“I shouldn’t think even millionaires could eat anything nicer than new bread and real butter and honey for tea.” -Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
Butter has gained popularity, once again, as people understand the health benefits associated with whole foods and real fats. Butter, lard, tallow, coconut oil, avocado. All real food. All healthy fats. Rather than spending over seven dollars for a 1/2 pound of butter, that was shipped from who knows where, why not try making your own?
Raw milk is best, but optional. If you need help sourcing raw milk in your area, ask around. I am sure it is easier to find than you think!
Butter is one of the easiest fats to make. All you need is cream (preferably raw), a glass jar, food processor, or stand mixer.
In this recipe I will teach you how to make butter using a glass jar and stand mixer. Both easy and effective.
3 pints of cream yields roughly 2 1/2 cups of butter.
Cream (raw is best)
Glass Jar or Stand Mixer
Pour cream into bowl of stand mixer.
Turn stand mixer on high, and leave on high until cream thickens to a whipped cream consistency.
Turn off stand mixer and scrape down sides of bowl.
Cover mixer with a towel and turn mixer up to high. You must cover the mixer. If not, your kitchen will soon be covered in buttermilk.
Continue mixing cream until the butter fat begins to separate from the buttermilk. You will know when this happens by a splashing sound.
Continue mixing on a lower speed until the butter fat clumps together and forms a ball.
Strain buttermilk from the butter and reserve for biscuits, pancakes, or drinking.
Run the butter under cold water, in a bowl, and knead gently with your hands until the water begins to run clear. This removes any excess buttermilk and allows your butter to keep longer.
Gently squeeze water from butter.
If desired, lightly massage sea salt into prepared butter. I salt my table butter to extend its freshness, but this is optional.
This recipe makes roughly 2 cups. I store half in the refrigerator, or my butter crock, for immediate usage, and half in the freezer for later.
To make butter using simply a glass jar:
Place cream in glass pint mason jar, filling only half way.
Shake jar vigorously until butter fat separates from buttermilk.
Strain butter fat from buttermilk – reserve buttermilk for later use.
Knead and salt butter as directed above.
Homemade butter is so easy, and with a stand mixer, very hands off. You can make your butter while working in the house or homeschooling your kiddos. So simple, delicious, and much more sustainable than store bought.