Making my own butter!

img_1572.JPG I had such a blast making my own butter yesterday! Yes, that is right! I made my own homemade butter. At first I thought it must be so difficult and time consuming to do it, but boy was I vastly mistaken. It was so easy and well worth it for the wonderful taste! It is cheaper and fresher this route!


4 cups of heavy cream (raw is preferred, but pasteurized is okay, not ultra-pasteurized) – I skimmed the raw cream off the top of my raw milk I get from a local farm (Read more about the benefits of raw milk here). From 1 1/2 gallons of milk I got 2 1/2 cups of raw cream, I could then just make it out of this, but I went ahead and added some pasteurized cream.
1/2 tsp. salt

Makes 1/2-3/4 lb. of butter and 1/2 quart of buttermilk

I used by Bosch Mixer (my favorite appliance!), but I am sure you could use a KitchenAid or other mixer.

1. Fit your mixer with the plastic beater, or whisk. Blend. The cream will go through the following stages: Sloshy, frothy, soft whipped cream, firm whipped cream, coarse whipped cream. Then, suddenly, the cream will seize, its smooth shape will collapse, and the whirring will change to sloshing. The butter is now fine grained bits of butter in buttermilk, and a few seconds later, a glob of yellowish butter will separate from milky buttermilk. It took about 15 minutes in my machine (I let it do it’s thing while I fed Karis). See the pictures below.




2. Drain the buttermilk. Keep for other uses as it is perfectly good raw buttermilk.

3. Add 1/2 cup of ice-cold water, and blend further. Discard wash water and repeat until the wash water is clear (it took me 3-4 times).

4. Add 1/2 tsp of salt, to taste, if desired.

5. Squeeze out excess water. Take the butter out of the mixer and place on paper towels (or put on a clean towel as I did, since I do not have paper towels) and squeeze out any excess water. You can also place it in another bowl and use two forks or a potato masher to work out the excess water, pour out the water. Another option: put in large covered jar, and shake or tumble. Continue working, pouring out the water occasionally, until most of the water is removed.

6. Store. The butter is complete! Wrap up in wax paper, or place in a butter plate, or some other container. I froze mine in small glass jars to preserve it longer.


UPDATE 4/7/08 -After much experimenting, I have discovered that homemade butter doesn’t last long at all before spoiling, due to the difficulty it is to remove all the butter fat. It does work well to freeze in portions.

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

103 Responses to Making my own butter!

  1. heidi August 22, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Looking for someone who has made their own butter before from raw cream. I bought two gallons of raw milk. Skimmed the cream off the top. Because of the jug it was in, I think I may have gotten too much milk. Anyways, I read on a website that to make good butter leave it out over night. So I did and I put it in mixer and after 2 hours of mixing nothing but frothy milky cream. Took out milk and refrigerated the cream because I saw on another site for cream to be cold and still nothing. It wants to be butter, I can see it but its not turning. I need help! Please!

    • Elizabeth October 23, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Heidi, I have made butter in the vitamix blender and i used regular heavy crean do not use ultra, i did it and it came out water use just reg heavy cream, try it in a reg blender you will b happy Elizabeth

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  3. Ruth A. December 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    We drink raw milk but I never serve it to company since they aren’t accustomed to it and I don’t want to make anyone sick. With raw butter, does the potentially harmful bacteria stay in the butter or wash out with the buttermilk? In other words, am I safe to serve the butter to guests?

    • Evelyn December 20, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Hi Ruth,
      Raw milk is perfectly safe and has loads of healthy bacteria and enzymes that are good for digestion and keeps the bad bacteria out of the milk. When you ask about the bacteria being washed out, it is not. Homemade raw butter and raw milk or cream is safe as long as the farms you are getting your milk from are caring for their critters properly, pasture raising, etc. The bad rap came to raw milk from a dark time in our past when distilleries thought it was a good idea to put a dairy next to there whiskey making operations to use up spent grains from the production of liquor and fed them to the cows producing very sick cows and milk that was not healthy. Raw milk today is the same as it was before this dark time in our raw milk history. I ask you, would a mother cow or goat give her baby bad breast milk any more than a human mom? Give your guests the option of experiencing the health benefits from raw milk and its products. Here’s to drinking a wonderfully nutrious beverage!

  4. Jonathan G December 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    For the past month or so I have been making butter from raw cream. I think I am doing everything right…. it’s definitely all cream. I skim the milk and put the cream into another jar. I let the jar sit for several days and re-skim. I then let the cream warm up to room temperature before mixing. Anyway, it has been taking an average of an hour in my kitchenaid stand mixer, at full speed the whole time. Any idea what might be going wrong?

