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

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

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.

Step 4: Butter Churning: Step 2

When your cream has turned to whipping cream, feel free to take a 3 minute break. 

This seems to help the whipping cream settle to the bottom a bit, making the next step a lot easier, and a lot quicker.

Step 5: Butter Churning: Step 3

Shake as hard, and as fast as you can!

You are on the home-streach to getting butter.  The harder and faster you shake, the quicker the cream is going to break.

When you begin to hear liquid sloshing around in the jar again, you're almost done.  Just shake a little bit longer to make sure it's all complete.

This time when you look in the jar, you should see 2 distinct substances.  A ball of something creamy and yellow, and some liquid.

The creamy yellow ball is butter, and is ready to eat!  It should be good for a couple of days, but if you want it to last longer, rinse it in cold water until the water turns clear, and mix in a pinch of salt.  It can last around 2 weeks .

I compared this homemade butter with some of the highest quality butter we got from the store.  Can you see the difference? (The homemade butters are at the top, and right of the last picture.)

Step 6: Traditional Buttermilk & Honey Butter

The excess liquid is "Traditional Buttermilk".

We tried using this to make whole wheat buttermilk waffles, and they turned out great.

I used some raw organic honey, and a few other ingredients, like vanilla and salt, to make a delicious honey butter.  By the way, this tastes amazing on your fresh buttermilk waffles!

Note: I based the recipe off this video I saw from mahalodotcom - "How to Make Honey Butter"

Step 7: Butter Candle

Well that's my experience with turning fresh cows milk, into butter.  If you're like me, you'll probably eat it the first day :)

There are other neat uses for butter, like making an emergency "Butter Candle".  Make sure you check out that video, if only to gain another idea for survival situations.

That's it for now.  If you liked this project, perhaps you'll like some of my others.

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If you haven't seen the video yet, it's not too late.  You can still see it below.

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    4 years ago

    If you don't want the work out part you can put the cream in a bowl and use the electric mixer. Just keep blending till you see that nice butter texture.


    5 years ago

    I remember doing this at school


    6 years ago

    Is it possible to use milk from the store to make butter in the jar?

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    2 replies

    6 years 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!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    Colonel K0rn

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Grant, those waffles look amazing! You need to do an instructable on them.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    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.


    6 years 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...


    6 years ago on Introduction

    At our school, we made these in 3rd grade. They gave us all mason jars and we got to shake it our selves!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is a great instructable. You also taught me something new, I had no idea butter could be use as a candle, wild!