Homemade Butter Recipe

We made homemade butter! We got some fresh milk while visiting my brother-in-law and his 2 children in NC (photos and trip details to come) and I couldn’t wait to try making butter. I’ve always heard it was really easy but hadn’t done it since I was a child and I couldn’t remember anything other than having a blast shaking the jar around.

Here’s how we did it:

I skimmed the cream off the top and put it in a bowl. Katerina, a friend of ours who makes butter often, said to let it sit for about 6 hours. However, I didn’t have a chance to get to it until it sat for about 10 hours and it was fine.

Then, using a funnel, I poured it into a large applesauce jar. Katerina uses a food processor which makes the process much faster but I didn’t have one so I did it the old fashioned way. You want to make sure your jar is only 1/4 to halfway full so there is room inside to shake it around. Otherwise you’ll make the shaking part much more difficult.

Now shake, shake, shake until you see butter forming. This took about 20-30 minutes. Ace had fun shaking it up! We were in the car for this part. šŸ™‚ I really wanted that butter!

You’ll notice yellow lumps developing and gradually increasing in size until it looks like this. The butter is on top and the buttermilk is on the bottom.

Then separate the butter using a strainer and a bowl to catch the buttermilk. Rinse the butter in COLD water (if it’s warm your butter will melt), pressing it with a spatula to remove excess buttermilk. Then add salt if desired and spoon into an airtight container and refrigerate.

It really looks like ice cream doesn’t it? It smells delicious! The boys love it, even Ace who normally won’t touch butter.

Easy peasy!!


12 thoughts on “Homemade Butter Recipe

  1. Noobee longshot here from someone allergic to cow’s milk. Any chance if you know if this can be done with goat’s milk? Does the butter turn out the same, i.e. MMMMmmmmmmm…good šŸ™‚

  2. It was fun! The place we get milk from here doesn’t have enough cream on top so I’m going to try it with regular whipping cream. We’ll see how it comes out. It’ll probably just be something fun to do with the boys and not something we do often since it’ll cost as much for the cream as it would to just buy butter.Andy-I don’t think you can do this with goat’s milk, though I wish you could being that I’ll be milking mine soon, because the cream is very difficult to separate. Someone once said they do it with sheep’s milk but I’ve never looked into it myself to confirm that. If you do find something that works please share! šŸ™‚

  3. This makes me so nostalgic! We used to make butter and cottage cheese when we’d live in a tiny village in Russia in the summers of my childhood. I, too, remember only a few stages – my favorite was the first one, milking the cow and drinking the fresh milk šŸ™‚ How I miss these tiny joys!

  4. Yes, you can use whipping cream. You can also beat it with a mixer or a hand mixer to make the process faster. We used to do this once in a while with preschool children in Sunday School when I was an Episcopalian; I have no idea why. But it was fun!

  5. We get raw milk every Friday from a local farmer and there is usually about 3 inches of cream on top. Should I pour it off or ladel it off? I usually shake it up and just pour it over the girl’s cereal, without taking any cream off…but I’d love to make butter! What did you do with the left over buttermilk? You can use it as a starter…add it to milk and let it sit in a warm spot (about 70’F) and it will coagulate, making a lovely cream cheese!

  6. Marfa,I spooned it off because it mixes too much if you try to pour it. I saved the buttermilk and will either bake with it or make buttermilk biscuits. My dad also told me it’s delicious to dip chicken or pork chops in and then breading them. How do you make cream cheese? That would be terrific! I *love* cream cheese and can only imagine how delicious it is fresh!

  7. Dear Sylvia,Am from Roamnia and a friend of mine from US suggested your blog to me. I was happy to read it and it is very encouraging for me, as I do live in the countrydise, am Orthodox and am a SAHM of 3 wonderful kids.Getting back to the point: do you boil the milk to make butter or just raw as you get it from the cow, you skim it and follow the procedures above…Thank you for your time,Adriana

  8. Am sorry for the typing mistakes. I always hurry up… I am from Romania and we have moved out to countryside a couple of years ago…Forgive me! God keep you joyful!Adriana

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