How to Make Butter

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Most folks think making butter is a time-consuming chore requiring a lot of muscle.

Well, it used to be. It still is if you use the pounding in a butter churn method, or the shake it in a mason jar method.

However, I'm lazy. I prefer this method - I'm all about making the appliances do the work.

This usually takes me 20 minutes to make, from the time I start pulling ingredients out to the time I put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Don't let the number of steps fool you - most of that time is spent waiting, not working.

Cost: $5 for a quart of cream, of which we used half (one pint), so the portion used here was $2.50, which made about 8 ounces of butter.
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Step 1: Gather Ingredients & Equipment

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Heavy whipping cream - this says minimum 36% milk fat on the label
If you buy a pint of cream, expect to make about a cup of butter.

Salt, optional


Measuring cup, optional

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Spatula / scraper for blender


Small container to store butter

Step 2: Pour Cream into Blender

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Add salt to taste here if desired. I wouldn't go over 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt to 2 cups cream to start.

Step 3: Turn on Blender

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Select highest speed you're comfortable with on blender. On this mixer, that's the "liquefy" setting. However, on liquefy, the thing sounds like a jet engine in my very tiny kitchen. So, comfortable for me is "grind", which bumps the decibels down to a slightly less painful level.

Step 4: Wait for the Magic

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This is the hardest step. It takes about 15 minutes total for steps 3-6 with my blender. Your blender may vary. That includes the time that the blender is stopped & I'm peeking inside to check the progress.

First, the cream will turn into soft whipped cream, about 2-3 minutes. Then stiff whipped cream, about 3-5 minutes.

