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a simple real food recipe :: homemade butter… yum!

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Just call me Paula Dean… I LOVE butter!!! Butter on my popcorn. Butter on my pancakes. Butter to cook my chicken. Butter, butter, BUTTER! I won’t get into the debate about butter over margarine because butter will win every time! Haha… I love me some butter!

How to make butter logoOk… I think you get the drift. I love butter. Moving on!

Why is butter so expensive? I’m not talking the cheap butter you get at your local grocery store. I’m talking REAL butter. The one in which the butter fat is separated from the butter milk. No other ingredients (except maybe a little salt). No preservatives. No “coloring.” Seriously, who thought to add coloring to butter? Butter is beautiful in its natural form!

Did you know that making your own butter is incredibly easy? All you need is heavy whipping cream. In my case ORGANIC heavy whipping cream. I used my Kitchenaid Mixer for this but you could use a hand mixer. OR if you are feeling really ambitious, you could shake it in the carton as you dance around the house. Just to warn you though, that may take you a while! haha… but you’d burn all your calories before actually eating the yummy butter you are about to make!

So here we go! Follow the simple steps below and let your taste buds go wild!

PS. Special thanks to The Everyday Chef for inspiring me to try my hand at making homemade butter!

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For this recipe, I used 2 pints of Organic Heavy Whipping Cream. Throw it all in your stand mixer using the whisk attachment (you could do this with a handheld mixer as well I believe). Start your mixer on a speed 4 and walk away… this will take a little while.

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Now you may be tempted to stop mixing the cream when you see it start to look like whipped cream (YUM!). Unless you have a pie you are intending this for, keep going!

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After about 10 minutes, you will start to notice the butter milk separating from the butter fat.

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Once it looks like this… move to the next step.

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Use a cheese cloth (or you can just squeeze it with your hands) and strain the rest of the milk from the butter.

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To preserve the butter, you need to give it a cold water bath. Use water as cold as your hands can handle and work the butter under the water for a minute or so. Drain the water and complete this step at least 4 times total. You will notice the water will start to be less cloudy the more you do this.

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When you are done, you can mix in a little salt if you want… and VOILA! You have a beautiful lump of butter and delicious buttermilk! Be sure to use the buttermilk and don’t let it go to waster 🙂


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  • Angela P.
    May 30, 2014 at 1:37 am

    I’ve gotta try this! I <3 butter.. I bet this would taste so much better than the stuff you buy from the store. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan Robbins
    May 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    My mom made butter when I was very young and we had a cow named Minerva. Its a lot easier to use your recipe than to milk a cow and start from there! haha. I am happy for your recipe because now I can make my own butter and remember my mom and Minerva. Thank you.

  • wen budro
    May 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    What!? For some reason, I thought it was much more complicated than that. I am going to try making this just to see if there’s a difference in taste and cost. Awesome pictures and step-by-step tutorial….it makes it easier to follow. Thank you.

  • Holly E
    May 26, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Nice tutorial! I am going to try my hand at making homemade butter. How exciting!

  • REK981
    May 15, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I think I’m going to try this with my daughter this weekend. We treated ourselves to some French and Irish butter from an international market and are now out. It was so good! I bet she would LOVE to make her own butter!

  • Sue Hull
    May 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    That looks so yummy and easy. I may have to tell my mom to make some butter. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • miranda
    May 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I never would have thought of doing this, but it sounds fun.

  • brooke thomas
    May 6, 2014 at 7:04 am

    looks amazing and so simple!!

  • meredith
    May 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thats awesome – ive made yogurt but hadnt thought about butter!

  • sara giresi
    May 4, 2014 at 12:02 am

    WOW that is so easy! I can not wait to try making my own butter! I cringe every time I buy it since it is expensive and we LOVE butter tooo! Thanks for the info!

    • Shanda
      May 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Good luck making it! 🙂 I do not know if you live near a Costco, but I have found that is a great place to buy Organic Whipping Cream at a decent price!

