Saturday, February 27, 2010

Homemade Butter!

Pin It One of my homesteading skills I wanted to learn this year was to make homemade butter. Well it was successful!

I used organic heavy whipping cream for this project.

I used about a quart of cream and poured it into my mixing bowl and began to mix.

The cream transformed into fluffy cream "pillows" and then stiff peaks These then broke down into soft cottage-cheese-like curds as blobs of butterfat separated from the milk.

The butter began to stiffen and lump together and the watery milk pooled in the bottom of the bowl. It took about 10 minutes for this to happen.

I then stopped the mixer and carefully poured off as much milk as I could. I refrigerated it and will use it for baking.

I then used a rubber spatula to press the butter against the sides of the bowl. I then added 1/2 cup of ice water to the butter and used the spatula to press the butter and water against the side of the bowl. This step is called washing, it keeps the butter from spoiling.

I then kept pouring the ice water and repeating the step until the ice water was clear.

I continued to knead the butter against the side of the bowl until all the liquid was pressed out.

I lightly salted the butter.

Here is the finished product. It tastes delicious! The difference is unbelievable! Luke said I need to now make homemade bread to go with it. =)

Give it a try. It is so easy and you will not believe the taste.


  1. I agree the butter is so nice and especially on homemade bread :0)

  2. Debbie, That is incredible! I'm so impressed! It would never even dawn on me to try to make butter! Love it!

  3. I agree hot bread would be Yummy! So this wasn't hard?



  4. I remember my Mom making homemade butter, she had a nice mold for it and the extra that we would not use was sold. I always thought I should give it a looks so simple. I believe I shall try:)

  5. Woohoo,fresh butter,its soo good!Thats another one off the list!
    Now get going on the bread making,lol.You will love it :0)

  6. Country the butter wasn't difficult to make at all! Very easy, it is almost scary! LOL

  7. I am going to try this...thanks for sharing this. I love your blog!

  8. I haven't made butter since I lived at home (thats been like forever!) We used to have a milk cow and she gave us 2 to6 gallons a day and we used to skim off the cream and when we had a gallon it was time to get out the large bowl mom had and our electric beater too. We used to form the butter into small 1/4 pound sizes wrap in foil and freeze them. Maybe I'll give it a try again. You are bringing back memories:)


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