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.

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

Step 1 Pour cream Pour the cream into the glass jar.

Step 2 Add marble Add the marble and close the jar tightly.

Step 3 Shake Shake. And shake. And shake some more. Now… continue shaking.

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!

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.

Step 6 Extract liquid With clean hands or a spoon, press on the butter in the strainer, extracting whatever liquid remains. Let it drain.

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.

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!