    • Amy July 22, 2013 at 2:47 am #

      It works better/faster if the cream is cold, not room temperature.

  5. Jennifer Parker September 20, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    I’ve bought Raw Milk for my family for over a year now and we are reaping some great benefits from it. My next adventure is to successfully make butter as we use it for every thing! And the place I buy my Raw Butter from is extremely expensive. So, I just thought I wouls share my two sense, in all the research I have done.. the reason the Raw butter is turning bad so quickly is because it needs to be “washed” after you drain the buttermilk. This is done with cold water, just pour the cold water for the butter and work it through the butter until it comes clear. You may have to do this a few times to ensure all the buttermilk is out. According to my reasearch, this should allow the butter to last 3-4 weeks! I look forward to trying your recipe! Have a great day

  6. anne beard August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    My mother used to put fresh raw milk into stone jars(about two gallons) set it behind her wood warm morning stove for a couple of days,let it sit long enough to clabber. Then she would transfer the clabberd whole milk to her five gallon Dazey churn and turn out the best yellow butter and drinkable buttermilk you ever saw.All the posts I can find call for just using cream. I was a young girl,already knew everything and did”nt pay attention to what she was doing,Now I wish I had.Do you have a step by step recipe that is similar to what my mother did?

    • Mary July 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Anne Beard, what a treat that butter and buttermilk must have been! By letting the milk sit, it became cultured. I’m not sure it’s OK to give the website, but if you search for buttermilk cultures you should find info on where to buy them and instructions. Cultures for life is a great place to start.

  7. Michelle April 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I have a question that I am hoping someone can help me with. I just tried to make butter from raw cream. I let it sit for about 48 hours then I skimmed it off and chilled it really good. But after an hour in the blender it has done nothing except get warm again. Can anyone give me any suggestions as to what I might be doing wrong. When I made butter from cream that I had bought, it worked great.

    I am getting about 4 gallons of milk a day and would love to use the cream but don’t know what to do.

    Thanks in advance for any help that anyone can offer me.


    • Organic Matters April 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      I had the same problem! I just returned from our farmer and posited my problem to him. He had the following advice: Bring cream to room temperature first! And do not add salt at the beginning. Hope this helps! I look forward to trying again tomorrow.

      • Michelle April 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

        I have tried bringing it to room temp and it did not help. Seems the warmer it is when making the butter, the worse it is. I do not salt mine so I know that is not a reason.

        • Organic Matters May 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

          Hmmm…another thing I found that helped was that after I got my milk, I let is sit in the fridge for 24 hours, skimmed the cream off the top, then let that sit in the fridge again and skimmed the cream off again–I did it twice since I kept ending up with too much milk in my cream.

  8. Reta March 29, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    I buy raw milk from an Amish farm for $2 per gallon. I skim off the cream and make butter in the blender. It is fast (about 5 minutes or less), but you can only use about 2 cups of cream at a time. After it separates into butter and buttermilk, I put it out in a bowl, pour off the buttermilk, and work it with a wooden spoon to squeeze out more milk. Then I run cold water in it and stir and mash it around to remove more milk. I usually do this twice until the water is nearly clear. Then squeeze out all the water possible with your spoon, salt lightly, and put in glass container for the refrigerator. I’ve had it keep for months. I think getting all the milk out is the key.

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  10. Sandy February 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Thank you for the clear directions with photos! I just made butter from raw cream — yay! I really appreciate your post.

  11. Donna January 30, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Hi, I’ve been considering purchasing a Bosch mixer. When you pour in your cream and run the machine at high speed, will the cream leak through the lid or center post or anywhere. If I can figure out if the Bosch Universal is “sealed” it would make my decision a lock. I just don’t want the mess when I try to work with large batches of cream or thin liquids. Have you tried to see how much cream you can place in the bowl without getting leaks or splatters?

    • Lindsay January 30, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Unfortunately it is not sealed and can certainly leak on occasion. You would have to work with smaller quantities of cream to prevent this.

  12. Mama August 4, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    when we make butter I divide the cream into 4 quart jars and my 4 boys love to shake the jars until butter forms! usually takes about 5- 10 minutes. then I dump the butter into a wire strainer and strain off the buttermilk and then hold the butter (in strainer) under running cold water and using a spoon work out buttermilk until water is completely clear. I throw a couple ice cubes into strainer while running water through to keep the butter from getting too soft.

