How to Make Homemade Butter

How to Make Homemade Butter

Chef John

"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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15 m servings 137 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 137 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.1g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can do this in a food processor much faster, but I wanted to go old-school.


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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 ...

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!

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.

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!!

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 sur...

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

I made butter. I'm pretty sure this is how man felt when he discovered fire.

It came out as more of a whipped cream :/ Really good but not butter. I look forward to eating it though!

I've never made homemade butter before, but loved the idea of using leftover heavy cream. We went the old school route for fun and just took turns shaking the jar. Delicious butter! Will make mo...

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