How to Make Homemade Butter

How to Make Homemade Butter

Chef John 15567

"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!"

Ingredients 15 m {{adjustedServings}} 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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  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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Holiday Baker

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.


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 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!