Craft: Make butter at home


You’ll need:

  • Glass jar with lid
  • Heavy cream

What to do:

  • Fill your jar half way with cream — Tighten the lid well — Shake.

Stage 1 – The cream will start to thicken up.

Keep shaking.

Stage 2 – About five minutes in we have whipped cream. Mmmmmm.

Shake more.

Stage 3 – After about two more minutes the buttermilk starts to separate from the butter.

Shake more.

Stage 4 – In another one or two minutes or so, the butter becomes a solid mass.

Pour off the buttermilk and reserve.

  • Get the butter out of the jar and give it a good rinse under cold water while mushing it around to expel the last of the buttermilk.
  • Try making a batch of pancakes using the buttermilk you saved! Slather those pancakes with your homemade butter and maple syrup. Yum!


*Add a dash of salt to butter if desired.
*Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to three days.

First published in Peninsula Kids – Spring 2015


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