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Healthier Living by Making Butter (Shaking Cream into Butter)

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Healthy living just got a little butter.  Caution: Shaking cream into butter makes people laugh at you.

See the 42 Second Version: "Shaking Butter Like A Boss"

Note: This method takes 5-10 minutes, but Dan Rojas with GreenPowerScience found a way to make the butter in under a minute by using a water bottle.  Check out his video here:  
 
 
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Step 1: Watch the Video!


WARNING: Use safe practices when handling food to avoid contamination, and only use milk or cream from trusted and approved sources. Shaking cream into butter may result in an amazing workout. Use of video content is at own risk.

Step 2: Get Some Heavy Cream or Whipping Cream

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For this project I decided to try making butter with milk I got straight from the cow.

My wife knows a lady with a cow, so one night we stopped by and picked up a gallon.  After letting it sit in the refrigerator overnight, we could see a faint line showing where the cream had risen to the top, with the milk underneath.

The trick is to skim the cream off the top, and capture it into a container.  I used a wide mouth mason jar.

Note: If you don't have access to a cow, a heavy cream, or whipping cream will work just as well.


Step 3: Butter Churning: Step 1

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All you have to do to make cream into butter, is shake it.

The method that worked well for me was to shake the jar up and down for 2-3 minutes as hard and as quickly as I could.

If you're using whipping cream, then after 3 minutes you shouldn't hear any more sloshing around in the jar.  If you take the lid off to peak inside, you should find that it's turned to a light and fluffy whipped cream.

You could add a little sugar and stop here if you wanted.  But if you want butter, you'll need to continue on.

Reminder: This method takes a little while because the sides of the jar are smooth.  You can see how my friend Dan Rojas found a way to make the butter in under a minute by using a water bottle.

JesusGeek23 days ago

Can't live without butter, now I can be assured that if I ever move to a farm I can survive. Thanks for sharing!

Sam

Or I could get a concrete mixer, and put it on full speed. Yes, butter.

nintenbro641 month ago
I remember doing this at school

do this every easter

Shaquan11 months ago
Is it possible to use milk from the store to make butter in the jar?
bschran Shaquan9 months ago
Not really, the problem with milk in this instuctable is the lack of the heavy fats that you find in cream... now if you got whipping cream or heavy cream that would work and you can get those at most super markets. I havent tried full fat milk, it may work but again not as well as cream
veeguy1 year ago
Couldn't you simply shake the whole cow and get pure udder butter? Whenever you need some, just squeeze it out of the udder like toothpaste.
ajsapollo veeguy9 months ago
I doubt you could out maneuver the kicks of the cow!!!
Horef veeguy1 year ago
+1
jschulte411 months ago
Used a 1ltr bottle and shook the bejesus out of it this morning. Worked PERFECT and no worries of broken glass. Tastes great! Well done sir!
OH NO! Shook the jar so hard that it flew out of my hands and into a wall! Glass and butter everywhere!!! It still taste's good.

Thanks! Another cool instructable!
Grant, those waffles look amazing! You need to do an instructable on them.
ehensel11 year ago
Great instructable! If you stick a marble or a stainless steel nut in with the cream, it tends to turn a little faster, but you have to be careful not to break the jar. It works best in plastic bottles. As an interesting side note, when my younger brother worked at a large corporate coffee shop, whenever someone ordered a heavy cream latte, if he had the time, he showed them how much butter was in the drink they just ordered by placing it in the blender. They didn't order that drink again!
Think you could show me a rocket fuel without using KNO3
Blend pure oxygen into the butter, to make a nice froth.
Wear protective goggles and ear defenders.
And a safety helmet.
And fireproof overalls.
Light the blue touchpaper and stand well back.
nidanterry1 year ago
My 11 year old is complaining about his arms hurting... That was some good entertainment, butter turned out well also.
I "figured" this out a few years ago... great workout :)
Tried to get my 3 yo (at the time) son, last year, to do it with me, he stopped after a minute.
I ended up stirring salt into the butter, as unsalted is just not that great. I've wondered it adding salt to the cream (or whatever) would work as well...
At our school, we made these in 3rd grade. They gave us all mason jars and we got to shake it our selves!
Isn't it just easier and faster to use a kitchenmachine/tool?
Teachable1 year ago
I think this would work with less intensity too esp. with using a water bottle. Someone once told me let the tool do the work. But that doesn't look as intense.
poofrabbit1 year ago
This is a great instructable. You also taught me something new, I had no idea butter could be use as a candle, wild!
I want to make that honey butter! Sounds tasty!
Oh, I had a question! If you use fresh cows milk, you have to skim the cream off and use that. If you are using heavy whipping cream do you just use it just like it is?
yes, if you buy whipping cream, you would just pour it in a jar/blender/etc as it is. you can add garlic powder to it IF, if you like garlic flavored butter.other wise, just use it right out of the box.
SIRJAMES091 year ago
I don't have access to a cow but a friend of mine does...so I get raw milk about 3 times a week & make my own butter...but I use a blender cause it's easier & faster. I also make my own peanut butter, and other condiments & foods. Seldom do I buy anything that I can make myself....it's cheaper, healthier & tastier.

TY Sir for posting this. it was a very enjoyable read.
Cool also luv ur you tube channel
Boygasmo1 year ago
I made this as a kid few times and it was fun for us kids. We got to shake the crap out of the jar and watch it form into smooth butter. :) :) :)

Super fun for the kids, guarantied!
essalyn1 year ago
I follow you on Youtube. As I was reading this instructable, I had no idea it was you until the end. Keep up the good work. You videos are quite awesome. Do you have an engineering background?