How do I make butter from whole milk?

I would like to learn how to make my own butter from whole milk without having to buy cream.

lonibobonny4 years ago
when i was a kid my mom and i would do this frequently. place whole milk in a large wide mouth jar, filling 2/3 - 3/4 full. we used a recycled mayo jar. start shaking. shake and shake. a ball will eventually begin to form. salt to taste. then keep shaking until solid. refrigerate.
aimee032 months ago

First of all... Regarding the process of making butter, because that is what this thread is supposed to be explaining. It is not a thread to "politely" criticize the methods, grammar, English Composition, or falsify costs of someone's method. I am "honestly, experienced in speaking about all of the above". It is possible to make butter in a jar as long as the cream from whole milk is used and I purchase whole milk from a farm that costs $2 per gallon. Therefore, the $40 cost is really grasping at negative Condescending uneducated straws. "Honestly, knowledgeable and experienced speaking", to clear up a "polite" uneducated monetary unfounded guesstamation. Lol So really I use milk from a farm allow several hours for the cream to settle on the top and then (using a turkey baster) remove the cream from the top. Then put the cream in a blender on a lower speed and let it churn! It takes approximately 15 min (more or less depending on the amount of cream) and when you see little clumps starting to form, you know its working! The less the better at one time so the cream doesn't get to hot due to the blender heating up you cream. Take out when the butter clumping is throughout the pitcher and put in a container. You will need to place in fridge and periodically remove the excess moisture with draining or dabbing with paper towels. Oops forgot before removing from pitcher on blender salt (if you so choose, to your own liking) . After those easy steps you will have pure homemade tasteful butter! Also the jar method with a marble or one of those protein shake bottles with the wire shaker ball in it WILL WORK! ONLY Thing is that its going to take longer and your arms will be tired. Proving this all did not require a book, only personal experience! Not everything is learned in a book, using parenthetical citations, with proper spelling or grammar! There is much to learn from people who do not use a book all the time, or have the irreplaceable knowledge of personal experience. I am not sure why that "polite " person even posted on here if they just wanted to insult a person's personal knowledge and experience. That kind of reply speaks ignorance and lack of abilities to learn from others due to thinking they already KNOW IT ALL! Some of the most " uneducated people" have the most knowledge to share due having so much personal experience and perseverance! I feel those qualities get a person further in life than a degree attained from books! Fortunately I have both and if I had to choose which one to rely on .... Personal knowledge and experience over proper spelling Parenthetical Citations, being rude to other, acting as if I am superior to another! "Honestly, knowledgeable, experienced , educated, and open minded, and kindly speaking" That what this cite is for sharing and learning from others and there is no where stated spelling, grammar, parenthetical citations, are a requirement, just kindness. Kudos to Ionibobonny and your childhood memories and sharing your knowledge!

thebair3 years ago
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corradini thebair6 months ago
A) "I have read from a book" -- is not helpful. If you cited the BOOK, that'd be nice - but think about whether you're ACTUALLY being helpful. (For instance, somebody might go spend $40 on some milk, and fail -- and lose $40. And, I happen to KNOW that your advice/process is quite likely to fail.)
B) You might have been credible ANYHOW -- if (i) you'd actually ever DONE this, and/or (ii) your spelling weren't so *atrociously* bad.

I've got NOTHING against bad spelling - many instructables people aren't native English speakers - but: combined with "I have read from a book..." -- look, seriously: please do NOT offer 'advice' when you don't actually have any advice, from your own experience, to offer. At the VERY, VERY least: TELL US WHAT THE BOOK IS. Otherwise, your post is, sorry to say, a waste of YOUR time, and everyone else's.

I mean to be polite -- direct, too, though. (But still polite.)
thebair corradini6 months ago
Nope, wasn't a waste of my time. I am really sorry about that answer, I am pretty sure my account has been hacked. I have absolutely no idea how to make butter from milk without cream. I also know how to spell. I have had the same thing happen to at least two other instructables, someone leaving a comment under my name and they are usually similar to the one that you read. Once again, I am very sorry for the mishap.

Follow these instructions but understand two things:
1. The amount of butter depends strictly on how much milk fat is in whatever milk or cream you use.
2. It will be less yellow than store-bought butter... this is normal and desirable because the store-bought butter has dyes added.
Not necessarily true (about the yellow). Butter's color varies seasonally and depending on what the cows have been eating. Obviously for modern 'industrial' dairy cows this is less the case; commercial butter is often/usually colored yellow. However, butter from cows who forage can and is often quite yellow, depending on season and what they're munching on in the pasture. (Think about it: if SOME butter weren't yellow, why would anyone THINK it should be yellow, and color it yellow?)

Generally speaking, the yellow color comes from beta-carotene, grazing on grass/pasture, which mostly happens in warm seasons (in cold seasons it's more stored grains/feed). It's also dependent to some extent on breed of cow. (And of course, of whether they feed on pasture/grass at all.)
mazb722 years ago
I was purchasing full cream milk straight from the farm(newzealand), putting the milk in glass and stainless steel bottles, leaving it overnight to seperate. I would skim the cream off the next morning..i started buying my milk like this especially to make butter as well as have milk, and for the life of me I could not make butter out of the cream. I tried store bought cream, and that worked fine. Can anyone tell me why I couldn't make butter. Was the cream too fresh?
climbxn mazb721 year ago
Homogenized milk?!
johnwh4 years ago
the reason we use cream to make butter is that the content of fat in most commercial milks is less than 3.5% fat. If the milk use by you and your mom came from high fat milk (Jersey Cows or Guernsey cows) you might have had enough fat to make butter, but most likely you were leaving the milk to settle overnight and the cream came to the top you actually only churned the milk fat (30% milk fat) Store bought milk is homogenized. that means the milk fat globules are broken into smaller fragraments and will not seperate from the skim milk portion. I do not think you can purchase milk that has not been homogenized in North America.
sbeck3 johnwh2 years ago
I bought non-homogenized whole milk at whole foods near Orlando.
lonibobonny4 years ago
the milk in entry was whole milk from a local farmers dairy. it came in old school returnable gallon glass jugs. we would get two gallons every sunday after church. lovely memory.

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