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How to make homemade butter

Prep Time:

1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time:



1 pound butter



About the Recipe

Learn how to make homemade butter the old fashioned way using fresh cream and your KitchenAid stand mixer. No butter churn required!


  • 1  32 oz container (1 quart) of heavy whipping cream or heavy cream

  • ice cold water

  • 1/2  teaspoon salt, optional



  • 1. To start, set the cream out on the counter for about an hour to let it come to room temperature. This will help the mixing process go more quickly. If the cream is cold it will take longer to separate.

  • 2. Pour 2 - pints of heavy cream (32 ounces) or whipping cream into your mixer bowl. Turn the mixer on and start on low speed gradually increasing to medium - medium high speed.

  • 3. First the cream will turn into soft whipped cream, then whipping cream with stiff peaks. Keep mixing until the cream separates.

  • 4. You will start to see the mixture stick to the whisk attachment. At this point cover the mixer with a dish towel to prevent splattering (this is a must).

  • 5. This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes and you will hear (a sloshing) and see the butter fat separate from the liquid (buttermilk).

  • 6. Once the butter has solidified, pour off the buttermilk and save it for baking or use in homemade biscuits, pancakes or waffles.

  • 7. Now you want to rinse the butter to remove all the buttermilk. If not, the butter will turn rancid.

  • 8. Rinse the butter by pouring ice cold water over the butter and pressing the remaining buttermilk out using a small spatula or knead with your hands.

  • 9. Pour off the water and repeat the process until the water runs clear.

  • 10. Once the water runs clear, keep pressing the butter to remove as much of the buttermilk as possible.

  • 11. At this point add a bit of salt (optional) and work it through the butter using your spatula.

  • 12. Pat the butter dry with a paper towel and place butter in a covered bowl or shape into sticks and wrap in parchment paper (label and date).


Homemade butter stores in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freeze for up to 12 months. Salted butter will freeze for up to 6 months and unsalted butter will last 12 months. Butter left out on the counter will last 3-5 days at room temperature. 

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