How to Make Raw Butter (+ VIDEO)

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Ah, homemade butter. Has there ever been a more perfect food? To the Traditional Swiss living in the isolated Loetschental valley early in the last century, raw butter made from unpasteurized cream was a sacred food.  No pale supermarket butter, but a golden alpine butter made from the rich, beige raw cream of cows grazing on thick grass. 

The children raised on this nutrient dense, raw butter had strong physiques, wide faces with plenty of room for their teeth. They also had high resistance to disease. There wasn’t a single case of TB in the Loetschental Valley despite this illness raging elsewhere in Switzerland during the early part of the 1900’s. At that time, the Swiss villagers still existed on foods grown or sourced themselves in the valley. Only salt was brought in from the outside.

The young men raised on this nutrient dense traditional diet with plenty of raw, deep yellow butter were so perfect and pleasing in physique, strength, and character that the Vatican favored them over all others in Europe to serve as the Papal Guard.

The Loetschental Swiss knew that it was this nutrient dense, raw butter that was responsible for their robust health. The indigenous Swiss would put wicks in bowls of the first spring butter and burn it in their Churches!

We now know that this sacred food contained ample amounts of true Vitamin A, D, and K2.  When sufficient amounts of these fat soluble vitamins are present in the diet, they work synergistically to produce a level of health unknown in modern civilization.

The Importance of Raw Butter in the Diet

When I first became knowledgeable on the subject of Traditional Diets, obtaining plenty of raw, grassfed butter for my family became a primary goal.

The problem was that raw butter was not available anywhere near where I lived. I couldn’t even find raw cream or unpasteurized milk for that matter!

Determined to have this sacred food for my husband and myself (I was pregnant at the time) and for my oldest child who was a young toddler, I sourced quarts of frozen, raw grassfed cream from elsewhere and shipped in 9 or more quarts a month for my family’s use.

With some of that beautiful beige, grassfed cream, I would make the most tantalizing, golden butter for my family. I continued this habit for many years.

I am fortunate that now I am able to obtain raw, grassfed butter locally so I rarely have to make my own raw butter anymore. However, I thought it would be helpful to show you how to make this sacred food for yourself in case some of you are in the same predicament that I was many years ago – desperately wanting raw, grassfed butter but unable to find any!

How to Source Grassfed Cream to Make Butter

The only thing you really need when making butter is quality grassfed cream. Don’t use anything but grassfed cream else your butter will turn out white or at best pale yellow. A light colored butter indicates that it is not nutrient dense.

The easiest route is to buy quarts of raw, grassfed cream from a local farm. If you don’t have a local grassbased dairy farm nearby, you can request your local healthfood store to stock a pasteurized cream. Natural by Nature is a good brand. This brand of Devon cream is excellent to and can be mail ordered to your door. Be sure to avoid UHT pasteurized cream by Organic Valley as it is too overly processed.

If you can obtain raw, grassfed milk but not cream, you could also take the cream off the top of a gallon or two of the milk using a turkey baster and make butter with that cream.

The key is to get creative!

Don’t take no for an answer if you can’t find quality cream where you live. Figure out where to get it whether it be sucked off the top of a few gallons of grassfed milk or shipped in from another place. A great way to find farms that will mail order cream to you can be found in the Weston A. Price Foundation Shopping Guide.

Homemade Butter

The recipe below details the instructions demonstrated in the video tutorial. You may use either raw or pasteurized cream, preferably from grassfed animals.

Note that once you make the butter, you can easily take it one more step to make homemade ghee, which is shelf stable. Both ghee and raw butter oil are concentrated forms of all the goodness of butter!

How to Make Butter

Recipe for homemade butter using pasteurized or raw cream. Super easy and when sourced from pastured cows, is one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 pound
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Pour cream into the bowl.

  2. Turn on hand mixer on medium speed and mix until the cream turns into butter. You will know this because suddenly, the butter will separate from the buttermilk in the bowl and change color to yellow. Depending on how fresh the cream is, this may take 1 minute or 10 minutes. 

  3. Add 2 cups ice cold water and remix for a few seconds. Pour butter mixture into a fine mesh cheesecloth, gather up the ends and squeeze bag to strain out the water mixed with buttermilk. Repeat this rinsing process one or two more times as desired to make sure all the buttermilk is removed for the sweetest tasting butter.

  4. Scoop the butter into a small container with a lid. Refrigerate.

Recipe Notes

If you use slightly soured cream in this recipe instead of fresh cream, you will have cultured butter!

Homemade Butter Video Tutorial

Once you have a source for quality cream, making homemade butter is easy and fun.  In this video below, I share with you my method for making raw butter in my own kitchen.

All you need is a bowl and a hand mixer! It’s much easier than the shake the cream in a jar method!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Weston A. Price

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