How to Make Homemade Butter in 10 minutes

You probably know that I have a love for mason jars and all that they stand for.  They stand for a time when bottles were made out of glass, when folks made their own preserves, when people would use them to display their gallstones.  You know.  A good time.  A better time.

So whenever I have the chance I use the beauty of the mason jar to brighten up my day.  If that involves throwing one at the fella’s head for not making the bed … so be it.  That’s the beauty of the mason jar.  It’s so very multipurpose.

Today I’m going to show you one of my all time favourite uses for the time honoured jar.

Watch this video to find out all about it …


tips on making butter

1.  Get your whipping cream to room temperature by leaving it on the counter for a couple of hours.  This helps move the process along so you won’t have to shake it for as long a time period.

2.  Pour enough whipping cream into a mason jar to fill it about halfway.

3.  Shake the jar vigorously until the cream turns into whey and a lump of butter. (7 – 15 minutes)

4.  Drain the whey from the jar.

5.  Once you’ve created your butter, plunk it into a bowl and mash away at it with a spoon to remove any remaining whey and drain it off.

6.  Continue to mash the butter and rinse it with cool water until all the whey is gone.  It’s fully rinsed when the water runs clear.

7.  Add a pinch of salt and stir it in with a spoon.  Not too much.  Just a pinch, and then taste it.


8.  Ta da!  Creamy, fresh butter.

Way nicer to eat than a chewy set of gallstones.


  1. June Fraser says:

    Will this keep in my butter cloche on my kitchen counter?

    • Karen says:

      Hi June! As long as you add salt to it it will. Salt is what preserves butter on the counter regardless of whether it’s homemade or store bought. Unsalted butter goes mouldy fairly quickly. ~ karen!

  2. Jim B. says:

    Karen I work the farm at a 19th century village restoration so hearth cooking, churning butter etc is second nature to us. I have two comments, one on the method and one on the comments.

    1) Since marbles are made of glass and can chip I would not put them in a jar I am going to shake vigorously. Use a wine cork instead if you need something as an agitator.

    2) I am highly amused by the commenters here who think sitting on the couch and shaking your arm for ten minutes is “hard work”. Reminds me of all the people that pay landscapers to cut their grass and do the weeding and then pay more of their good money to a gym so they can get “exercise” and stay in shape.

  3. margaret says:

    i’m 73 and as a child I remember our visits to the farm always started with running to he cellar with a salt shaker and a mug to dip into the crock of cool buttermilk. Grandmothers’ table always had homemade bread and butter. Oh, the memories!

    • Karen says:

      Margaret – I love that! And I really love the necklace on your homepage! ~ karen

      • margaret says:

        Thanks Karen.
        I’m pleased you like my necklace.
        Going out today to buy whipping cream. I don’t have a cow or a crock, so I’ll just have to shake it up.

  4. Andrea Meyers says:

    quick question. I have a gumbo recipe that calls for one teaspoon of Whey. Can I use this leftover cream whey in that format? Or any other format for that matter?

  5. Nicola says:

    A friend’s family owns a diary farm and she dropped off 4 cups of cream … My husband and I had a 20 min errand to run so I put the cream in two jars and shook all the way there. Then coming back we traded seats and my husband shook on the way back (well, I shook one as I drove – back country road) and we got butter! Had some tonight with bread that we made. Thanks Karen!

  6. alexis allee says:

    I found your page by a picture of a really really really awesome chicken coop!!! WHICH BTW I LOVE~ in case you couldnt get all that by the ‘really really really’ :)
    Anyways Im so glad i found your blog! you are hallarious! I have found myself stalking your older posts, (is it really stalking!) I am sooooo trying out this butter! my husband shares your mason jar obsession, NOT EXACTLY SURE WHY, i think it has something to do with him being a kid in florida or maybe indiana? (we live in ohio) ANYWAYS! Im trailing off!
    LOVE LOVE YOUR BLOG! i am subscribing right now!! :)

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Alexis! I really, really, really appreciate it. ;) ~ karen!

      • alexis allee says:

        OK! so i tried this, using heavy whipping cream, and there was nothing to drain, it didnt get clumpy? was i not supposed to use heavy?? i shook the damn thing for 20 mminutes!! LOL HELP!

      • Karen says:

        There definitely should have been something to drain. And yes, whipping cream is what you use. Did you end up with a ball of butter? Or do you still have a bottle of liquid? If you still have a bottle of liquid you aren’t shaking it hard enough. You can try adding a couple of marbles. ~ karen!