During these 3-5 minutes, when you stop the blender to peek inside, use the spatula to scrape the whipped cream back down onto the blender blades
can you use half and half?
Sorry culturing method
Sorry culturing method
Sorry culturing method
Good one but you could use the culturibg method .you can make this with milk(indian method)
Agree with the comment about high powered blenders. In five minutes on hogh, my Vitamix had the raw cultured cream I started with heated up to 155F. Guess it's dead now! Cooling it down and the fridge to practice with anyway. Maybe a lower setting?
for the absolutely have-to-have yellow butterers anatto is a naturally occurring color additive . yellow, just not yellow #5.(it's actually an orange color, but diluted it's a yellow. )
CyberBill5 years ago
Just made some tonight. My girlfriend wants to marry me now. THANKS!
kreuzberg5 years ago
I just tried this with my blender. I had it set on food processing speed. I got to the point where I had made whipped cream and kept got grainy, but then it turned into really thin liquid with no solids at all. Did I do it too long? I started out with "whipping cream" (not heavy whipping cream, if that matters). I plan to try it again tonight or tomorrow.
Herbed and/or garlic butter should be just as easy to make me thinks
col19996 years ago
Very cool! Thank you for sharing this!
pyroelfears6 years ago
why did you dump the buttermilk!!!!!!!!You threw the best part(besides the butter)!! you could have used the buttermilk in buttermilk pancakes, my favorite.
ixovaldes6 years ago
This was the coolest thing! I needed unsalted butter for a cake mix. I only had salted butter, but my wife always keeps heavy whipping cream.......Bammmm! 10-11 mins later it was Butter. I would suggest you drain it as best you can. switch to a small tuperware and start squeezing with a large spoon and the liquid will ooze out and then keep draining.
My Mom use to make butter with my kids (now 27 & 30) when they were little They used a mixer.One Christmas my son wanted to make it green, so my Mom added green food coloring. They made butter lots of other times , too but my kids, Dad and brother still talk about the green butter when we get together. My Dad always says "if you're making butter don't add food coloring! " My Mom's gone now. It's a good memory for all of us. : ) Here's making some butter and memories with the little one in your life.
nerdmom9206 years ago
shooby6 years ago
Wait, you drain the buttermilk. So tasty! If you like sweet tasting milk, drink the buttermilk, it's the best.
Derin shooby6 years ago
everyone gets the point! in a good way
rsrwright6 years ago
I think you should mention that liquid that you drain off is buttermilk. I save mine for pancakes. Fresh butter is the best, thanks for the how to.
Derin rsrwright6 years ago
buttermilk is delicious
Thoth rsrwright6 years ago
Though this buttermilk (aka taditional buttermilk) is more akin to whey than buttermilk you buy from the market which is a cultured milk product similar to yogurt.
If you continue to run the mix in the blender it will turn yellow. The butter needs to be rinses to remove the buttermilk, otherwise it can turn rancid Good instructible
when i drank homemade buttermilk it had small butter particles in it
Derin6 years ago
The liquid you drain is awesome to drink just salt it its a waste draining it when you can drink it
Derin Derin6 years ago
the liquid is called buttermilk if its made this way(by churning) there are churning machines out there for this purpose the other way to make the liquid(no english term for it) is mixing with yogurt and shaking well
wasabi327466 years ago
I use to have the same exact blender. Never thought I would see one again.
That's what i was thinking!
Looks like whipping cream...
wilsonzone6 years ago
I made this last Friday using a food processor since we don't have a blender. It took a while (about 15 minutes, but watching it makes time drag) and I was starting to doubt it would work, but all of a sudden everything thickened up and I had butter. We try to stay away from salt so this is perfect for us. Only problem we had is keeping it in the fridge makes it too hard to work with. We take it out of the fridge an hour before we need it and it's perfect. My wife loved it and said I will be making butter from now on instead of her buying it. Great, now I have another chore to do around the house. ;-P
mozelda6 years ago
how long will it stay fresh in the fridge
oh my dad that was delicious!
Butter butter I like butter Better butter I like even better But beating better butter is best in a butter blender
Um, U R silly! LOL! good comment to break the monotony and wake my mind up a bit. heehee
feeshy6 years ago
Having a go at the minute, trouble is the blender is getting pretty hot and it doesn't seem to want to start solidifying. I've put it in the fridge to cool it down for now, hopefully it will work afterwards.
Don't cool it down, warm it up. For fastest breakdown it should be about 60 to 65 degrees.
yankeedudle6 years ago
Neat! Can I use lowfat milk instead of cream?
Butter is just the coagulation of the fat in the cream, so no, it wouldn't work. You would just have milk.
About a year ago on a cooking site somewhere, there was a post that went something like this "I love this, I can't wait to make butter. I'm going to use Soy Milk". All questions are good though! It was a good question yankeedudle. Soy Milk was just funny to me.
I tried this and it was so easy! I'm glad i found this instructable.Thank you.
Cake4UsAll6 years ago
What a great idea. This will be very useful to me.
BaileyBoo26 years ago
Yum! it worked.
AidanG6 years ago
I always use hand mixers, the kind you usually use to mix batters or make whipped cream. Just keep whipping the cream, and eventually it will "break", and voila, butter! Then you just put the beaters in the dishwasher, and you're done - even easier to clean than using the blender.... Good instructible! I hadn't thought of using a blender.
stasterisk6 years ago
AWESOME!!! Thanks! I used heavy whipping cream and a normal blender, and it took about three minutes. The butter is delicous. I ate some superb fried eggs and ham made in my new homemade butter.
inquisitive6 years ago
MMmmmm...Butta! That is great to know if I run out too. I try to have heavy whipping cream on hand for lots of calorie killing delectables, so thanks!
Patrik6 years ago
Quick note of caution - most blenders aren't made to run continuously for 15 minutes straight. So make sure to keep any eye on the temperature of your blender motor along the way! Of course, there are also some high-powered blenders (Vitamix etc) that run at a high enough speed that whatever you're blending will heat up significantly due to friction (kinda cool - you can make hot soup, starting from cold veggies). I would guess that would be detrimental to butter making, but you'd probably know if you have one of these blenders...
EbolThrax6 years ago
I would have never thought that making butter was this simple... I can't wait to put this on some popcorn.
i love making butter!
library4me6 years ago
Can you freeze this butter and thaw it later?
lbailey825 (author)  library4me6 years ago
never tried it, but i don't see why not...
locofocos6 years ago
Haha, I had gotten some whipping cream to make into ice cream, but I waited a while to make the ice cream. When I opened up the 4 containers of whipping cream, they had chunks of butter in them. I actually had to get a spoon and scrape it all out cause only part of it would still pour. I initially thought it had gone bad and solidified (like if you leave milk in a thermos over thanksgiving break, don't remind me about it)
If you don't like trying to scrape out a blender, you can also do this with a stand mixer or a food processor.
lbailey825 (author)  ultravioletu6 years ago
very true. I prefer the blender solely because my food processor won't fit in my dishwasher & it is a pain to get all the pieces out of the cabinet. It all goes back to being lazy...
1winner26 years ago
When do I put the salt in if I like it salted?
Fascinating! A new way to make an old favorite. How much salt do I add to this recipe?
lbailey825 (author)  chuckr446 years ago
just edited step 2 to show this - 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon for 2 cups cream. we don't like a lot of salt, so you may want to adjust to your family's taste.
lbailey825 (author)  1winner26 years ago
oops sorry, will edit to show that - we don't salt ours - put the salt in at step 2, before you start blending
UncleJon6 years ago
OMG! So simple. Why have I not heard of this before? THANKS and 5 stars for you!
Plasmana6 years ago
Can it be melted?
lbailey825 (author)  Plasmana6 years ago
yes, we melted some of this batch last night for garlic toast. yummy!
Cool! Thank you for this great instructable! I am going to make some butter very soon! :-D 5 stars!
kelllbelll6 years ago
OK, this sounds too good to be true, so I just tried it. WOW! MAGIC! We are eating homemade butter on our waffles right now. My family now thinks I am a domestic sorcerer LOL Also great instructionables and pics. Thanks!
saites20016 years ago
That's pretty cool. Thanks.