Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Homemade Butter with a Bonus

If you love making homemade things you will love this butter!

The possibilities are endless with how many flavors you can add, such as herbs or  Old Bay seasoning for your seafood and how many ideas for how to use it, from simple butter on toast to cinnamon sugar butter biscuits, or extra love in your morning eggs. 

How to make your very own butter
(2 cups cream = 1/2 lb butter)

Items needed:
1 pint Heavy Cream, chilled
Seasoning of your choice
Kitchen aid mixer with shield
Ice Water

If you don't have a kitchen aid mixer you can use a blender.

I use one pint of cream, as I only needed a little for what I have planned (1/2 lb)

If you are going to make more do not over fill the blender or Kitchen Aid. I recommend only 2 cups (1 pint) max at a time and doing it in batches.

Pour the cream into the mixer bowl.  Then, cover your kitchen aid with the shield. If you do not have one, use a paper or cloth towel.

Turn the kitchen aid on the highest level.

Now, how quickly all this happens all depends on the heavy cream, so please stay close as this can take 3 to 6 mins.

First it will become whipped cream at this time you do nothing just keep mixing.

Then it will start to separate - right before this happens, you want to stop and push down any excess on the side of the bowls. Next is the separation of the butter and buttermilk...hence the bonus!

Now you will need to keep watching it, once a lot of buttermilk starts to form you will want to stop and dump the buttermilk out for later use.  Then start it up again to make sure you get as much buttermilk as possible out of the batch.

Once you are sure that you have gotten all the buttermilk out, then it's time to rinse the butter you've just made:

Fill a glass with water and add ice (just as you would if you planned to drink it).  Make sure the water is as cold as possible. Pour in a little of your ice water into the mixing bowl with the butter, but make sure no ice goes in.

Turn on the mixer again, and keep mixing - the icy water will separate out just like the butter did.  When it is cloudy, dump it out and add more water, and keep going until the water stays clear.

Now, you have unsalted butter!  You can leave it at that or salt it and even add what ever seasonings you would like.

For this batch, I will be doing our regular butter which is just adding salt, as it will be used mostly for eggs and mashed potatoes.

I start with 1/4 tsp of salt and add as I like. Sprinkle the salt over the butter in the mixer, and mix it again.

Mix well and place in a container with a lid and store in your refrigerator.

In my experiences this hasn't last more then a week in my home but can also be frozen and kept for later months.

I recommend using the buttermilk within the first 2 weeks.

Buttermilk is great for making pancakes, adding in your mashed potatoes and pretty much anywhere milk is needed to be added - it will add a rich, tart note to your recipes.

I used mine to make homemade ranch (try it with Bree's Homemade Ranch Seasoning!) and I used the entire amount that day.


If you give this a try, please let me know how it turns out and if you have any questions!




  1. So easy. I love butter, but I try to stay away from it because of my lactose sensitivity. :(
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe on #WednesdaysWisdom!

  2. Hi Adreene. Great description of the technique of making butter. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday#72.Have a great weekend. Happy FF! :)) Quinn @ dadwhats4dinner.com

  3. This is great! I always assumed there was more to it than that. Thanks for sharing on Home Matters Linky

  4. This is great. I love the idea of making your own butter and especially adding the herbs for different flavors. Buttermilk does make wonderful pancakes and some great breads. thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  5. I didn't know it was this easy to make my own butter. Will definitely have to try. Thanks for adding this to the Healthy Living Link Party. We hope you will come back next Wednesday.

  6. Thanks so much for this. I'm interested to try it!

    By the way, I'd like to invite you to post on my new blog hop (www.myflagstaffhome.com) that is open all weekend, if you're interested.


  7. I remember making butter with my late Mom when I was little - it really is lovely to make your own and it's a super project to to with kids as well. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  8. Thanks for sharing at Waiting on...Wednesday!

    Holly @ www.iwillservewhileiwait.blogspot.com

  9. Looks great! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  10. Thanks for sharing!! I was thinking about making homemade butter with my children this summer. We will have to try out your recipe.

  11. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again this week!! Love having you!! Pinned!!!

  12. Love homemade butter, it is the greatest! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope to see you again real soon!
    Have a great day,
    Miz Helen

  13. Hi Andrenne,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays that goes live on Thursday @7 pm EST. Thanks for being part of Real Food Fridays and looking forward to seeing each week.

  14. I am really excited to try this soon! This sounds amazing!

  15. My friends were just telling me that butter was fun and easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. I hope you will join us again for our next Linky Party. The door is open TONIGHT 9pm PST at http://wp.me/p4hrab-BG

  16. I've made my own butter before, and I would do it again esp if I'm going to make a special compound butter with fresh chopped herbs. It is fun to do with kids, too. It isn't less expensive, though, but you know are all the ingredients.

  17. I never thought about making my own butter. I think I would really like it though. It would be fun to try.
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