  13. Kara March 22, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    In regards to using raw milk, I wanted to put out a warning. My husband’s family has a dairy farm that has been in the family for generations! My husband grew up on raw milk. When raising our boys, we would let the boys drink the raw milk at grandma and grandpas because we know the benefits of drinking the raw milk. However, when my oldest was 3 and my middle child was 1 they both came down with horrible diarrhea, vomiting, and very high fevers. The diarrhea happened every hour for two days before we took them to the doctor and got a stool sample. It came back as Campylobacter… a bacteria that can be found in raw milk. The boys were put on antibiotics and now they are fine! But when speaking with the public health nurse she told me that some children get hospitalized for this, and in rare cases some children can have paralysis. I am not sharing this story to scare or cast a negative outlook on raw milk, I simply want parents to be aware of the serious affects of it. God bless.

    • D. October 28, 2011 at 5:43 am #

      Anyone who purchases and drinks raw milk likely knows the risks. You failed to mention the risks taken by those who drink pasteurized milk, however. The risks of drinking that junk is far more deadly than that of drinking raw milk and it happens much more often, too. People just don’t hear about it because the corporate dairy industry is huge, whereas small farms are, well, small. For me the whole idea of drinking raw milk is because it comes from a small operation where the farmers look after the health of their cattle and have clean conditions.

      There is risk in everything these days. To learn more about raw milk check out the link here:

      • San August 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

        D, I’m with you. Raw milk has helped get my vaccine-injured child’s gut back into working order. I think the risks in taking antibiotics should be mentioned! Anti means ‘against’ and biotic means ‘life’ — that’s anti-life and we know that can not be good! Antibiotics kill all bugs – good and bad. To be healthy, we’re supposed to have both in our gut – that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Always, always be sure to take probiotics to recover from the “cure!”

    • Jenny January 23, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      The well water is the more common source of contamination of Campylobacter.

  14. Tera Green January 26, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I grew up with Mom making her own butter from the earliest time I can remember. We usually had one cow to milk, and being a Jersey or a Guernsey, the butterfat content was quite high. We had two “antique” butter churns—the kind with the large squarish jar and the paddles inside. My job was to turn the crank until it got too thick to turn, and the Mom would take out the lumps, strain them, salt them, and pat them with a large wooden paddle into a large glob. Sometimes she would add a few drops of food coloring to make it prettier. She would then freeze the sweet cream butter in one-pound containers. Though I got tired of the weekly chore, when I moved out and got married, homemade butter was one of the things I missed the most. Thank you for bringing back so many fond memories and inspiring me to once again, make my own butter!

  15. brandi September 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I just made my first batch of butter! It turned out GREAT! I have not found a local source of fresh milk yet, so I had to use store bought cream. I am so inspired by your site. You have been a blessing to my family. :)

  16. Chantelle March 7, 2010 at 2:18 pm #


    I am so excited to try this!
    Have you ever made butter with goats milk? That is the only raw milk we have at the moment…
    Thanks so much for all your wisdom! What a God-send =)

    • Lindsay March 8, 2010 at 8:32 am #

      I have never tried making goats milk butter. Does goats milk provide such quantities of cream?

      • Heather March 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

        Great directions btw.

        Re the goat milk, it doesn’t separate as easily as cow’s milk since it is naturally homogenized.
        You can let it sit for a week in the fridge and skim cream off the top but it would a LOT of milk to get enough cream to make enough butter to make it worth it.

        You can get a cream separator for goat milk though, but I think it’s a little expensive.

        Sorry :/
        We used to have a goat dairy so I know this first hand.

        Try chevre from your goat cheese. It’s so easy and wonderful.

  17. Kim March 2, 2010 at 5:30 am #

    How long can raw butter be left at room temperature before spoiling? Does it get soft? One other thing…mine has a chese smell to it…is that normal?

    • Lindsay March 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

      I am not really sure on that one. I keep it in the fridge because it spoils pretty fast. Yes, it will get soft. I have never experienced a cheese smell…so I don’t think that is normal.

    • Bess August 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

      Raw butter doesn’t spoil, but can become like bleu cheese. It’s very good. I avoid room temps over 85 because that hurts the fat. Soft and room temp digests better. Freezing butter damages the health qualities of it.

      • D. October 28, 2011 at 5:47 am #

        @ Bess: Freezing butter does not damage the “health qualities” of it. Neither does freezing milk, although the texture changes if it’s thawed too fast. But the health benefits are still there, believe me I’ve been freezing milk and butter for ages.

