Have you ever made your own butter?

United States
September 21, 2009 10:47am CST
I tried this the other day and it was fun and the butter tastes so much better than store bought! It was easy as well! Here is what you need: Jar with tight fitting lid cream (heavy or regular doesn't matter) strong arms for shaking All you do is put your cream in the jar screw on the lid and start shaking. It will take 10-20 minutes but once your cream turns to butter strain it (keep the liquid that is buttermilk and is excellent to bake with in biscuits and cornbread and anything else). add salt if desired and put in fridge. I used a pint of cream and got a half a cup of butter and a half cup of buttermilk I used the buttermilk in my cornbread.
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23 responses
23 Sep 09
I do make my own butter and later turn it into ghee.They are so tasty .Once you eat this home made butter and ghee you will not feel like tasting the ones available at the stores .You can prepare the butter with the help of a mixie.Daily collect the cream from the milk .When a sufficient amount of cream is accumulated ,all you have to do is put it in the mixie and whip .Add water and agsin whip till you can find the butter and buttermilk separate.Take the butter and butter milk separate .Delicious butter is ready .
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@dlr297 (4907)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I make it myself all the time and you are so right that it does taste so much better. I will also add some honey, or garlic, or other herbs to give it a different flavor.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
When I was a kid we lived on a farm-and yes,we made our own butter.Mama didn't use a churn,as a usual rule that was my "job." That old quart jar got heavy for me,but the butter was delicious and I was doing something that helped. I've never thought to do this with the cream,though.So,thank you.I'm going to try this with my granddaughters.They are being home-schooled and this will be a great project for them!
@vathsala30 (3727)
• India
21 Sep 09
I will make my own butter First I'll collect the thick cream in a bowl and add 1 tsp. buttermilk/curd to it. Next day it will be set. keep aside in the fridge and next day again I'll collect the cream and add curd. third day I will mix the 1st and 2nd set cream. In this way, when the bowl in the fridge fills, I'll put the set cream in the mixer and add 1 glass of water and run the mixer for 1 minute and strain the butter and keep it in the fridge. next day butter will become hard leaving the water and I will strain the water easily.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
My grandmother would milk the cows, skim off the cream and put it into a butterchurn (a crock with a lid and a dasher) and churn the butter then she would drain it and wash it and season it. My grandmother made butter all the time she couldn't afford to buy all the groceries they needed so she made what she could. They butchered there own meat (cows,pigs and chickens) smoked it and froze it. They canned what they got from the garden. In the summer there was berry picking. In the fall hunting and trapping. They also went ginseng hunting (weird to call it that since it is a root) and sold the ginseng. That is the kind of life I would like to get back to. Living off the land as much as possible.
@olydove (1209)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Oh I am definitely going to have to try this! I love butter real butter not that margarine stuff. Every since I found out what margarine really is, I refuse to eat it or feed it to my children. I agree with your comment about getting back to living on the land. We all would be so much healthier if we did. I have never been one for eating much veggies except I always liked corn on the cob, peas, and a few other things, but we planted a garden last year and I tell you what I have never tasted veggies that were so delicious! We planted Acorn Squash, zucchini, hubbard squash, Sweet peas, broccoli OMG I'm so pleased with our garden. We're not canning stuff because I hate the taste of canned vegetables but we are cutting it up and freezing it. The squash we cook first let it cool down naturally then freeze it and it still tastes delicious. My husband is from Ecuador and his family used to make their own cheese, butter, they butcher their own meat etc. My dream is to some day have a small farm where we can plant our own garden and raise some chickens ( nothing so good as farm fresh eggs YUM, a couple of cows one for milk and maybe 2 for the meat, a couple of pigs etc, and one of the things hubby said he'd love to have again is some home made butter. I didn't realize it's so easy to make it thank you so much for posting this because I will definitely give it a shot!
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@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
21 Sep 09
How do you know it has turned into butter? Do you think there's another way to make it instead of just shaking it all out? I've figured it would really be straining doing it 10-20 minutes. And when you say 'shaking' is it sideways or up and down? I'd love to try this one, but cream is just too expensive here and I'm betting it'll be cheaper if I bought the ready-made butter, but still I'm willing to make one just for the experience of it.
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• United States
10 Oct 09
you'll know it is butter when it goes past the whipped cream stage (like cool whip) and starts to seperate into butter and buttermilk. You can use a food processor or a stand mixer to do this also. I just like shaking it in the jar.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
21 Sep 09
Hiya sweetdesign..I subscribe to MotherEarthNews and in one of the issues there was a full article on making butter and cheese from cow and goat milk. I found it very interesting and always meant to try it myself. I do have a pint of heavy whipping cream in the fridge. It's expired but gonna still try and make butter with it. Would be a fun project to do with my daughter tonight. Thanks for the reminder!
