After it separates, pour the contents through a fine-mesh strainer that is set on top of a large bowl or pitcher. *NOTE
  • Rinse the butter with 2 cups cold water, squeeze butter to remove all of the water.
  • Place in bowl or form into sticks, by wrapping in wax or parchment paper and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Video

Donna’s Notes

The liquid that strains through is known as buttermilk. However, it is NOT the same as buttermilk that you buy at the store.
To make cultured buttermilk, you will need to add an acid, such as vinegar, lemon, juice, or cultured yogurt to the buttermilk liquid. I would use about a tablespoon
Stir it in, then allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 24 hours. As a result, the acid will curdle and the cultured buttermilk will thicken.
At that point, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. it can be used to make buttermilk pancakes, muffins, dressing, or anything else that calls for cultured buttermilk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 2428cal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 258g | Saturated Fat: 164g | Cholesterol: 807mg | Sodium: 2518mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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4 Comments

  1. I love homemade butter! But it's just too expensive for everyday use. I can buy a pound cheaper than the cream for 8 oz. I'll still make it for special occasions though.

  2. Making butter was the very first thing I did when I got my first Kitchenaid mixer. My son thought it was really cool because we used it to make our own garlic butter.

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