        • Jenny January 23, 2013 at 9:31 am #

          I agree, freezing does not damage the benefits. Freezing the cream first may also help the cream break too for butter making.

  18. Heather February 27, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Help! I made butter last week for the first time with store bought cream to test it out. This week I used cream I skimmed off of my raw milk and it isn’t changing to butter this time! I still have liquid after almost 20 min. of mixing. I used a sun tea pitcher to drain off the milk while leaving the cream on top to ladle out. I must have gotten too much milk in with my cream somehow. Any ideas on how to best separate the cream?

    • Lea Ann September 8, 2011 at 5:47 am #


      The first time I tried to make butter I hadn’t waited long enough for the cream to separate. The second time I made sure that the cream had separated well and there was no milk in the cream and the butter turned out well. I hope this helps.

    • Tim March 23, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      I find cream skimmed off milk has much more water (milk) in it than store bought or mechanically separated cream (although the sun tea jar method is great), and thus takes longer to churn into butter. You might notice the whipping bowl getting cold as you churn. The separation of the solids from the fats has the same cooling effect as water evaporating and this slows down the process. Try to keep the bowl at room temperature (I hold the bowl of my Kitchenaid with my hands while it’s churning). This will speed up the process. Just keep it at room temp, not “warm”. Also helps to pour off a little buttermilk mid-way if there is excessive amounts.

      • Tim March 23, 2012 at 11:51 am #

        I meant “…the separation of the solids from the liquid (not fats)”

  19. stacy January 5, 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    hi – i have a gallon of raw milk that i never used and it’s been in my refrigerator for 6 months. it’s in a gallon glass jar so i can see the layer of cream at the top and the liquid below. i am afraid to open it. i’m hoping someone can tell me the most efficient way to use this – should i use the layer of cream for something special – it doesn’t sound like there’s enough to make butter? what do i do with the liquid, i heard soak steel cut oats, anything else? if i can be successful at overcoming the fear of opening it and making something out of it, i’ll be more confident to buy more raw milk, knowing it won’t go to waste if we don’t drink it all. thanks in advance for any response :)

    • Lindsay January 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

      That milk will be truly sour and will definitely affect the taste of your butter or soaking. I would try the recipes here for sour milk.

      • stacy January 6, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

        hi lindsay, what do you mean – affect the taste of butter or soaking in a negative way? i looked at the recipes on that page and there’s several that suggest soaking – when is milk too old to use? thanks,

        • Lindsay January 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

          If I used sour milk in the past to make kefir, it would get extremely sour and make for sour smoothies…it is very difficult to cover up sour kefir! ;) Butter goes sour pretty quickly so it is best made with fresh milk, that is, unless you like the taste of sour butter. Personally, I like mine a sweet cream! I don’t know if there is an exact timeframe of when best to consume by. I always eat all our milk before it goes sour because I don’t like sour milk…even though raw sour milk is perfectly safe to eat.

        • Amber October 12, 2010 at 6:53 am #

          Typically, raw milk lasts between 7-10 days in the fridge before it starts to change. :)

      • Granny November 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

        pour the stuff out,down the drain or wherever.Raw milk does not keep for long periods of time.Drinkable for about 5 or 6 days,cook with it for another 4 or 5 days and then get rid of it.

        • Rawmilkadvocate February 26, 2011 at 8:40 am #

          I am appalled that you would suggest throwing it out. Sour milk can be used for other things if one is not willing to drink/use it. You can feed animals (dogs, chickens, pigs, etc) the sour milk. They love it and will benefit from the proteins and enzymes. I’ve even heard of using sour milk to fertilize gardens. The only stuff that should be poured down the drain is the pasturized stuff from the store. Raw milk sours – pasturized milk rots.

          • Debbie Lewis April 23, 2011 at 4:51 am #

            I rarely have any raw milk left over as I make yogurt and kefir every week. But occasionally, if we have been away and I have a little left when the next delivery comes I just pour it on my roses or tomatoes. It is fabulous fertilizer!!

      • D. October 28, 2011 at 5:50 am #

        That link didn’t work for me. Took me to a WAPF page, but no content. Maybe try posting the whole link instead of parsing it??

      • Laurel December 14, 2011 at 11:57 am #

        Lindsay, I tried clicking on your ‘here’ to check out possibilities for using my raw milk that has gone sour. It sickens me to think I’d have to waste it [when it was so expensive]!! Your link unfortunately goes to a 404 page … May I ask for another reference? I really want to use my sour raw milk!!

