Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Making Butter at Home!

  As you may have read, I found 2 qts. and 4- 1/2 pints of heavy cream on sale at our local Meijer.  I
only paid $3.54 for it.  Way cheap!  So, what do you do with this much cream?  Make butter of course!
  So that is what I did.  Here is how to make butter at home:

Let cream come to room temperature. 
Wash and dry a pint jar. Fill jar until half way full. Put lid and ring on and tighten, then shake the tar out of it.
The jar will fill up with whipped cream --you will  hardly be able to feel it shaking inside the jar. Keep shaking!  You will be able to feel the cream shaking in the jar again as the butter separates.  Keep shaking several more minutes.  Empty as much of the butter milk into another container to use for your blueberry pancakes the next day!  Then scoop butter solids into a bowl and use a spatula or fork to work the butter and squeeze out all of the buttermilk.  Drain bowl frequently using spatula to hold butter in bowl.  Run a little water into the bowl and wash the buttermilk out of the butter and squeeze with the spatula.  Rinse and repeat!  You can add salt now if you want to--optional.  Just place in your container and refrigerate or freeze. See, making butter is easy peasy!
     So simple but here is a much faster way: 

Bring cream to room temp.  Pour into bowl of your food processor. I only used a quart at a time so my bowl wouldn't leak. Process cream for several minutes.  You will be able to hear the processor bog down when the butter starts to separate. Let it process several more minutes.  Pour off buttermilk--save for pancakes remember!  Then scoop butter solids into a bowl to work and squeeze the buttermilk out.  Wash and repeat several times then add salt. Place into container and viola, you are done-except for the dishes!
Working the butter!
My butter and buttermilk!

I had a total of 3 quarts of heavy cream and I weighed my butter and had just under 3 lbs. I would have had at least 3 lbs. but I dropped a big dollop in the sink.  Such a klutz!  About 3 lbs. of butter for $3.54!  That is some cheap butter!  Making butter is so easy, why don't you give it a try?  If I can make butter, anyone can make butter!



  1. What a great post, I love the ease of using the food processor, finally bought one. Thanks for sharing this on Tuesdays With a Twist, would love for you to also share it on Real Food Fridays starts tomorrow at 7 central.

  2. Good for you! I haven't made butter in a while, since our source for raw milk dried up. :( Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  3. I've loved scanning through your frugal posts! So inspiring!

    I also use whipping cream to make:

    homemade icecream, then freeze for later
    homemade no bake cheesecake (here's my recipe: http://athomemyway.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-bake-cheesecake-ditch-box.html)
    homemade angel food cake loaf (good to freeze for later) - here's my recipe: http://athomemyway.blogspot.com/2013/04/homemade-angel-food-loaf.html)

    I haven't tried making homemade butter. Sounds delish. I'll be watching for more discounted whipping cream for sure!