Whether you are seeking a beginner’s guide to making butter or you are looking for a fresh use for your blender, there is nothing quite like creamy homemade butter.
Every two weeks I make a fresh batch of butter using the simple steps I have shared for you below. The process takes about 20 minutes from start to cleanup. Even if you have never made your own butter before, you will be making great butter in no time!
Here is what you'll need
- Blender (such as Vitamix 5200 or other blender with tamper tool/stir stick)
- 2 Cups heavy whipping cream
- Pinch of table salt
- Lidded dish that can hold up to two cups (see product recommendations below for the dish I am using)
- Medium 4 cup mixing bowl
- Silicone or other soft spatula
- Drinking cup or small bowl
Recipe yields just over one cup of butter.
1. Pour the 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into the blender container. Place the lid on.
2. Turn blender on and blend at low setting, gradually increasing speed until cream thickens and stops mixing due to air pockets. (About 30 seconds)
3. Turn blender to medium setting and remove lid center.
Replace lid center with tamper tool and use the tamper tool to push the cream down into the blades. (Don’t worry, as long as the tamper tool is made for your blender, it will not touch the blade, so push as much as you want.)
Now your cream will resemble the froth shown below in the bird’s eye blender view. This is whipped cream and not yet butter. Keep blending and tamping. Make sure to scrape the sides as you push down so that all the cream has a chance to blend. (about 3-5 minutes)
4. You will now see the cream separate into liquid and solid. The solid is butter. Once you can clearly see the two are separated, as in the image shown above, you can stop blending.
5. Pour off excess liquid into a separate container. This is buttermilk, so you can drink it, use it in another recipe or toss it if you don’t want it. It’s pretty tasty though!
6. Use a silicone spatula or similar to scoop the butter out into the larger of the two bowls. Keep pouring out any liquid buttermilk that separates.
7. Now for a fun little trick. As you can see here, butter gets stuck under the blades. Fight any urges to take the machine apart. Slippery butter meets sharp blades sounds like a recipe for disaster! Rather than disassemble the unit, fill it with cold water, right over top of the butter.
8. Use your spatula to get in around the blades and rotate them to loosen remaining butter. Do not put your hands down there. The butter will float right up to the top of the water so you can scoop it out.
9. Before the butter is complete, we need to separate any remaining buttermilk. This is why I recommend first using the larger bowl. Push, stir and squeeze the butter until all remaining liquid can be drained out.
You can also leave the butter unsalted, but salted butter will preserve itself much longer. This is also the step where you might want to use a butter mold to shape your butter—I prefer mine to look homemade!
Now your butter is ready to use! I recommend refrigeration after the first day of use, just in case you didn’t get all the buttermilk out, as excess liquid will cause the butter to go rancid more quickly. The butter will stay fresh for about two weeks, or you can freeze it for a longer life. Yield is just over 1 cup.
You can get really fancy with your butter and add honey, garlic or other spices for special meals and occasions. As for the buttermilk, I like to cover it and store it in the fridge until I make biscuits. The buttermilk is a lot like regular whole milk, so you will want to use it rather quickly before it spoils.
Now you can make your own delicious butter at home. Easy, right?
Tips for Easy Cleanup
Cleaning the blender container is easy. Fill just over halfway with hot water. Add a drop of dish soap in. Place the container back on the blender and blend medium to high for about 1 minute. Rinse out the container with hot water and allow it to air dry.
Warning: never reach inside the blender with your bare hands. Those blades are sharp! Also, while this project is fun for kids, adult supervision is recommended.
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