How to make butter in a canning jar

A few of you wanted to know how I made my butter in a canning jar, so I thought I would share the way I make it. Some people allow their cream to warm to 60′ or room temp, but I don’t. I guess if you allow the cream to warm a bit, it causes the butter to be less sweet. Well I don’t know about you, but I love me some butter, so I keep the temperature of my cream cold and straight from the fridge. I’m not exactly sure on the real process of how making butter works, and I’m sure some of my terminology is not correct, but that’s alright with me. Like I said I, don’t know how it works, I just know that it does works and it makes some dang good butter. This is a great activity to do with the kiddo’s. And if you want to really educate them on how to make butter, just do a little investigating first on the real process of how it works. My kiddo’s are too young to care right now. They just love watching the cream turn into butter and taking little tastes along the way.
Here is what you will need to make your own butter and buttermilk in a canning jar:
*1 pint of cold heavy cream
*canning jar with a lid
*lots of energy for shaking Pour cold heavy cream into canning jar and fill it about 3/4 of the way. Take one last peek at what the heavy cream looks like. Next time you take a peek it will be whipped cream.

Screw the lid on and start shaking. Shake for about 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes unscrew the lid and take a peek…now you have some whipped cream.

Go ahead and take a nibble, it is scrumptious! Screw the lid back on and shake for another 5 minutes or so. If you unscrew the lid now, you will see this. The miracle of making your own butter is starting to work.

Screw the lid back on and keep shaking for just a few minutes. You will be able to feel and see once the butter is starting to form.

Now unscrew the lid and pour off some of the liquid. Make sure you pour the liquid into a bowl and save it. The liquid is actually buttermilk. Just an added little bonus to making your own butter. You can use it to make some buttermilk pancakes.

Screw the lid back on and shake a few more times to make sure you get all of the buttermilk out. Drain the excess liquid again.

Screw the lid back on. In a few more shakes you will get a smooth ball of butter.

Now place the butter into a bowl.

Run some cold water over the butter while mixing the butter around with a spoon to get the rest of the buttermilk out. Drain the liquid off and repeat til the water is clear when drained off.

Now you have handmade butter made in a canning jar.

Place your butter and buttermilk in some jars and place in the fridge.

Why not make up a few to share with others, who doesn’t love and deserve a little homemade butter?! These will make a cute little homemade gift paired with your favorite pancake mix or freshly baked bread. Or snip some fresh herbs and mix it in with the butter to use on top of grilled steak.

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  1. Özlem Mercan says:

    Harika gözüküyor ….
    Well done

  2. I made this last summer with my daughter and some of her little friends. They loved it and I thought it was pretty darn cool too.

    Thanks for posting, it reminded me to try this again.

    Laura @ Come Together Kids

  3. Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother says:

    I didn't know making homemade butter would be so simple! I am definitely going to be doing this :)

  4. mustangkayla says:

    How cool! My mom made some honey butter the other day, just by mixing in some honey with softened butter. I bet this homeade butter would be incredible mixed with some honey!

  5. Love it! I didn't realize it was so incredibly easy. This will be fun to do when the kiddo is older, definitely. :)

  6. Wow . . . I didn't know there was such a thing as making your own butter . . . how sad is that?! And sounds like it would be quite an arm workout, too (does that mean you can eat all you want after you burned all those calories making it?). Looks tasty!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  7. Danni Girl says:

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing this, Christina!

  8. My family made this all the time when I was a kid. I like a little salt added to the butter. Perfect on fresh bread! Yum!

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  10. Michelle says:

    Great tutorials – and love that it's in a jar! I think this might be a fun rainy day project. My 7 year old recently told me her favorite food was butter. :)

  11. heymudda says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I'm making butter and sweet potato biscuits with my grand daughter this weekend!

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  13. Heather @ Catfish Kisses says:

    Ooh cool! I want to make this!!

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  14. Oh my gosh! I'm so going to make this with my kids! How cool!

  15. Rachel at Sun Scholars says:

    I've never done this, but looks like a fun project to do with the kids this summer! Awesome!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and share this at my For the Kids link party! Stop by and join in on the fun!!!

  16. SmileMonsters says:

    I tried this once and it never thickened. Maybe I gave up to soon!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  17. Catch A Falling Star says:

    I have never tried this but, it looks like something fun to do with my kids and maybe for my classroom too!

  18. Stephanie Krohn says:

    Thanks for the recipe. My kids and I finally made the butter this evening. Both my 2 year old and 6 year old loved shaking the jar and watching as it changed from a liquid to a solid. Pretty cool!

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  20. Well I'll be! This is incredible? And it really tastes like butter? I've got to try this.

  21. I made this today, and was fascinated to the core! I decided to use my homemade butter to make homemade beer bread. TY for sharing!

  22. I forgot to say…I also used the buttermilk to make a lime curd. I had to use some cream that was on the verge of going bad, and this was perfect!!

  23. I made hand-churned butter and put it in wide-mouth 1/2 pint canning jars for some gifts and then saw a picture of yours on pinterest and thought I was seeing things!!!!! How funny! Mine is on my blog as part of a thank you basket at
    I can tell you, this is a hit for gift-giving and perfect with warm bread!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I make homemade butter by first making the milk/cream into yogurt, then whipping it into butter. But, you way is okay, still using a mixer or blender would get you there a whole easier and quicker.