        • Lindsay December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

          As this is an old post, I’m not sure where I was linking to in this original post, but I can say that making homemade yogurt is the best way to use sour milk!

          • Rhonda January 27, 2012 at 5:03 am #

            That is interesting to hear about the yogurt. I had been reading that it was best to use fresh raw milk. I have half a gallon left in my fridge from the last batch (about 2 weeks old, not sour yet, but starting to have a bit of an off taste) and will be getting more tomorrow. Maybe I will go ahead and use that for yogurt. Thanks!

        • Val July 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

          Maybe this was the link–has a list of uses for sour raw milk:

  20. Abby November 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    We made butter for a homeschool project years ago but we put the cream in a glass jar and my siblings and I all got to take turns shaking it up until it turned to butter. It was so fun!

  21. Cindy November 5, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    And on another note, it is SIMPLY AMAZING, that people do not know what all comes from milk!!! I was explaining to my cousin who rode with me and she could not believe from 1 gallon of Raw Milk you could get Butter, Milk, Cream, & Buttermilk!! I was like well where did you think that stuff came from,lol!! I am now exploring recipes for Cream Cheese, Yogurt, and other cheeses. I feel like such a dunce, I am almost 29 years old and should have done this much much sooner. I am just glad my toddler can now have pure milk and other milk products from here on out.

  22. Cindy November 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    THANK YOU so much for posting these wonderful instructions!! They were SPOT ON and perfect!! It did take my small sized Kitchen Aid mixer about double the time and I could only put 3 cups in it (and really that was too much because I had a lot of sloushing,lol) and let it go!! If I hadn’t read these instructions I would have thought I did it wrong and probably trashed it..LOL, but it did the very things you described, sloshy, then together, then sloshy again and so forth, then the BUTTER clumped up and I was like YIPPPIE!!! I didn’t have to wash mine out as much and just used another tip from here and had 2 bowls with ice and water ready, but only needed one. I may have goofed that up and it may spoil fast but I guess its Trial & Error. Today was my first trip to a local meeting place in SC (raw milk is illegal in NC-booooo) to buy Raw Milk and Cream. I know now I will definitely be going every other week to get my milk and cream.

    Can I ask some questions about prices?? I paid $6/gallon for the milk and $10/half gallon for cream. Does this sound about right? I know its more economical because by the time I buy a gallon of milk, a quart of cream, a box of butter, and a 1/2 gallon of buttermilk its way more than that price I paid for raw, but I was just curious about prices in other states…

    Again, THANK YOU so much!!!!

    • Lindsay November 6, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

      Sounds like good prices to me…as it really depends upon where you live. Prices change drastically from state to state. We pay $7.50 per gallon here. Glad you are enjoying it!

      • britt March 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

        just bought raw milk for $3.75

      • Debbie Lewis April 23, 2011 at 4:55 am #

        I am in Tennessee and pay $8-$9 per gallon. But for the health benefits and because I make a quart of yogurt and 2 quarts kefir every week it is worth it to us. We buy from a local farm.

    • Jo Anne September 12, 2010 at 6:33 am #

      WOW – We are really blessed here in Indiana as we only pay $3.00 per gallon for raw milk and $4.50 per quart of raw goats milk. Cream is $6.00 per 1/2 gallon (I think – it;s been awhile since I purchased cream only). We buy from a local farmer who has been in business for 30 years. I go once a week and drive 64 miles round trip but it is definitely worth it.

      Sorry that your price is so high – check around – good luck

    • Mama August 4, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      We pay 1.75 a gallon for raw milk! I was stunned to see what some of you have to pay.

      • Lynn Kocal May 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

        I pay $5.00/gal. for whole organic milk with the cream included. Maybe the organic is more expensive. I’ll gladly pay that and more because it is much more healthy.

    • Summer June 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

      wow, I wish it was that cheap. Here in SW Washington it’s between $8-$13 a gallon!

    • Evelyn December 20, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      I pay $5.99 per gallon of raw milk and $3.99 a pint for heavy cream in Maine. I’d say you are doing well…though you have the added expense for gas to get to SC. Too back NC believes the bull about raw milk. All the best in your raw milk adventures!!

