Go back to the basics with a simple tutorial for how to make butter from scratch in just 5 minutes!
Few foods are as satisfying to make from scratch as butter. But one of the most surprising things about DIY butter is that it’s shockingly simple to make. As in, 5 minutes simple. I repeat: 5 minutes!
Despite its simplicity, there are a few tips and tricks that will guarantee your butter is silky-smooth and pure in flavor:
- DO use the highest quality heavy whipping cream you can find. The better the cream, the better the butter!
- DO NOT skip the step of “washing” the butter with ice water. It helps remove impurities and takes less than 30 seconds.
- DO get creative when it comes to making compound (a.k.a. flavored) butters!
Speaking of compound butters … once you learn this basic technique, the options for customizing your spreads are endless. Any range of salts, spices, herbs and cheeses make for great additions, but these are a few of my favorite combinations:
- Cheddar cheese and fresh thyme
- Ancho chili powder and cumin
- Black pepper and Parmesan
Once you’ve added your mix-ins, you can either store the compound butters in airtight containers in the fridge (although many people do keep their butter at room temperature) or use them right away to dress up toast, proteins, veggies, noodles and more.
If you’re really looking to go the full DIY route, I’d highly recommend a loaf of homemade bread or dinner rolls to accompany your homemade butter! No yeast? No problem. I’ve got you covered with no-yeast bread options for any occasion.
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Add the heavy whipping cream to the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2 minutes until the butter solids separate from the buttermilk.
Pour out the buttermilk (reserving it for another use) and transfer the butter solids to a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl. Using a spatula, press as much of the remaining buttermilk out of the butter solids.
Return the butter solids to the food processor then add 2 tablespoons ice water. Process the butter for another 30 seconds then use immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge until ready to use.
Homemade butter generally lasts 2 to 3 weeks, depending on how much buttermilk you extract from it. The more buttermilk you remove, the longer the butter will last.
How to Make Butter
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Vitamin A 437IU9%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste. Please do not reprint this recipe without my permission. If you’d like to feature this recipe on your site, please rewrite the method of preparation and link to this post as the original source.