How to Make Homemade Butter: Easy Recipe with Heavy Cream and Jar

Making homemade butter brings back fond memories of summer days spent with my mom. It was a fun and engaging activity that always resulted in a delicious reward. I loved shaking the jars and watching the transformation from cream to butter. The taste was far superior to anything store-bought, rich and creamy with a freshness that was simply unbeatable. Now, I want to share this delightful process with you so you can experience the joy and superior flavor of homemade butter.

Elevate Your Butter

To add a gourmet touch to your homemade butter, try mixing in herbs or fruits. Here are some ideas:
  • Herb Butter:
    • Rosemary-Infused Butter: Finely chop fresh rosemary and knead it into the butter.
    • Thyme and Garlic Butter: Mince fresh thyme and garlic, then blend into the butter.
  • Fruit Butter:
    • Strawberry Butter: Mash fresh strawberries and mix them into the butter for a sweet, fruity spread.

Storing Your Butter

To ensure your homemade butter stays fresh, follow these storage tips:
  • Refrigeration: Store the butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last for about 1-2 weeks.
  • Freezing: For longer storage, wrap the butter tightly in plastic wrap or wax paper, then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. It can be frozen for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before use.

Additional Tips:

  • Use Unsalted Butter: If you prefer more control over the saltiness of your butter, use unsalted heavy whipping cream and add salt to taste.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Don’t be afraid to experiment with other flavors like honey, chives, or even citrus zest.
By following these steps and tips, you can enjoy fresh, homemade butter that’s perfectly customized to your taste!

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How to Make Homemade Butter: Easy Recipe with Heavy Cream and Jar

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Making your own butter is a simple yet rewarding process. Here’s how to do it using heavy whipping cream, salt, and a glass jar.

  • Author: Jeannie Jacobs
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x




  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)


  • Glass jar with a tight-fitting lid



  1. Pour the Cream: Pour the heavy whipping cream into the glass jar, filling it about halfway to leave room for shaking.
  2. Shake the Jar: Secure the lid tightly and shake the jar vigorously. Initially, you’ll get whipped cream, but keep shaking until you hear a sloshing sound. This means the butter has separated from the buttermilk. The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Drain the Buttermilk: Once the butter has formed, pour off the buttermilk. You can save this for baking or cooking.
  4. Rinse the Butter: Rinse the butter under cold water to remove any remaining buttermilk. This helps prevent spoilage.
  5. Knead the Butter: Use a wooden spoon or your hands to knead the butter, squeezing out any remaining buttermilk. You can do this in a bowl of cold water.
  6. Add Salt: Sprinkle the salt over the butter and knead it in until evenly distributed.


Note on Equipment:

You can use a plastic container instead of a glass jar, but a glass jar is preferred because it is more sturdy and doesn’t absorb any flavors or odors from previous uses. However, the butter-making process works similarly with a plastic container.

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