How to Make Homemade Butter Recipe -
How to Make Homemade Butter Recipe
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How to Make Homemade Butter
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How to Make Homemade Butter

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"We're going to do our own handmade butter, using just cold, heavy cream. It's done with no heavy equipment at all, just good old-fashioned arm power. It's the original elbow grease!"

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Original recipe makes 1 /4 cup butter Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Pour cream into the jar and screw on the lid. Shake jar until butter forms a soft lump, 15 to 20 minutes. Continue to shake until buttermilk separates out of the lump and the jar contains a solid lump of butter and liquid buttermilk.
  2. Pour contents of the jar into a fine mesh strainer and strain out the buttermilk, leaving the solid butter. Remove the lump of butter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can do this in a food processor much faster, but I wanted to go old-school.

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Sep 06, 2013

Hello Chef John, I tried this the first time with a pre-school class. The kids loved doing this activity. Here is a hint to make it much easier. Throw a clean marble in the jar. When you have a lot of anxious kids ready to shake the jar it goes by pretty fast. When it turned to butter, they used plastic butter knives to spread their own on warmed homemade banana bread. They really enjoyed learning about dairy products and how to make their own butter, almost more than learning to make ice cream in a coffee can.

Jan 28, 2014

When I was a kid, which is 70 yrs ago, my grandma used to sit us on the floor and give us each a quart mason jar to shake til we made butter. We (5 of us) thought this was great fun.


7 Ratings

Sep 15, 2013

I must be the only adult in the world who never did this as a kid so in an effort to recapture my youth, I tried this. What fun.. and soooo delicious!

Jan 29, 2014

I had never heard of this before, and I was so proud of myself for making homemade butter! lol It tastes good, I would add a bit of salt next time. Thank you Chef John, you're right, it was fun!!

Sep 15, 2013

If you desire to make a larger amount, be sure to work some cold water through your butter to prevent an "off" flavor during storage. As you are making a small amount with this recipe, I am sure it will be used quickly rather than stored.

Jul 13, 2014

Used a quart jar and 2 cups of heavy whipping cream. My kidlets did the first 10 minutes but got distracted with a memory card game. Finished processing in food processor. Tasted great!

Sep 08, 2013

I did this myself over 50 years ago when I was in kindergarden! I still remember it!


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  • Calories
  • 137 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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