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• United States
21 Sep 09
I get that mag at the store everyonce in awhile. I really like it. I like the Hobby Farm mag too. Lots of good info in those. Have fun with the butter making!
@sblossom (2170)
21 Sep 09
You are so amazing. I have never thought to make my own butter. Just a few days ago I had idea what butter comes from and how many butters I can get in market. My knowledge about butter is very limited and I also don’t know how to use butter in my cooking, because butter is a kind of new in my world. I just know to put butter on my toast. It’s very yummy. By the way sometimes when I cook Simon I put some butter on the pan.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
Butter makes everything taste better LOL. I like using real butter instead of margerine. Margerine has so many additives and it is basically oil and water. Butter is much better.
@babyjesus (277)
28 Sep 09
no i have not and i don't think i will have the patience now to make one. I appreciate the recipe but maybe i will share it to my daughters who much younger and will have the strenght to prepare it.
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@Archie0 (4676)
25 Sep 09
[i]hello :) well yes at home we always make our own butter, salted or unsalted both.We churn our own curd and make ghee at home which we use in our cooking and eating, we hardly buy butter from outside.[/i]
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• Canada
24 Sep 09
I remember a very very long time ago (probably about 25 years ago) when we did something like that in my nursery school class. We helped the teachers make homemade bread, and then we madesome homemade butter for the bread. We didn't do it with a big butter churn, just with a blender I think (I think the teache over-whipped some whipped cream, and then put it in a container of some sort, and gave it to everyone to shake a few times, and then look inside and see how the butter was turning out. It was a really neat experience.
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@mrsctb7 (120)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Bravo to you for posting this! I never thought even how butter is made, and now I want to make some! Many thanks for posting this. I'm also someone who dislikes margarine, but I'm sure my "own" butter will taste even better!
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@reinydawn (11651)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Thanks!! I'm going to have to try this!
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@WebMann (4734)
• Canada
22 Sep 09
Not since I was a kid growing up on the farm and that was about 45 years ago. I used to help churn butter for a little while and then the margarine in the plastic bags with a little colour in the middle. We would have to pound that bag for about a half hour before it was usable. Churning butter was hard for a kid but looking back it was a pretty cool opportunity most kids today don't get.
@bdugas (3585)
• United States
22 Sep 09
No I never have but now that you have told us how to do it I will try it, when I was a small child my mother went to a lady's house about once a month and she bought a tub of real butter, butter the woman made. Oh my god the difference in the taste. I use the real butter in the store for things like, toast, muffins, etc. And some times I cook with it. Used to buy the soft tub of margerine because real butter was so expensive, but now it is down to about 2 bucks a pound so I buy 2 when I go to the store. I can get hubby to shake and that will make it easier if both of us is doing it.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
We used to make butter when I was a kid. We'd buy the whole milk and let the cream rise to the top. Then we'd skim the cream off and put it in the butter churn. We kids would take turns cranking away until finally we'd have butter. It was so good! And the real milk was good too. Unfortunately the milk man stopped selling milk (probably health regulations) and we had to start using regular milk from the store. My mom still has several butter churns up on top of her cupboards. We also used to make ice cream for special occasions. It was delicious!
@savak03 (6660)
• United States
22 Sep 09
Boy does that bring back memories. When I was a little girl we lived on a dairy farm so we always made our own butter. My grandmother would fix the jar for me and put me in the middle of the bed to shake it. She had me do it in the bed in case I dropped the jar it would not break. I was just a little thing but I was so proud to be able to do it.
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• United States
22 Sep 09
When I was a kid we used to make our own butter a lot and we always got to take turns shaking the jar until it was finished. It was always so much better than store bought butter and it was a good feeling knowing that we had made it ourselves!! I have many wonderful memories of it from when I was a kid. It has been many years since I have done though!! Thank you so much for starting this discussion!!! I will have to get some cream tomorrow and let my kids help me make some butter. I am sure that they will have just as much fun as I did when I was a kid and be proud to let their daddy try out what they have made.
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• United States
21 Sep 09
Well me and my family are down home Italians and we make our own food quite often. Yeah we have made our own butter quite often. We even have our own churning thingy from like a hundred years ago. We uses the butter for pretty much everything that we cook. The buttermilk is great for baking stuff. We also make cheese and stuff.
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@Bunney (30)
21 Sep 09
I also made butter at school, we did it with full cream milk in exactly the same way. Brilliant, think I will give it another go!
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@UK_Shree (3604)
21 Sep 09
Oh that sound brilliant! The only time I have ever made butter was when I was at school . I still remember vaguely the process. I must have been around only 5 years old, and it was one of the activities we did. I remember that I really enjoyed doing it. In fact your post has inspired me to try it again at home after all these years. Thanks!
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