    • grace February 7, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      here in PO Washington i just got a half gallon for 5.99 im afraid how much a full gallon is :(

  23. dana November 4, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I just started making butter from raw milk… how do you make sure you just get the heavy cream and not the milk part? I used a fat separator, let the cream separate and then poured off the milk, but it didn’t seem to be a great separation. It didn’t even form whipped cream so I know it had too much milk and too low concentration of cream (I know this because I mistakenly once used light cream to make whip cream and beat and beat and beat until I realized that the cream needs to be a higher percentage of fat to form whipped cream… Any tips on ‘skimming the cream’? This appears to be an acquired skill or an art easily missed on the first try….

    • Lindsay November 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

      I simply skim it off the top. I think the key is not to try to get all the cream. I scoop the thickest portion of the cream off the top, but still leave about a 1/2-1 inch of visable cream. The cream is important for drinking the rest of the milk too as it helps our bodies digest the nutrients.

  24. Uday September 21, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    I would like to know how does home made butter gets the sunset yellow colour during the process.

    • Ginger January 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      We raise and milk our own cows. Our Dexters give us excellent pure white milk with plenty of cream. Our “Beef” cow gives us a deeper colored milk also with a lot of cream, that when made into butter is a beautiful “sunshine” yellow.(also of excellent taste and quality)

      Another thing to keep in mind is the animals food source, when on fresh green pasture their milk is different. Again quality in their pasture makes a big difference.

      Hope this helped

  25. Renee September 3, 2009 at 5:39 am #

    A helpful tip for your update on spoilage.
    I’ve been making my own butter for about a year. I actually don’t use a mixer but throw the cream in a jar & shake for 10-15 min (great arm workout!).
    Anyway…. Once you have your butter, gather 2 bowls of ice water, this keeps the butter from melting as you work with it.
    Begin working the remaining buttermilk out of the butter by squeezing it. Do this until your bowl becomes fairly cloudy, then proceed to do the same in the next bowl.
    Keep changing out the water, making sure to keep it ice cold (I stick ice cubes in mine) & keep repeating the process until the water remains clear after working the butter. Now all the buttermilk is removed, which is what causes it to spoil.
    It will keep for a month or more in your fridge!

    • Amy September 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      I’d like to throw my 2 cents in here too:o) I have made homemade butter twice now, once with pasteurized whipping cream, and last time with raw. Both times, I did not know to do the ice water thing and pressing to get the excess buttermilk, but the 2nd time, I put the lump of butter into a coffee filter inserted into the mason jar I am storing the buttermilk in, and it seems to have gotten it out- used it twice now and there is a little liquid, but not much!!

      It it necessary to do the cold bath with the shaking method??

      • D. October 28, 2011 at 6:26 am #

        You still have to drain off the “buttermilk” no matter how you make it. And butter must always be rinsed or it will have a funky smell and taste in short order.

  26. terriq August 3, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Could you use an ice cream maker (minus the ice of course) to mix the cream into butter?

    • Lindsay August 4, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

      I really don’t know. DO you have any handheld mixer or stick blender? Those would work as well…it would simply take a bit longer.

  27. Renae July 3, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    I remember making butter in my grandma’s churn! What a chore! When she passed a couple years ago I got her churn. It sits in a little display by the treadle sewing machine. But, you’ve inspired me to make butter in it again sometime soon!

  28. Sandee April 28, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    I’ve been borrowing my MIL’s electric butter churn to use up the cream from our milk cow. I’m so excited to try it in my Bosch esp so I don’t have to stand at the sink forever rinsing it! Thanks for the tip!

  29. Angie April 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I’ve been making butter from my raw milk for a few months now. This time I decide to try “cultured” butter, which I’ve heard has a much better flavor. I siphoned off the cream and placed it in a covered jard in my cupboard for 24 hours. I took it out today and tried to proceed as usual, but the cream never seized! It stayed all liquidy and sloshy and never even thickened no matter how long I blended it. Have you ever experienced this before? What do you suggest I do with my “cultured” cream. It’s perfectly good cream, just a bit “soured.”


    • James December 22, 2010 at 9:58 am #

      The cultured cream might not have seized because it was too warm. I know when I make whipped cream everything must be chilled before whipping, otherwise the cream will never fluff up.

    • Rawmilkadvocate February 26, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      I recently had a similar experience. I had 2 quarts of cream that had “aged” a little too long. Not willing to give it to the animals, and knowing I could put it to some use, I found info about cultured butter.
      As I whipped the cream, it went through all the stages (sloshy, frothy, whipped) but never seized. I tried whipping it for over 30 minutes – I’m sure my mixer hated me by the end of it! What I found I had to do was strain the mixture through the butter muslin (aka fine cheesecloth). Once all the liquid had drained out, I proceeded to “wash” the butter in ice cold water, then packed the butter into containers and put into the fridge. Seems to have worked for me…..

