Make Your Own Homemade Butter – 5 Easy Steps
Making your own homemade butter is super easy and great fun especially with kids, spread the word! (Get it…) It’s very nutritious and a healthier alternative to margarines, spreads and other substitutes which are most often made from vegetable oil, or what we like to call butter-wannabe’s.
Depending on how much butter you want to make, you’ll need to buy twice that amount of double cream. Or as our American friends like to call it, ‘heavy cream’. All the fat in the cream is what will eventually turn into our beautiful golden butter. Fun fact: Double cream is around 48% fat, butter is around 80% fat!
What you’ll need:
- 500 ml of Cream (to make 250g of butter)
- An electric whisk (you can use a handheld one if you want to build muscle)
- 0.25 teaspoons of salt
- Ice water (water with ice in it)
- Baking paper
How to make butter in 5 easy steps:
- Pour 500ml of double cream into a bowl and whisk at medium – high for about 5 to 10 minutes until the cream separates into thick yellow globules (butter) and a milky liquid (buttermilk). Before it separates, the cream will thicken into stiff peaks – this means you are doing it right. It can get messy so do keep an eye on it.
- Next, using a wooden spoon or spatula, group together all the butter into a clump and pop it into a sieve to allow all the buttermilk to drain off. It’s important to get all the buttermilk out of the butter else this will cause the butter to go rancid. You can use your hands if they are not too warm!
- Next, transfer the butter to a bowl and pour in about 500ml of ice water. Knead the butter with a wooden spoon or your hands until the water becomes cloudy. Once the water becomes cloudy, throw it away, and pour in some more ice water and knead the butter again. Repeat this process about 2-3 times until the water no longer gets cloudy.
- Now you have your golden butter, dry it using a cloth or a kitchen towel to remove all the excess water. Next, add in 0.25 teaspoons of salt to the butter and mix together. You don’t have to do this, but it will preserve your butter and make it last for up to 3 weeks. Without salt, you’ll need to use your butter within the next 3 days.
- Place the butter onto baking paper and either roll into butter rolls or using your wooden utensils shape into a block and wrap. Store in the fridge or you can freeze it for up to 2 months.
Pro tips when making butter:
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula to knead the butter is best as using your warm hands can melt the butter. However, kneading the butter with your hands is much more fun especially when making it with kids!
- Getting all the buttermilk out of the butter is vital to avoid your butter tasting acidic and tangy.
- You can reuse the buttermilk that you create in steps 1 & 2. Why not try using it in a Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe or when making Buttermilk Pancakes
- Do you want to impress your guests at a fancy dinner party? You can roll your butter into small individual balls using a grooved wooden paddle. The grooves make beautiful ridges in the balls which will make heads turn. Alternatively, you can purchase a butter mould to make shapes (or push the butter through a cookie cutter as a cheat way).
- If you have tried your best to make butter but have been unsuccessful, kick your butter out the window and watch the ‘butter-fly’. That was a joke… you can always buy premium gold Bullion Butter at our store instead!
How to make homemade flavoured butter:
You can add different flavours to your butter once made very easily by simply adding them once you’ve completed all the steps above. Bullion has a tried and tested range of flavoured butters including, our classic Garlic and Herb, rich and intense Smokey Paprika and luxurious Mushroom and Truffle. If you want to make your own, add in some fresh ingredients to your butter and get creative. If you have any compound butters you swear by, do let us know!
If you want to try some strong and powerful butters that will blow your tastebuds, check out the Bullion Butter store. Fun fact: Bullion Butter is more yellow and nutritious than some other butters as the cows are grass fed for the majority of the year!