How To Make Butter From Scratch (It’s SO simple)

Homemade Butter

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Whipping Up Delight: A Step-by-Step Guide to Homemade Butter

Have you ever thought about making your own butter at home? The process is surprisingly simple, and the result is a creamy, flavorful spread that far surpasses anything you can find on the store shelves.

In this guide, I’ll take you through the equipment you’ll need, the step-by-step process, storage methods, and how long your homemade butter will keep in the freezer.

Equipment Needed

1. Heavy Cream: Start with high-quality heavy cream. 35% whipping cream is what I use and have always have amazing results with.

2. Mixer or Blender: You can use either a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a high-powered blender. Truth be told, I’ve even used a food processor to make butter. All these pieces of equipment will effectively separate the butterfat from the liquid. You can use a hand mixer but I wouldn’t recommend it, it will take FOREVER to turn into butter.

3. Salt (Optional): If you prefer salted butter, have some sea salt or kosher salt on hand. This step is entirely optional and can be adjusted to taste.

4. Cheesecloth or Kitchen Towel: For straining and squeezing out any remaining liquid from the butter.

5. Cold Water: For washing the butter and removing excess buttermilk.

Step-by-Step Process:

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Collect your heavy cream, mixer or blender, and optional salt.

Step 2: Whip It Good!
Pour the heavy cream into the mixer or blender. Start at a low speed and gradually increase to high. Keep an eye on the mixture; it will go through stages. First, whipped cream, them a crumbly textured whipped cream, and eventually separate into butterfat and buttermilk. When it does begin to separate, it can get messy! I put a towel over top my mixer to help prevent the splashes of buttermilk from going everywhere.

Step 3: Drain the Buttermilk
Once the separation is clear, strain the mixture to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. Save the buttermilk, it’s great for adding to your morning coffee or tea, as well as baking, and other recipes. I like to put my butter milk in these cute milk bottles.

Step 4: Wash the Butter
Rinse the butter under cold water while gently kneading or pressing it. This helps remove any remaining buttermilk, which can cause the butter to spoil faster.

Step 5: Salt to Taste (Optional)
If you prefer salted butter, knead in salt to taste immediately after the washing process. This step is entirely up to your preference.

Step 6: Shape and Refrigerate
Shape your butter into a log or any desired form and wrap it in parchment paper. I use this silicone mold and I love it. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow it to firm up.

Storage Methods

Butter Dish: For short-term storage (about a week), a covered butter dish on the counter is suitable. Some people will disagree with this method, but I personally leave my on the counter for up to a week and I have never had any issues with spoilage.

Refrigerator: For longer storage (about 2-3 weeks), keep your butter in the refrigerator. Ensure it is well-wrapped to prevent it from absorbing odors.

Freezer: If you want to store your homemade butter for an extended period, the freezer is your best bet.

Freezing Homemade Butter

Before freezing, wrap your butter tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn and absorption of freezer odors. For an extra layer of protection, place the wrapped butter in an airtight container or a vacuum-sealed bag. Don’t forget to label your frozen butter with the date.

While butter can last indefinitely in the freezer, it’s best used within 6-9 months for optimal flavor.

When you’re ready to use your frozen butter, transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw slowly. Avoid using the microwave, as it can cause uneven thawing.


Making homemade butter is a rewarding and surprisingly simple process that allows you to enjoy a rich, flavorful spread without any additives. Armed with the right equipment and a bit of patience, you can elevate your culinary creations and savor the taste of freshly churned butter.

Experiment with different variations and enjoy the satisfaction of serving a product made with your own hands. So, why not embark on this delightful journey of crafting your own butter at home? Your taste buds will thank you!

Check out my video below on how to make butter, and don’t forget to check out my other recipes!

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