  30. sarah February 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    2 questions: when you said 15 minutes, was that from start to finish or from the little grains of butter to the big clump of butter? also, what speed did you use? i tried making it and my raw cream never seemed to glob together, so it was hard to “recover” all the bits of butter. maybe i just didn’t do it long enough? thank you so much for your informative post!!

    • Lindsay February 18, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

      15 minutes is from start to finish. It doesn’t totally become a ball, but the majority of it starts clumping together when it is done. I just mix it at speed 1 on my bosch mixer. It starts to form small bits of butter and then starts clumping more together, so you probably didn’t mix it long enough. Hope that helps!

  31. Melody Joy January 8, 2009 at 8:23 pm #


    I stumbled onto your blog via google, while looking up tips on homemade butter. You have the most detailed steps of anyone else I’ve come across, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.

    Thanks and God bless you and your family!


  32. Heather June 27, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    I was wondering how you skimmed the cream off of the raw milk. Did you have to leave the milk sitting out a while for the cream to rise to the top? I love, love your website and it has really helped me get my family on a healthy diet.

    • Lindsay July 2, 2008 at 7:12 am #

      The raw milk cream will naturally come to the top of the jar as it sits in the fridge. I just skim it off with a measuring cup. Hope that works for you!

      • Amy September 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

        I am not sure why, but I think my tops are too narrow to skim with a measuring cup. I feel like I don’t recall the cream- is there ever NOT any? Also, I may have mixed it in though, by shaking the milk first- but would it separate again?? I just bought raw heavy cream.

        • Lindsay September 10, 2011 at 6:25 am #

          If you already mixed it up, you will just want to let it sit in the fridge for a couple hours until the cream rises to the top again. You also might want to transfer to a wide mouth container for more effective removal of the cream. All in all, buying raw cream is your best bet, as removing the cream from the raw milk will deplete the nutrients and digestibility in it.

        • Lynn Krogseng February 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

          Amy, If your containers are plastic (as ours from Dungeness Valley Creamery are), then you might like this method:

          Very carefully hold the bottle without shaking or blending the cream and milk. Hold the bottle over a wide bowl. Puncture bottom of jug with an ice pick or other pointy instrument. Carefully open the cap and remove it. This will allow the milk to start draining from the bottom. If you are careful not to disturb the contents, the flow will naturally slow as it reaches the cream line. As the milk is drained out, replace the cap and tighten. Then, turn the bottle upside down and open the container over a second bowl to receive the cream.
          You’re ready to make your butter!
          Personally, I’ve been satisfied to use a wide mouth mason jar and manually shake the cream while I watch TV or read (or search the internet for soured raw milk uses).

    • Angie January 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

      Regarding skimming cream – I saved a plastic milk jug from my last gallon of milk and let my new gallon sit overnight until the cream had risen to the top. Then I poked a hole in the bottom of the gallon of milk and let the milk drain out through a funnel into the reserved empty milk jug. I let all the milk drain until there was nothing but cream left. Then I put my finger over the hole and poured the cream into another bowl. It sounds complicated, but it works great!

  33. Donielle May 23, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    I don’t have a big mixer like that so I just shake mine! I also buy raw milk from a local farm and she sells just the cream separate which is nice. I just put 2 quarts of cream into a half gallon container and shake for about 25-30 minutes. Although I have had the same problem with keeping it. I’ll have to try freezing it, that never crossed my mind. Now I just tend to make it when I know I’ll be doing a lot of baking and buy organic butter to keep around.

  34. Kristy Howard March 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank you for posting this… I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making my own butter! We recently purchased a milk goat and have been enjoying the raw milk… I just need something to do with all the cream!

    ~Kristy @ Homemaker’s Cottage

  35. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home January 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh, now I’m even more inspired to try this! I’ve been wanting to ever since we started getting our raw milk, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It looks easier than I thought! I believe I can also do it using my Vita-Mix blender (although I need to double check that).

    I was wondering- is the cream from Costco organic (and is it a good deal)? I know they carry organic milk at Costco in Washington, but I hadn’t noticed cream. Organic cream is crazy expensive up here in Canada, and I just can’t afford to buy enough raw milk to really get the cream to make it worth doing.

    • Lindsay January 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm #

      The cream at Costco is not organic, it is just pasteurized, so it would not be as healthy as raw cream, but still better! Anything homemade is going to taste better, I say!. Nourishing Traditions says to use pasteurized if you don’t have raw. They say nothing about organic cream, because it is still homogenized and pasteurized anyway.

