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How to Make Homemade Butter

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"We're going to do our own handmade butter, using just cold, heavy cream. It's done with no heavy equipment at all, just good old-fashioned arm power. It's the original elbow grease!"
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Ingredients

15 m servings 137
Original recipe yields 4 servings (1 /4 cup butter)

Directions

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  1. Pour cream into the jar and screw on the lid. Shake jar until butter forms a soft lump, 15 to 20 minutes. Continue to shake until buttermilk separates out of the lump and the jar contains a solid lump of butter and liquid buttermilk.
  2. Pour contents of the jar into a fine mesh strainer and strain out the buttermilk, leaving the solid butter. Remove the lump of butter and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • You can do this in a food processor much faster, but I wanted to go old-school.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 137 calories; 14.7 1.1 0.8 54 15 Full nutrition

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Hello Chef John, I tried this the first time with a pre-school class. The kids loved doing this activity. Here is a hint to make it much easier. Throw a clean marble in the jar. When you have a ...

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Hello Chef John, I tried this the first time with a pre-school class. The kids loved doing this activity. Here is a hint to make it much easier. Throw a clean marble in the jar. When you have a ...

This is a good recipe. I've been making butter this way on and off for over 40 years. It is very easy. I would add the following tips though to this recipe to make it extra easy- 1. Make sure yo...

I must be the only adult in the world who never did this as a kid so in an effort to recapture my youth, I tried this. What fun.. and soooo delicious!

When I was a kid, which is 70 yrs ago, my grandma used to sit us on the floor and give us each a quart mason jar to shake til we made butter. We (5 of us) thought this was great fun.

I made butter. I'm pretty sure this is how man felt when he discovered fire.

If you desire to make a larger amount, be sure to work some cold water through your butter to prevent an "off" flavor during storage. As you are making a small amount with this recipe, I am sur...

I had never heard of this before, and I was so proud of myself for making homemade butter! lol It tastes good, I would add a bit of salt next time. Thank you Chef John, you're right, it was fun!!

My son and I have been wanting to make our own butter for a while now. Thank you. Also, I found the answer you asked for, about the cold water... Now you need to "rinse" the butter. It is impo...

I did this myself over 50 years ago when I was in kindergarden! I still remember it!