Homemade Butter Recipe
from Scratch

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Homemade Butter Recipe

This recipe is so easy and makes food taste so much butter (better!). No preservatives or chemicals. You can have your kids help you make it - and enjoy it together on popcorn, mashed potatoes, garlic bread and so much more.

Homemade Butter Recipe

Make Homemade Butter using a Mixer


heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Beat with electric mixer; using whisk attachment. It will begin to form into butter a few minutes after it forms stiff peaks.

The butter needs to be washed to remove as much buttermilk as possible. This can be done by placing the butter in a bowl with cold water and kneading the butter. When the water discolors, pour it out and more cold water.

Not washing the butter will result in butter that may go rancid because of the buttermilk. 

One cup of heavy cream makes 1/2 cup of homemade butter AND 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Save the buttermilk for baking if you wish.  The butter will not be yellow.  That is just food coloring.  The salt in this recipe helps with the flavor of the butter.  You may definitely omit it if you wish.

Shake Bottle Homemade Butter


(Have the kids shake it!)

heavy whipping cream, at room temperature
1 large plastic jar
1 large marble, soaked in bleach water, rinsed and dried well
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1 drop yellow food coloring (optional)

One cup of heavy cream makes 1/2 cup of homemade butter AND 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Save the buttermilk for baking or discard. Butter and cheddar cheese do not have color when made, it is added later.

Pour the cream, salt, food coloring and marble into the jar and begin shaking. (If you let it sit so the cream separates, you don’t have to shake it as long.) When you don’t hear the marble when shaking, your getting very close to completion.

Shake it up and down and side to side and it should be ready to go in 5 to 10 minutes. Have the kids help with the shaking; they love doing it and then get to eat it. Make memories.

No more $4.00+ for a pound of butter and no preservatives. The butter will be in a chunk and the remaining liquid is buttermilk. Don't forget to wash the butter, see above.


The secret to my steak butter is to use homemade butter right off the bat. It's out of this world. Enjoy.

1 cup homemade butter, unsalted and at room temperature, recipe above
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced finely
4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp white salt
1/4 tsp black ground pepper

Cream butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Form into a log; about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and place in plastic wrap. Roll up the wrap pushing as you go to form a tight log. Freeze or refrigerate the log until needed.

When ready to serve, slice off a piece and place on the steak after it is done cooking. Excellent on grilled shrimp or chops too.

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