How to Make Homemade Butter (Mason Jar or Mixer)

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Learn how to make homemade butter 2 different ways in this fun activity for all ages! It’s easy to whip your own butter and make your own buttermilk!

Growing up in the American West, there is much celebration of the heritage of the American West and the legacy of the pioneers who lived and developed the area into what it is today. One activity we always seem to do at pioneer celebrations in our community and schools is making our own butter.

Homemade butter can be made in many different ways. Mason jars are a fun and accessible activity for people of any age and skill level. All you need is a jar and some heavy cream. For less arm work, you can also use a hand or stand mixer.

  • Jar Dimensions for Shake Method:

    You can use any size jar. Baby food jars are easier for small hands to handle, so consider using them if you’re doing this activity with younger children. The recipe will change depending on the size of the jar you use. You just want to fill the jar halfway with heavy cream. You need to leave room in the jar for the cream to churn into the butter.

  • Salt options:

    As written, the recipe is for unsalted butter. Want salted butter? Add a pinch of salt (up to 1/4 teaspoon per 1 cup of cream) to the cream before shaking or mixing. After churning the butter, you can also add herbs, honey, and other flavorings for a delicious butter.

  • Honey Butter:

    We know you’re really here to make honey butter, so this recipe is for you. After making butter, you can add honey to it in a 2:1 ratio. This recipe should make about 1/2 cup of butter, so you need to add 1/4 cup of honey. Have a crazy sweet tooth? Continuing with the 1:1 ratio, add the full 1/2 cup to the 1/2 cup prepared butter.

  • How should I store homemade butter? how long will it last

    Butter will keep for 3-5 days at room temperature and about 7-10 days refrigerated. How long it lasts depends on the age of your cream and how well you can rinse the buttermilk off. The idea behind homemade butter is to eat it fresh within a few days. Wrap well or place in an airtight container. Buttermilk is the liquid that remains after the butter has been shaped. You can also store it in the refrigerator for about a week for later use. I highly recommend using it in my brownie recipe.

Learn how to make homemade butter in a mason jar in this fun pioneer activity for kids and adults! It

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homemade butter on wooden board

Learn how to make homemade butter 2 different ways in this fun activity for all ages! It’s easy to whip your own butter and make your own buttermilk!

Preparation time 12 minute

total time 12 minute

raw material

  • 1 cup heavy cream Fat content 38%
  • cold water


Mixer Description

  • Pour the cream into the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, or use the mixing bowl and hand mixer. Start beating the cream on low speed and gradually increase the speed as the mixture thickens.

  • After a few minutes, whipped cream will form. Continue to stir. The whipping cream will start to turn yellow. After a few more minutes, the fat solids will separate from the liquid, and you’ll see clumps of buttery fat quickly form, leaving sloshing liquid buttermilk at the bottom of the bowl.

glass bottle instructions

  • Pour heavy cream into glass jars, half full. Do not exceed the half mark. Tighten the cap to make sure there are no leaks.

  • Shake the glass bottle for approximately 5-7 minutes. After a few minutes, whipped cream will form. Continue shaking until you hear lumps inside, then shake for another 30-60 seconds. You should clearly see the fatty solids have separated from the liquid. The time required depends on how hard you shake the jar.

Rinse, season and store

  • Strain fat solids from buttermilk using a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. You can reserve the buttermilk and save it for later use in recipes.

  • Pour cold water over the butter. Pour off water and repeat rinse 2 more times. Shape into balls or any other shape (you can buy butter molds for fun designs).

  • At this point you have butter. You can add things like salt, honey, and herbs to make a flavored butter, or eat it as is.

Calories: 410kcal | carbohydrate: 3G | protein: 2G | fat: 44G | Saturated fat: 27G | cholesterol: 163mg | sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 89mg | Vitamin A: 1750unit | calcium: 77mg

How to Make Homemade Butter (Mason Jar or Blender)