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 🙂



the shutterbug :: shanda is a stay at home mom who tells the dust to go to sleep so she can hold her babies. she believes life is too short not to dance in the rain with her hubby, eat lots of chocolate and laugh often! she loves making memories and capturing them on her camera (she’s quite the shutterbug and freelance photographer). addicted to frozen cokes, sunshine, babywearing, and Jesus! her life verse is Psalm 19:14.

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  1. Angela P. says

    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.

  2. Susan Robbins says

    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.

  3. wen budro says

    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.

  4. Holly E says

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

  5. REK981 says

    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!

  6. Sue Hull says

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

  7. sara giresi says

    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!

    • says

      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!

  8. Jenny L says

    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.

  9. Karen Propes says

    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,

  10. Beth Rees says

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

  11. says

    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!!!

  12. Janet W. says

    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!

  13. Sarah L says

    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.

  14. Talia says

    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!

  15. Laura says

    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.

  16. Julie Ghrist says

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

  17. Diane Cooper says

    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!!!!

  18. Sarah Hayes says

    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

  19. Jaime says

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