      • alexis allee says:

        it wasnt liquid liquid like i just poured it in there, it was like creamy liquid, Ill try again. Thanks

      • Karen says:

        Yup. You’re definitely not shaking it hard enough. Add the marbles, or when you shake it, make sure you do it with force so you can feel the liquid smash up against the lid and the bottom of the jar. When you think you’re going to die, shake it some more. ~ karen

      • alexis allee says:

        yep didnt shake it hard enough, i redid it and felt like i was going to die! i think i died like 5 times! LOL!! but its soooo good!!! will definitely NOT be buying butter anymomre, butter money will be spent on whipping cream

  7. Cat says:

    I’m a purist: there’s always a bowl of land’o’lakes butter in the fridge for cooking, spreading, and other epicurean experiments. I refuse to use (eeeewwww) margarine. Looks like there’s going to be a change in this though…. lol thanks. Now I’ll have a land’o’lakes bowl of butter in the fridge instead. I’m bookmarking your site. Fell in love. Can’t help it. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

    • Karen says:

      Cat – You’re welcome! Glad you found my site. You can subscribe for email updates at the top right of the page. If you are so inclined. ~ karen!

  8. Tara says:

    I found this site looking to make yogurt. years ago,hippy days, I made my yogurt and sat the jAR ON TOP OF THE HOTWATER HEATER NEAR THE HOT PIPE, over night. worked great! the years made me forget how to make it. I am 70 now and going back to doing things REAL!.
    then came the butter ! love it. did not know it was so easy. butter is very spendy, so from now on I make it! you are great lady! thanks big time!

  9. Shantell says:

    Mine didn’t work. What did I do wrong?

    • Karen says:

      Shantell – Hmm. Well, I don’t know, LOL. It’s pretty difficult to mess up. My guess would be you didn’t shake it long enough or hard enough. ~ karen!

  10. Shari says:

    I MADE BUTTER!!! Can your sense my excitement?! I had the whole wham-bam-family over for dinner Sunday night. I followed your how to…and as I walked around shaking the mason jar in front of my family, they all laughed and made fun of me. “Yeah okay Shari…that’ll only take a few hours”…laugh, laugh, laugh. After about 14 minutes, the laughter came to a quick halt as I opened the lid, tipped the jar over a bowl and out plopped a blob of BUTTER! Tee-hee! It was sooo good…and everyone thought I was awesome! Thanks Karen! You’re awesome…I’m new to your site…and I absolutely love it!

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I did the very same thing one year. So funny to see their faces. Who KNEW making butter could make a guy/gal so happy?! It’s funny how the little things really are the best things. Welcome to the site. As you may have ascertained, sometimes I swear. I trust you’re O.K. with that. :) ~ karen

  11. Teresa says:

    My coworker Christina loves you/your site and has finally gotten me interested in reading it myself with the “Tips on Making Butter” blog. I haven’t actually seen the video yet, but judging from the comments, it sounds pretty entertaining. I gotta say, there is nothing more engaging than a sense of humor and you sure have it. I think I’ll try making the butter too.

    • Karen says:

      Teresa – LOL, don’t you hate it when someone tries to push something on you? (in this case me and my site!) It’s like whenever says “Oh! You should meet Jennifer, she’s great! You’d just love Jennifer!!” And then suddenly the last person on the face of the earth you want to meet is Jennifer. :) Thanks for showing up and good luck with the butter! ~ karen

  12. When I first saw this, I thought that you must be a witch. Then I tried it, and it worked! Now I have a way to work off all weight I’m gonna gain from eating butter with a spoon.

  13. Cookie says:

    Karen, I LOVED this video so much, that you inspired me to take my own try at it and make a video too!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Cookie – LOL. Everyone who thinks shaking a mason jar with your arm is too much work, should watch this video. :) ~ karen

  14. Shannon @ bakeandbloom says:

    OMG Karen was that one of those stupid polystyrene reflector boards that fell on you? I would die, just drop dead! I have a phobia of polystyrene.

    When I was on the show I had to do all these photoshoots and I was always having panic attacks standing in those little polystyrene lightbox studio things. True story, I screamed when I saw it fall on you and pushed my iPad off the bed.

    Anyway. Making butter is fun, but only if there is no polystyrene around.

    • Karen says:

      Shannon – LOL. That made me actually laugh out LOUD. Sorry. Not laughing at your phobia. Phobias are no laughing matter. Pushing your iPad off the bed, however is pretty funny. ~ karen! p.s. Could you please email you? I have a question for you.

  15. Gayla T says:

    My recipe- put the jar on the window sill with flowers in it, put the cream in the KitchenAid and turn it on. Sit down and put your feet up. I have made my own butter all my life-when I didn’t get up and check on the whipped cream I was making and it turned to butter. As for the kids rolling the jar around on the floor with marbles in it……you have got to be kidding! If you are looking to hire a hit woman to kill them, bring that jar along when you come to my house for dinner. No charge!

  16. designergrl says:

    Just read your bio,,,and watched the butter episode…man you’re mean…and a tad Like that in a woman ! Whoot !


    D(aka: B)

  17. martha says:

    The old timers – i.e. my grandmother, at least – churned big batches of butter because her family (9 children) wouldn’t have had enough butter for one meal if they’d used a mason jar.

    When her butter was ready, my grandmother pressed it into a bowl and smoothed off the top. When it was firm, she turned it upside down on the butter dish which had a round dome top. Now when I see that same butter dish in my dining room, I think of my grandmother on the back porch with her butter churn.

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