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Ever wonder how to make butter at home? Here’s how it’s done!

I have a confession. It’s something I have never talked about here on my blog or any of my social media accounts (until recently). In fact, it’s something I hid this entire time. It’s a very simple thing that you can most likely identify well with.

I love butter.

I do. In all it’s golden, glorious creaminess. It adds flavor to dishes like nothing else can. So why did I avoid mentioning my love for real butter?

A close up shot of a white bowl holding freshly made, clean eating butter. A knife rests on the side of the bowl and has some butter scooped onto it.

I’ve been eating clean for 4 years now, and at some point early on, I got it in my head that clean eating meant low fat eating. Nothing could be further from the truth. Healthy fats are vital in clean eating and I have now fully made the switch to full fat dairy products when I use them. But I was never able to give up butter, even when I was doing the low-fat thing.

Good, healthy, pastured, organic butter is the way I roll these days, and I’m so happy to finally be able to talk about it here! In fact, I even made this video so you can see the process for yourself. This is a great way to make flavored butters as well! Can we say honey butter? Garlic and chive butter? Onion butter? YUM!!

And the best part for me personally is that the brand of cream I use (Organic Valley) is a local dairy here in Sonoma County! So I’m blessed to have the good stuff and have it be local as well. You just cannot beat that!

Note that if you want the butter to last longer, you’ll need to rinse it. Simply run it under cool, running water for a few seconds. Then set in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes. When the water is cloudy, pour it out and refill the bowl with fresh water. Repeat until the water stays clean. Make sure the water is cold for this.

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How To Make Butter

How To Make Butter

You just can't beat freshly made butter. Here's how to make it at home!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 9 oz. (approximate)
Calories: 181kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • Food processor

Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pinch salt (optional for salted butter)

Instructions

  • Pour cream into a blender, food processor, or large, empty jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Secure the lid, and turn the processor on at it’s low setting.
  • It will only take a minute or two before you have whipping cream. If you want salted butter, stop your processor and add it. Just a pinch or two will do the trick, but you should taste it to be sure.
  • Secure the lid again, and continue to blend on low. In another minute or two, you will start to see a lot of liquid. Once you have this liquid, you’re done!
  • Take a large cup, or bowl and place some cheese cloth, a paper coffee filter or a small, fine-meshed sieve in it. Pour the butter into the cloth and let it drain.
  • Now carefully squeeze out some of the remaining buttermilk, gently unwrap the cheese cloth, and transfer the butter to your butter dish.
  • Important note: You must be sure to remove all the butter milk from the butter. If you don't churn the butter enough, the buttermilk that remains in the butter will sour and spoil your butter. Feel free to blend a second time in the processor or hang the butter to drip off any residual butter milk in the cheese cloth for a couple hours.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1oz. | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 39mg | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 34mg

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69 Comments

  1. Kimberly Holmes says:

    Tiffany thank you for this video. I need to go get some heavy whipping cream and try this. Perfect for the holidays coming up… My question- how do you store the butter and how long does it store for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimberly – It’s like any other butter. Pack it in a small bowl and scoop it from there, or if you can, shape it into sticks of butter.

  2. Fantastic! I too love butter and was only briefly afraid of it when I started clean eating. I know better now that whole, healthy, natural fats are SO good for you and since including them in my diet again I can tell a major difference in my health! My brain seems to function better (your body NEEDS fats for good neuron and nerve health!), my skin is better, my digestion is better, and my seasonal allergies are better! Butter and coconut oil are the way to go and the rest of the health/medical world is starting to see it too.
    My mom used to make butter in a jar once in a while growing up, but I didn’t know you could make it in a processor! Way faster! Do you think it’s more cost effective to make it from cream vs. buying the butter?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Megaan – I think that would really depend on the cost of cream and butter in your area. You’d have to compare pricing. Let me know what you find out!

  3. Tiffany: WOW – THANK YOU for your clean eating butter and peanut butter!!
    Your helpful hint of the shoebox with clean eating goods to leave in the car – who knew???

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Phyllis – My pleasure! πŸ™‚

  4. Renee Armstead says:

    I love your article on butter and making your own. It is so much more delicious than store bought. However, I am sad that Organic Valley does not have a “clean” version of their heavy whipping cream. They add carrageenan to it. Many research articles I have read links carrageenan to stomach/intestinal issues. Not clean or organic! I have only found one heavy whipping cream product without the carrageenan. It is whole foods brand.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Renee – Really!!!??? I must take a closer look at it then! I guess I’ll be buying the whole foods brand from now on!

