Homemade Butter

By | May 12, 2013
Homemade Butter

Did you ever make butter in school?  I vaguely remember doing this in kindergarten, however when we did it I just remember wanting to eat it.  Anyway I wanted to do this with my girls for a couple reasons.  One I think it is neat that you can actually make butter just by shaking cream, and two because I think this butter is healthier than the store bought butter (it has nothing but cream in it, no oil, salt, or colors added) and my girls LOVE butter.

I saved a peanut butter jar a while back and since it was plastic and had a good lid I thought it would be perfect to let the girls shake up their butter.  It worked great, since they ran and jumped around shaking their butter.  Who knew this was going to be so much fun!  I really thought I would end up having to do all the shaking but nope they did it and had a blast (see pictures below to see how much fun they had).

However when we did our second experiment and tried to make butter out of skim milk to test the difference and see if you really did need the fat to make the butter.  The girls were less thrilled at this point about shaking the butter.  I think they had enough and I ended up having to do most of it this time.

After we made our butter and talked about the experiment I made the girls pancakes for dinner and they ate them with just our homemade butter no syrup at all!  I think we will be making a LOT more butter from now on since it is so easy and the kids like it.

What is happening with this experiment? Heavy cream has a lot of tiny fat droplets in it.  When you shake the cream the fat droplets are slammed together, when they are slammed together with enough force they stick to each other.  As you continue to shake more and more fat sticks together and eventual form what we call butter.  With the skim milk, there is no fat so when you shake the milk just foams up and after a little time will just go back to it’s liquid state.

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Heavy Cream
Skim Milk
Jar with tight lid


 Pour 1/2 cup of heavy cream in a jar with a tight lid
(um maybe I should have let the older child pour the cream in)
 Now shake it
 Shake some more
 Feel free to bounce with it
 Then bounce some more
 Maybe even try running with it
 After about 5min you will have butter
(I think it was less time though, you would not know it with all the stuff the kids did in that time)
 Now pour 1/2 cup of Skim Milk in your jar
(lesson learned, no spill this time)
 Then shake
(yeah it is not as much fun shaking the 2nd time around)
 After about 5min compare the two

The skim milk just foams up, it never thickens and turns into butter

And now you have a jar of homemade butter to eat!

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24 thoughts on “Homemade Butter

  1. Melinda

    I need to learn to not use my heavy cream for recipes and try making my own butter once in a while. I love how found creative ways to shake it up LOL

    1. Tracey Kite

      Hi Nicole and welcome! I agree it tastes so much better than the store bought, we will be making this from now on! And I will head over and check you out!

  2. Jacquelyn Karlic

    Thanks for sharing this! I also vaguely remember making butter when I was a kid. I really want to try this again. I don’t know my 18 month old will be much help in the shaking department as she will likely get bored with it, but I’m willing to do the work to get home made butter. It tastes like real butter? Do you know how long it will last for?
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

    1. Tracey Kite

      Hi Jacquelyn! I think it tastes much better than store bought butter, it is creamier! And ours lasted about a week, but that is just till it was all eaten up. My guess is it will last as long as it says on the Heavy cream carton. It does not last as long as the store bought stuff because it does not have all the chemicals in it. So just make a small batch and then shake up some more when you want more!

    2. Erica

      It is “real butter”. The stuff you buy at the store is just more heavily processed

  3. Robin Welch

    We use to help my mom make butter when we were little, this brings back a lot of memories. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  4. Carrie

    So fun!! We did this in a nature class a few years ago, and I said we would try it and add some herbs to the butter. Never have though. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  6. Debbie

    I remember my grade school class making butter some 50 yrs. ago. It tasted so good. I’d like to try it again. Is “heavy whipping cream” the same as the “heavy cream”? Looking forward to making this with my granddaughter :0)

  7. wemadethat Post author

    Hi Debbie! Yes it is the same thing. And it does taste so yummy, We have actually made it a few times just because we all prefer it over store bought butter.

  8. Shanna

    If that last picture is your “butter” you made thick whipped cream not butter. When you make butter you need to keep shaking until it separates from the butter milk. It doesn’t look fluffy. You should have thin liquid and solids floating in it. Also if you want to keep your butter you should wash it in cool water till it runs clean then if you salt it, it will last much longer and not get bitter. Making butter was a favorite thing of mine as a kid. It looks like your kids had lots of fun!

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