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How to Make Raw Butter (+ VIDEO)

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!