Easy Homemade Butter

Homemade butter is easier than you think. And no, you don’t have to churn the butter. It takes only one ingredient and ta-da, butter. That mysterious ingredient is heavy cream. All you have to do is whip it into butter. Yep, that’s it. Here’s how it’s done.

Pour a pint of heavy cream in a mixer and whip the cream until you have butter.  You first start your mixer on high, then lower it to medium when the butter and buttermilk starts to separate. And you’ll need to scrape the sides of the bowl a few time. Then strain the buttermilk from the butter. That’s it. BUTTER. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make. And it’s fascinating to watch the cream change forms from cream to whip cream to butter and buttermilk.

Mix Time: 15-20 minutes

YOU’LL NEED

  • Pint of heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Stand mixer (preferred) with a whisk attachment, or hand mixer
  • Scraper (or large spoon)
  • Large bowl
  • Colander
  • Cheesecloth (or paper towels)
  • 2 containers with lids
  • Small funnel (optional)

STEPS

  1. Pour the heavy cream into the mixer
  2. Mix on high until the cream turns into whip cream (about 5-10 minutes)
  3. Turn the mixer off and scrape the sides of the bowl and the whisk attachement
  4. Mix again (5-10 minutes)
  5. You might have to turn the mixer off and scrape the sides and the whisk attachment a few times
  6. Once you see the butter start to separate from the buttermilk turn the mixer on medium until the butter is fully separated from the buttermilk (about a minute or two)
  7. Turn the mixer off
  8. Put a cheesecloth lined colander into a bowl and pour the butter and buttermilk into the colander
  9. Slightly squeeze the rest of the buttermilk out of the butter
  10. Add a pinch of salt (optional) to the butter
  11. Slightly form (in the cheesecloth) into a ball
  12. Put the ball of butter into a container with a lid
  13. Close the lid and put into the refriderator
  14. Get another container with a lid
  15. Put a funnel on the container (optional) and pour the buttermilk in the container
  16. Close the lid and put into the refrigerator

Once you’ve got the basic concept, go ahead and make it your own. Add fresh herbs, or honey, or steak sauce.

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