How to Make Your Own Butter

Think of this as a science project that illustrates how a liquid can transform into a fatty solid. A delicious science project that requires a lot of elbow grease.


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You Will Need

  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • A glass jar with a lid
  • 1 clean glass marble
  • A large mesh strainer
  • A bowl
  • Clean hands or a spoon
  • Parchment paper or a butter bowl
  • And a refrigerator
  • 1⁄2 tsp. salt
  • A slice of bread, fresh or toasted


  1. Step 1

    Pour cream

    Pour the cream into the glass jar.

  2. Step 2

    Add marble

    Add the marble and close the jar tightly.

  3. Step 3


    Shake. And shake. And shake some more. Now… continue shaking.

  4. Step 4

    Keep shaking

    After several minutes, the cream will start giving off its liquid and getting chunky; this indicates the butter is starting to form. Keep shaking!

  5. Step 5

    Pour into strainer

    When you can see lumps of butter in a milky liquid, pour the contents of the jar into a strainer set over a bowl.

  6. The liquid that drains through is actual buttermilk. Use it for pancakes or ranch dressing.

  7. Step 6

    Extract liquid

    With clean hands or a spoon, press on the butter in the strainer, extracting whatever liquid remains. Let it drain.

  8. If you prefer salted butter, add a teaspoon of salt and blend it in.

  9. Step 7

    Chill butter

    Remove the butter from the strainer. Roll it into a log and wrap it with parchment paper or press it into a pottery bowl, and chill it in the refrigerator.

  10. Step 8

    Spread butter

    For an immediate treat, immediately spread the fresh butter on the most delicious bread you can find. Your hard work paid off!

  11. You’d need 21 pounds of fresh cow’s milk to make just one pound of butter.