The very first time I made butter I searched through seemingly endless websites and blogs that all droned on about how to make butter. Many of the posts were confusing and unnecessarily complicated.
Why? I wondered… why doesn’t someone make an easy to read, simple guide on butter making?
After all, making butter is one of the simplest things in the world, why must the instructions be so complicated?
Well, they mustn’t be. All that boring butter reading inspired me to make a visual guide to butter making, for your viewing pleasure.
How to Make Butter Step by Step:
Gather up your materials! You’ll need 1 quart of heavy cream and a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
Optional: If you’d like to make salted butter, you’ll of course need some salt.
Pour the heavy cream into the mixer and turn it on medium high. You don’t want it up so high that cream is splashing out of the bowl, but turn that baby up as high as it can go before it starts splashing.
Watch and wait while the heavy cream is in the mixer. It will change drastically over the course of a few minutes. You’ll be able to clearly see the change from cream, to whipped cream, to crumbles of butter, to a solid piece of butter with buttermilk in the bottom of the mixer.
Hold the butter in your hands under cold running water. Gently squeeze it and knead it under the water. This step removes the remaining buttermilk from the butter. If you don’t remove the butter milk the butter will spoil quickly. When the water is running clear you’ll know all the buttermilk has been removed.
If you’d like salted butter, now is the time to salt it. Start by adding 1 tsp of kosher salt to the butter and mix well. Give it a taste, if it’s not salted enough for you, you can always add more.
Form the butter into a brick, or use a spatula to spoon it into your butter bell for safe keeping.
How to Make Butter Visually:
If you’d like to download and print this guide for your own personal use, you can download the PDF here: How to make butter: A visual guide
If you need to read a post that shows you step by step with photos on how to make butter, this post from my wonderful friend Homestead Lady is a great one, and it’s NOT boring!
Please do not use this for commercial purposes. To do so would be considered copyright infringement, and seriously uncool.