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How To Make Homemade Butter & Buttermilk

How to make homemade butter - it's so easy!

My friend Crystal makes her homemade butter and buttermilk by shaking it in a carton, but I’m a little too lazy for that and like to use the food processor instead.  🙂

All you need is organic whipping cream and a little bit of salt! It’s SO EASY to make and is on sale fairly often.

You might have accidentally made butter if you have tried making your own homemade Whipped Cream [3] before. If you mix just a bit longer you end up with butter and some buttermilk!

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How To Make Homemade Butter & Buttermilk

  • Author: Surviving The Stores



1 pint of heavy whipping cream

Pinch of salt (for Salted Butter)


Pour the carton of Heavy Whipping Cream into the food processor and add your salt.

Turn the food processor on high and let it mix for around 3 minutes or so. The liquid will go from foamy, to soft whipped cream, to thick whipped cream, and then it will eventually turn yellow and separate.

Let it mix a little while longer and then take off the top. You will have two parts: the butter and the buttermilk.

Strain out the buttermilk (I used a coffee filter). My 1 pint of Whipping Cream made 1 cup of buttermilk, which is the perfect amount of buttermilk to make Homemade Scones [4]!!

If you want to, put the butter back into the food processor and add some water. Mix it all up again and strain it one more time. You can keep adding water and straining until it’s clear… but I usually only strain one time.

Put your strained butter into a container and store it in the fridge.