How to Make Butter




Making butter is extremely easy. It took less than 15 minutes. I used a food processor. One pint of heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Cheesecloth and a strainer.

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Step 1:

Pour the pint of heavy cream into the food processor and add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt. Then turn on processor.

Step 2:

You will notice that at first your processor just sounds like its mixing liquids. After a few moments you can tell just by its sound that butter magic is happening inside it.

Step 3:

By 5 minutes I could see that the butter was forming and the buttermilk was separating from it.

Step 4:

At this point I took a look inside and yup, there's butter.

Step 5:

I took a strainer and put two layers of cheese cloth across it and poured all the buttermilk through it. I drained it into a bowl sitting underneath the strainer.

Step 6:

Once I had all the butter in the cheesecloth I washed my hands and then closed the cheesecloth around the butter and began squeezing it to remove as much buttermilk as possible .

Step 7:

At this point you want to rinse the butter really well using ice water while kneading the butter until the water runs clear and there's no longer milk in the butter. This will help keep the butter from going bad . If you do not rinse and there is still milk in the butter , the milk will go sour and your butter will go bad.

Step 8:

Once you have squeezed and squeezed and rinsed and rinsed your butter is ready

Step 9:

Once done squeezing I put it in a Tupperware container and into the fridge. Tasting it now is rather dangerous because its so darn good it may not make it into the fridge!

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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Hi, thank you for this, I can't wait to start. One question, can you use the buttermilk for something also?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi. Great instructable! I am wondering what speed you set the food processor on? Thanks.

    1 reply

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you!
    I only have pulse and on as far as speeds so I just turned it on and let it go. I wish I had a processor with speeds on it.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I like zour post :) I don't have food processor. So there is also a great tutoral how to do butter without food processor. Its funy... no exercise needed on the day you are making butter...hehe is a link:

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yes you can shake the fire out of it in a jar as well. I was completely shocked at how easy it is to make using a processor though. I had butter in about 15 minutes as opposed to over an hour with the hand shaking process.


    6 years ago

    Your cheese cloth looks a lot like gauze? Where do you get cheese cloth from? I've never used it before so please forgive me

    1 reply

    I picked up cheesecloth from my local grocery store. It is a lot like gauze, but a lot larger. I have heard of people using coffee filters instead as well as using a clean kitchen cloth.


    6 years ago

    Awesome ible, thanks for sharing! I'll have to give this a go soon. HH, don't worry about being too specifically focussed on the cheese cloth. A kitchen towel, dinner napkin or handkerchief will all stand in place with no issues. If you want to buy a cheesecloth, some grocery stores carry them, or you can order them online.