How to Make Homemade Butter For Your Family

Easy instructions to make your own homemade butter with the help of your kitchen mixer.

Being a homeschool student, I got to experience all kinds of great hands-on projects with my mom. One endeavor of ours I’ll never forget is when we made butter in a jar while studying none other than the Little House on the Prairie books themselves. We shook for what seemed like hours and I remember how amazingly fresh and rich that butter tasted. As lovely as that experience was, it’s not exactly practical for someone like me that is trying to balance a full-time job and full-time homemaking.

So, you can understand how excited I was when I discovered that butter can be whipped with an electric mixer. It may seem complicated to beginners, but I promise it is very simple. Pour a carton of heavy whipping cream into a large bowl (it will splatter while you’re mixing it!) and mix on high. You can watch as it whips up to the fluffy consistency of Cool Whip. After it reaches this stage you will see the buttermilk start to separate, and you’ll see small lumps begin to form; this will be the butter. Altogether I usually beat mine about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, I don’t have a mixer on a stand, so I tried to prop my mixer on the toaster oven, but that only worked about 30 seconds until everything started dancing across the countertop. Don’t be discouraged if you feel like you’ve been mixing it a long time and nothing is happening. Give it time and I promise it will come together.

The final step is the hardest. With a large spoon, press the lumps of butter together and drain out the buttermilk. It is very important to drain out all the buttermilk or it will start to spoil. I usually take out the butter and work it with my hands because sometimes packets of buttermilk will be inside the butter. At first, the greasy feel of the butter bothered me, but I try to tell myself it’s very moisturizing! You can add salt during this step if you would like; personally, I prefer sweet butter. Then simply press into a butter mold or a small glass bowl, and it’s ready to be served.