  5. I assumed that making your own butter would be so much more difficult. How do you make it in the jar, if you are not using a food processor or blender? And if you are adding honey or herbs (which sounds amazing), do you add those when you would add the salt?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – To make it in the jar, just put the cream in the jar, close it up tight and shake until you have a lump of butter. Once the butter is made, simply put it into a mixing bowl and stir in whatever you’d like to add to it. Enjoy!

  6. JC Carter says:

    I Have been eating clean for some time as well, and I have always stood by butter. Certain things are not the same without it. Pan seared pork chops for example they need butter, or they just dont taste right. Maybe thats just me, but we all need a little fat to function properly, I mean our brains are made of a ton of it!

    Great post!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      JC Carter – Agreed! πŸ™‚

  7. Dennis Masonia says:

    Some great ideas. Great guitar playing in your videos. who is it?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dennis – It’s a tune that came with iMovie.

  8. Charlene Roberson says:

    I used to do this with my kids and their cousins for a big dinner. Put a little cream in a small jar (babyfood jars are great for this) and let the kids shake them up. Keeps them busy and out from underfoot while we get dinner ready – then there is fresh butter to go on the rolls or whatever!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Charlene – What a great way to get the kids involved! πŸ™‚

  9. Excellent – a recipe and a work out! πŸ˜€ I’m looking forward to giving this a shot.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – Hahaha!!! Let me know how it turns out! (for both the butter and your biceps. πŸ™‚ )

  10. Jake Long says:

    Mmm butter. Actually, years ago when I made the decision that I needed to lose weight, I cut out butter and it wasn’t that hard. But when I reintroduced foods like that into my diet, I really enjoyed them. Butter is good, but to me, honey butter is even better. So if I use this recipe I’m gonna have to mix it with some honey because I love that stuff. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jake – Honey would be a great addition here! Enjoy!

  11. Hi Tiffany!
    This is AWESOME! Thank you so much!!!
    Not only is this healthy but it is far more economical. One question: have you used the liquid ie: buttermilk in anything? Is it worth saving? Or just discard it?
    Thanks! Have a great day!
    Lita

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lita – I personally discard it, but many people save it for baking. I believe you can freeze it as well.

  12. Just made it and I love it! Thank you!!!
    Going to use the buttermilk in some biscuits now…I feel like superwoman! I just MADE butter! Thanks Tiffany!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lita – My pleasure! You go superwoman! πŸ™‚

  13. I don’t know WHY it took me so long to find your site! So much good info on here; I have already tried 4 or 5 recipes (including this one, and it was the best butter I ever had), I can’t stop! I’ve been trying since about September to eat clean, I can feel the difference in my body but as an avid cooker I am always looking for new ways to incorporate clean foods into new recipes and keep things fun, your site is so much help! Thanks! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Adrianna – My pleasure! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes! πŸ™‚

  14. Has anyone tried this and then weighed it, to see how much butter they have? If you started with a pint of cream, I’m curious to know how much butter it makes. That would also help in figuring out if it’s more cost effective to make your own butter.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kathy – I mentioned that in the recipe. It makes approximately 9 ounces.

  15. Nichole Miller says:

    Tiffany- I just made this butter yesterday and I put it in the fridge and now it has a rocatta cheese consistancy to it. Is it supposed to be that way or am I supposed to leave it on the counter. Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nichole – Is it hard or soft like ricotta?

  16. Nichole Miller says:

    Tiffiany- It is hard and clumpy. But when I leave it out for a bit it softens up. I did put it in Tupperwear. Would that be why?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nichole – No, that wouldn’t do it. What type of cream did you use?

  17. Nichole Miller says:

    I used Grade A Pasterized Heavy Whipping Cream?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nichole – Hmmm. Maybe try a different brand?

  18. Angie Fisher says:

    Hello – love your site! So I tried the recipe in a smaller version and added honey and it was delicious and lasted for days in my pantry. So I made a larger batch, no honey and after a couple days it smelled like sour milk and I had to toss it. Any suggestions on what happened and what I should do differently?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angie – Honey is a preservative. You definitely want to keep this in the fridge. It’s also possible not all the liquid was removed. Next time, you might try dumping the liquid and then blending a little longer to see if any more comes out.

  19. How long is the butter good for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Awilda – If you keep it in the fridge, it will last as long as any other butter. But you have to be sure you really get the liquid out.

