How to make Homemade Butter

I have been having design issues with my blog so please bare with me as I fix the coding.

But until then grab the following things and lets make some butter.

1 quart of Pasteurized or Raw Cream (do not use ultra-pasteurized)
1/3 teaspoon salt, optional

A Large Bowl
A Spatula
A hand mixer or stand mixer.

I picked up some semi-local, fresh from the dairy cream for my butter.  It cost $4 a quart.  Totally worth it in my opinion.

Pour the cream into a large bowl, cover and let it sit on the counter for 1 hour.

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with a whisk attachment, start mixing.

As you continue to mix the cream will start to bubble.

Then become thicker.

Then the butter will start to separate.

You will be done mixing when the buttermilk completely separates from the butter.  Drain the buttermilk into a separate bowl. 

***my picture didn't turn out for this process.  Use either a mesh colander or cheese cloth to squeeze the as much butter milk as you can out of the butter.

Buttermilk.  Pancakes anyone?

Next using very cold water, pour the water over the butter and work the butter with a spatula to remove all of the remaining butter milk.  The water will turn milky in color.

Drain and repeat until the water is clear. 

Drain off the water and if you would like, mix in the salt at this point.

Place butter in plastic container in the fridge or freeze.  The butter will not last as long as store bought so what I usually do is only put a small amount in the fridge and thaw out more when I need it.

Now for saving the buttermilk.  You can freeze that as well if you're not going to use it right away.

A time saving trick may be to freeze it into ice cube trays.  By filling very full, you can fit 2 cups of buttermilk into the trays.  So that means 7 cubes makes 1 cup.  Makes it easier when measuring for recipes. 

The buttermilk will pick up flavors around it so be sure to cover it tightly.

Homemade butter is incredible.  Enjoy!
6 Responses
  1. Dirt Lover Says:

    Oh, how I would love to be able to get fresh milk. I have tried to get fresh goat milk around here, but have had no luck. I'd love to make cheese. Have you ever done that?

  2. Lori I haven't made cheese but have wanted to forever. In fact I purchased all of the supplies last year but never got around to it. It is on my to do list. My friend who owns the farm is wanting to have goats on her property. She already has plans to allow me to make goat cheese. Can't wait.

  3. I just did this a week ago and now that I am almost 30, I finally know what buttermilk actually is! I found you through bloggy moms and am your newest follower. I hope you find time to follow me back! Thanks!

  4. meemsnyc Says:

    Oooh, this is awesome! Homemade butter. Yummy. I will have to try this! Thanks for posting.

  5. Laura Says:

    That looks great! I can't believe you made butter! You are all that and a bag of chips!

  6. @meems, have fun trying it. I had my 11 year old make the second batch. Pretty easy!

    @Laura well thank you very much! There is something about fresh butter especially on warm toast. Yum.

I would love to hear from you!