  • Jenny L
    May 2, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    We do this all the time. I’m lactose intolerant so we treat the cream first and then do it. The buttermilk gets saved for pancakes, biscuits, quiche etc. We skip washing it though because we freeze it for storage. You only need to wash it if you are keeping it out and won’t eat it quickly. But back when we did wash it my daughter used to love mashing it with a fork in a bowl of ice cold water.

    • Shanda
      May 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I need to make some pancakes with the buttermilk! Thank you for inspiring me! 🙂

  • Karen Propes
    May 2, 2014 at 4:05 am

    We lived on a farm when I was growing up. My Mom put milk in a large gallon container and we would just shake it while we watched TV, so nice to eat homemade butter. Thanks for sharing, I haven’t had any homemade butter in a long long time,

    • Shanda
      May 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      What a wonderful memory! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  • Beth Rees
    May 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Why have I never made butter before? It seems so simple! I can’t wait to make it with my kids

  • Rita Spratlen
    May 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Oh my goodness, My husband is just like you butter butter and more butter! I am going to show him this recipe next. I am impressed and I am sure we will be making this. Thanks for the info!!!

  • Danielle K
    May 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Homemade butter is the best…I did it with bacon once and it was amazing 🙂

    • Shanda
      May 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Anything with bacon is AAAA-MAZING! I just heard my tummy say “yum” as I read this! 🙂

  • Amanda Sakovitz
    May 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This looks yummy! I’ve never made homemade butter before.

  • soha molina
    May 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Looks like a recipe I can follow and make.

  • Janet W.
    May 1, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I have never made butter before just because I don’t really have the time to. But this looked pretty easy to do. I think I’ll try to make it soon!

  • Sarah L
    May 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

    OK, this is one of those things I never thought about. I get that kind of organic cream so all I need is some mixing. Thanks.

  • Talia
    April 30, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I didn’t know that’s how one got buttermilk, as dorky as it sounds. I need to try this out, so I can get both byproducts!

    • Shanda
      May 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Haha! Don’t feel dorky! I didn’t know either 🙂 I learn something new every day it seems! 🙂

  • Peggy Johnson
    April 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I remember my grandmother making butter, Yum

  • Laura
    April 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    My husband has been telling me that making butter is super easy and we need to try it; it looks like he was right! I guess we will give it a try soon.

  • Amanda
    April 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Wow how fun! This looks like a fun idea to do with my son! Thanks for sharing.

    • Shanda
      May 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      It would be a great “teaching” experiment… and YUMMY!

  • Thomas Murphy
    April 30, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Looks good! I want to try this.

  • Julie Ghrist
    April 30, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    this doesn’t seem so hard. I have never made butter before… maybe i will give it a try. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Shanda
      April 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Julie, it is not hard at all… all you need is patience 🙂

  • Michelle J.
    April 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Butter and buttermilk–so great!

  • Diane Cooper
    April 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I had no idea! I am so excited to have found this because I, like you, love butter. Had I known it was this easy, I would have been making my own butter forever. I hate the cheap butter at the grocery store – even though it really isn’t that cheap. The really good organic butter at specialty stores is out of my price range. I can do this!!!!

    • Shanda
      April 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      I hope you love it as much as I do… absolutely nothing compares now! Me… a butter snob? MAYBE! haha

  • Sarah Hayes
    April 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    this looks so fun and easy. the only kind of homemade butter Ive had was done in a churn. this looks like a fun activity for a rainy day

  • Patricia
    April 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I have never tried making homemade butter, but this looks easy.

  • Jaime
    April 30, 2014 at 8:51 am

    YES!! Here is the butter!!! YAY!! soooo easy….but now what if you dont’ have one of those fancy machines…..hehehe

    • Renee
      April 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Just use your Magic Bullet or other blender Jaime 🙂 I don’t have one of those mixers either and it works fine 🙂

      • Shanda
        April 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

        You are right Renee!! 🙂 Even a hand held mixer would work for this!

        • Jaime
          May 2, 2014 at 8:37 am

          OH sweet…I only have a Ninja. i could try it……

  • Sadie B.
    April 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Great idea for DIY butter. The time is worth the end result.