Homemade Butter

Making butter is easy, and the results are sweeter and creamier than prepackaged brands from the store.

By Jeanne Ambrose


make butter in a jarFun for Kids
Shake It Up Take advantage of children's jiggly, giggly energy to turn butter making into a fun family project. Simply pour 1/4 cup of organic cream into a jar, tighten the lid, and shake, shake, shake. After 15 to 30 minutes of nonstop agitation, the butterfat will separate in clumps from the liquid. When that happens, drain the milk and place the butter into a bowl. Continue with the instructions for washing and kneading as described in the basic technique.

Compound Butters
Boost the flavor of grilled fish or steak, steamed vegetables, oven-hot biscuits, or fluffy pancakes with compound butters created by stirring herbs, chives, garlic, spices, or even fresh and dried fruits into softened butter. Follow the basic technique, add the desired flavors and place the flavored butter on parchment paper. Roll it into a log, wrap securely, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Then cut off small coins to serve. Some combos to try with softened, unsalted butter:

  • Lemon zest and snipped parsley
  • Snipped fresh Thai basil, chopped garlic, and chopped, drained, pickled ginger
  • Crumbled feta cheese and chopped kalamata olives
  • Grated Parmesan cheese and snipped fresh basil
  • Grated ginger and sesame oil
  • Snipped fresh cilantro, lime zest, and Sriracha, or hot sauce
  • Coarsely ground black pepper and sea salt
  • Orange zest, chopped fresh or dried cranberries, and snipped fresh sage
  • Chopped pecans and honey
  • Orange zest, maple syrup, and blueberries