  20. The buttermilk if not completely drained from the butter will cause the butter to go bad faster. The buttermilk fresh is so tasty dont throw it out. It can be used in bisquits, pancakes, salad dressing (I love making ranch dressing with it) or you can just drink it like skim milk on cereal. It’s sweet not processed like cultured buttermilk. I will however start buying whole foods brand…glad to hear there is a brand without additives.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      G.Girl – Really? I found it to be very sour and watery. I don’t think I could enjoy it on cereal, but it would definitely be good in pancakes. But yes, it all has to come out! πŸ™‚

  21. Ashlie Paulo says:

    This is amazing!!! I can’t wait to make it!!!!! I am a butter lover as well!!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Ashlie – I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

  22. With the amount of Butter/Margarine i go through each week here, this recipe would be perfect for me! Time to get a cheese cloth and some new ingredients!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kamiko – I hope you enjoy it!

  23. Hi!

    If you’re feeling adventurous, and want to make flavored butters (with herbs, etc.), would you add those things when you add the salt, or could it be done after draining the buttermilk?
    I’m hoping it’s the latter bc I’m wanting to make multiple flavors out of one batch. I like options for my toast πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – Either way will work. As long as you get all the liquid out of the butter. It tends to go sour very quickly if you didn’t get enough of the liquid out. But you can stir in the herbs and spices whenever you like. Enjoy!

  24. Question, is this easily spreadable? Is there a way to make it spreadable while still keeping clean? I am new to the clean eating, and I really love your site!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – It’s just butter. So it behaves like any butter would. It’s more spreadable with soft.

  25. You need to rinse the butter in cold water several times to clean out all the buttermilk. There are videos on you tube if you are interested. It should last as long as store bought butter and can also be frozen if rinsed properly.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karen – Interesting! Never heard of that. I will definitely check it out.

  26. Alayna Grissom says:

    So I’ve never made this before, and would like to add honey and cinnamon, how much would I add?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alayna – It’s really a personal choice. I would start with 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tbsp. honey, and move up from there to taste.

  27. I’ve used the buttermilk for fresh milled grain bread. I also find that if you’re a small family, butter freezes well. I have a heart shaped muffin tin so I put my last batch in there. When it had sat in the fridge for a few hours I just popped them out and put them in a freezer bag. So cute!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tory – What a fun idea!

  28. I don’t seem to get the liquid using a blender….am I doin something wrong?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – Hmmm… Any chance you can use a food processor? The blender may not be doing a sufficient job. Also, what type of cream did you use?

  29. Love this! I use to make butter with my kindergarten class by putting heavy whipping cream in a jar with a marble. The kids took turns shaking it up until we had butter. They loved it! I didn’t even think about doing this now for my clean eating diet. I have been fretting over not having butter too! Thanks so much for this recipe and memory jog! πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Karla – My pleasure! But good, organic butter at the store is clean as well. You just need to have it in moderation. Enjoy!

  30. Hi there.. I wonder if I can use whipping cream made from coconut milk? Will it turn to butter too? Because here the price of whipping cream is not normal. Haha

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Bella – I don’t think it’s the same. Usually coconut butter is made from the coconut flesh. But if you try it, let me know how it turns out!

  31. I have been this for quite some time now and I’m so glad you shared. I always add the salt at the last step. This way I have fresh “buttermilk” to use in my cereal, make biscuits, or eat with an Oreo πŸ™‚

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Diana – Yum!!!

  32. Stacey – I just used my blender with a mason jar. The whipping cream whipped up very quickly then shook down the whipped cream from the sides of the jar (tap it down every few seconds) and pulsed (tap/pulse) until the liquid starts to flow out of the butter. Then I whipped it until there was lots of liquid and the butter looked like Tiffany’s.

  33. Ohhhh!! Can I make this with a hand mixer? So, I love love making fresh whipped cream. I usually whip it with a hand mixer. One time I whipped too long and it got all clumpy and started to separate and was “ruined.” From reading this, I’m assuming I almost had butter?!?! How awesome! Should have kept whipping rather than throwing it away!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rama – I suppose it’s possible, but I don’t think you would get all the buttermilk out. At that point, it’s best to put it in a jar with a screw on lid and just shake until you have butter.

  34. I recently switched to clean eating. One for overall health but also for the possibility as the trigger for my chronic headaches. It’s a little early to tell about the headache side of things, my doctor wants me to lose weight too.

    Thank for all the information! I was wondering how I was going to cook with no store bought clean butter! Going to the store today to buy heavy whipping, amongst other clean items!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – If you don’t want to make it, Kerry Gold butte is an excellent brand to buy. πŸ™‚

  35. Subject: Clean Eatting Butter
    Does the butter need to be rinsed?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Angela – I don’t rinse mine. But you do have to all of the buttermilk removed so things don’t turn sour.

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