Easy Homemade Butter

Everything’s better with butter… theoretically you may or may not agree, but deep down you know it’s true! What’s even better is that butter is so easy to make at home. Heavy cream is all you need to make easy homemade butter and if you’ve got a blender or food processor then the only other thing you need is about 10 minutes of time. That’s it – cheap and easy homemade butter that’s soft and silky made fresh right in your kitchen! The finished texture of this homemade butter makes it great for spreading, molding or even piping into pretty designs. And, you’ve got a by-product of fresh buttermilk to make some fresh biscuits that will perfectly accompany your easy homemade butter.

After all, everything’s better with easy homemade butter!

easy homemade butter

Easy Homemade Butter

Ingredients for Easy Homemade Butter

easy homemade butter

  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Fine Sea Salt if for tasting and spreading (or omit salt if this easy homemade butter is just for baking)
  • Instructions to Make Easy Homemade Butter

    1. Pour cream into your blender or food processor. If you own both appliances: a blender will be slightly faster, but it’s slightly easier to remove the finished product from a food processor.
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    3. Blend for about 8-10 minutes. You are watching for a ball to form as the butter separates from the milk. That ball is your easy homemade butter! In a food processor, the walls of the processor will be lined with the creamy substance. My food processor made beautiful butter in 9 minutes.
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    5. Next, you have a choice to go super easy, which gets you a softer butter, or use a cheesecloth to be sure that you are only getting butter solids into your butter and absolutely all the milk is removed.

    6. A) Cheesecloth method: If you have cheesecloth,line a strainer with it and then place the strainer over a container to catch the buttermilk. Pour the blender contents into the strainer. Gather up the cheesecloth around the solids and knead them together to form a log and then press out any excess water. Rinse the log under cold water and then pat dry with a paper towel. Season with the sea salt if desired.


      B) No cheesecloth: If you don’t have cheesecloth, then simply press the ball into a bowl and use the back of a spoon to press the ball against the bowl and then drain off any excess liquid. As you can see, we chose the easy route (of course).

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    7. Refrigerate both the liquid and the butter. Use the separated liquid for your next batch of biscuits or other baked good recipe. After all, it’s fresh Buttermilk!

    You’ll get about 1&3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk from this recipe.

    Easy Homemade Butter

    Additional Information on Easy Homemade Butter

    Easy homemade butter will last at least 2 weeks wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator.

    Heavy Cream can usually be purchased in warehouse stores in 2 Quart cartons for about $6-$7. If you only made easy homemade butter with the entire carton you would get 6 cups of easy homemade butter. That’s about $2 per box (2 cups) of butter – compare that price with your local grocer and see how much you would save. At regular prices here, we save about $6 (I know, we seldom buy at regular price… but this easy homemade butter is usually even cheaper than sale prices).

    To find out how long buttermilk lasts, check our buttermilk page.

    To use your fresh butter in a recipe, remember that 1 stick of butter = 1/2 Cup or 8 Tablespoons of easy homemade butter.

    To find out the difference in butter types, check our salted vs unsalted post.

    To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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