    • Samara Root January 8, 2008 at 8:18 am #

      Yeah, it seems to generally be either you can get Organic, Pasturized, Homogenized, or you can get the Costco which at least does not seem to be either homogenized or ultra-pasturized. Although here in Washington we can buy, from Noris Dairy (sold at some retail stores), organic pasturized cream.

      I have the same problem with not buying enough raw milk to make much butter with. Plus, for 4.79 a lb., Trader Joe’s sells organic butter that has been grass-fed (or so I hear)…which is a pretty good deal.

    • CATHY May 18, 2009 at 7:23 am #

      I buy one or two gallons of raw milk each week. I take the cream off the top of the milk and put it into ice cube trays and freeze it. When it is frozen, I put the frozen cubes into a sandwich bag and return them to the freezer. This allows me to save up my cream until I have enough of it to make it worth making butter. Also, allows me to have raw cream on hand for things like homemade whipped cream (awesome with a little vanilla extract and a little agave nectar).

      • Donna April 21, 2011 at 9:47 am #

        Does cream need to be a room temp before making butter?

    • Christine January 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

      Hey Stephanie – did you figure out if you can make butter in a Vita-Mix? I’ve got one of those, but not a stand mixer. We buy raw milk too, and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at butter making!

    • Mom2my10 June 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

      Stephanie, I did a post on making butter in a Vita-Mix if you would like to see. It was so easy! It’s here…

      • Bonita December 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

        I could not respond to you on yo ur blog – there is no “contact” and I have no “profile” and no “url.” It would not take an email address.

        I don’t “blog” – I will never see any response if it is not emailed to me. I work – have little time – only Googled this site (which is wonderful BTW) – but there is no contact link.

        I also tried to make butter in Vita mix – carefully stored the cream for nearly a week till it really separated – all it did in the vita mix was blend around forever and get really HOT – that is *not* good for the bacteria and health qualities of the milk. Just churned and churned – and seemed thinner of course when I poured it out than when it went in, save for a frothy scum about 1/2″ thick on top (did NOT look like butter) – the cream never even whipped – in the past (years ago) when I made butter, it would whip first, then get dry, then “crash” and turn to butter.

        Also – I never heard before in all the recipe blogs and sites for butter about letting it sit at room temperature for HALF A DAY – I do not want to do that – where did that come from?

        THANK YOU!!!!

      • Bonita December 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

        oh – my email address is [email protected] – thanks

    • D. October 28, 2011 at 6:32 am #

      Don’t use a Vita-Mix to try to make butter. It gets too hot at the base and the cream will not separate.

      I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer with the whip attachment but it still takes about 30 minutes to make butter, and I learned long ago to start with a cold mixer bowl, and cold ingredients. Always use icy cold water to rinse. Use a wooden spoon or a potato masher to squeeze out excess water and then dab with a white napkin. I roll my butter into a log and put it right into the fridge after I get the excess water out as much as possible. If I’m not going to be using it within a couple of days, I freeze it wrapped in natural parchment paper inside a freezer bag. This method has been working for me for quite a few years.

      Anyone who has MORE questions could check out this site. They have misspelled a few words but the information is pretty decent.

  36. Ana January 5, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    that is wonderful. I really do love the tase of natural butter. Every year I have my students make butter after reading Little House books. We just but the cream in small baby food jars and they shake them. I make johnny cake and they eat their cake with the butter they just made, it is alot of fun.
    By the way thanks so much for your posts on natural living I had no idea that raw milk was still sold in the US. Since I live in an urban setting I thought it would be difficult but with a little searching I found a farm that sells their raw milk to a Whole Foods store about 1hr away. Now I just have to find the time to drive there :)

  37. Mrs. Taft January 5, 2008 at 7:56 pm #

    Wow! And buttermilk, too. Did you figure out a price estimate?

    You’ve inspired me! :D

    • Lindsay January 5, 2008 at 8:43 pm #

      In regards to price, since I just use the raw milk I get each week, there is no additional cost for me. If I buy heavy cream, I usually buy the 1/2 gallon size at Costco (which costs just around $5, I believe), which would make 2 batches of this recipe, which would be about $2.50 roughly per 1/2-3/4 lb butter & 1 quart of buttermilk. Pretty good price! If you were to buy organic butter alone it is around $4.50 per lb. Hope that gives you some idea!


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