  25. VintageTwilight says:

    I just found your blog and am loving it! We do this at home too! I put a marble in the jar to speed things up! Thanks for the bloggy awesomeness! I'm adding you to my reader!

  26. rollinger says:

    I learned how to make butter by accident. I want some whipped cream for my cake…and the cream won't work and it was hot outside an suddenly i got butter.
    Is it possible to salten the butter before shaking?

  27. What an excellent way to use up leftover heavy cream!

  28. I just made this a moment ago…it really didn't take 20 minutes either…I was so excited. As a baker and chef, it feels so good to say you know where your ingredients came from and how they were made!

  29. I tried to make this the other day, and we filled the jar 3/4 full with cream and shook it for at least an hour. It never turned into butter. However, I was determined, so I bought more cream, filled a jar only 1/2 full this time, and shook it for less than 20 minutes, and voila! So maybe just don't fill it 3/4 of the way up.

  30. My boys and I made this and we had fun doing so. Thank you for the tutorial!

  31. Add a marble to the jar and it "churns" the butter quicker. 😉

  32. Anonymous says:

    Will try this with my grandchildren! When my children were little I'd buy raw milk from an FFA student, skim off the heavy cream and make butter in a blender. Easy and good but not as much fun for the kids! :)

  33. Tales from the Ranch says:

    Just got done making this and it turned out wonderful.

  34. This may be a stupid question…but does this just taste like butter, or is it ACTUALLY butter? I bake cupcakes, so I'm wondering if I could actually use this in place of store-bought butter in recipes?

  35. Anonymous says:

    Nicole, its actually butter. This is how basic butter is made. I like to use a cheese clothe to squeeze out the excess buttermilk as a final step.

  36. Putting a clean marble in the jar while you shake it helps to speed up the process! (I put a little salt in mine too but that's personal preference.) Other wise a great homemade butter recipe.

  37. This is so fun!! How long does the butter last in the fridge? Cause the cream only last a few weeks..

  38. 2littlehooligans says:

    im guessing it will only last a few weeks as well. but i think i have stored some for up to a month and it was still fine:)

  39. we are doing this tomorrow

  40. Just beat the cream with an electric mixer and you get the same result. Maybe not as educational for the kids but good for bigger batches. Respect for executing such a powerful arm workout though 😉

    • My sisters and I made butter by accident many times with an electric mixer back in the 60’s. At Christmas my mother would ask one of us to whip the cream for whatever dessert she had made. I can tell you butter was made several times over the years!

  41. We just made two batches of this one regular by your directions and one we added sugar the buttermilk tastes like whole milk in the batch with sugar and the butter has just a touch of sweetness to it the whole thing worked great we had a blast doing it thanks for the wonderful post

  42. I am so going to try this and the ice cream. Thank you for sharing!

  43. Anonymous says:

    sounds like way to much work to make something you can get at the grocery store. seriously who wants to shake something for over a half hour just to get a little bit of butter.

  44. where do you find the canning jars with plastic lids?? That is so fun! I have looked and can't seem to find them. Thanks!

  45. 2littlehooligans says:

    kristen, i buy my lids at walmart with the regular canning supplies. sometimes during canning season they will have them in most grocery stores.

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  47. Thanks for sharing! I've made my own today and referenced your post in my post. I can't believe how easy it was.


  48. My 3 yo and I did this today after stumbling across a link via pinterest. She giggled and squeaked though the entire process with joy. I enjoyed teaching this to her.

    I'll admit though, after so much shaking to make a few tablespoons of butter, I ended up putting some of the cream in my mini food processor to whip up enough to fill my butter dish.

  49. Geri Johnson says:

    I remember doing this many many many years ago in grade school. The teacher read us a story while we passed the jar around the room to take turns shaking it. Then we enjoyed our butter spread on saltine crackers. I will have to do this with my 3 year old grandson next week – he would get a kick out of it! :)

  50. the Stitchworks says:

    We did this in 6th grade (my teacher grew up on a potato farm). Love the reminder. Thanks!

  51. I use an electric mixer to make my butter. I was making some one day and my grandson asked what I was doing. When I told him, he said " BUTTER?! You can make ANYTHING!." It is soooo good!

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  54. Thank you so much for posting this. I found the link on Pinterest, and finally got around to doing it today with our little gal. We had such fun! She loved it, and can’t wait to eat it on some (homemade) pumpkin bread. Next project, your ice cream!

  55. I grew up on a dairy and occasionally my dad would let the milk/cream separate in the milk tank and when the cream had risen to the top, he would get about a half gallon of it to make butter with. If you frequent antique shops you can still find butter churns with paddles. I can remember turning the handle to make butter many times. What we didn’t need, we would give to family and friends. At the time I didn’t appreciated it, but I do now that we no longer have a dairy in the family and I have to buy it!

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  63. I think this would be fun to do with my daughter.. however, a pint of heavy cream is about $2.68 at the local grocery store. A lb of butter is about $2.59 …….It feels like it might be cheaper to buy butter.. I wish it wasn’t so, and I’d make my own butter in large batches! <3 Butter !

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  73. I’m very interested in homemade butter, but I can’t imagine shaking this for 30 minutes… Can you get homemade butter with a food processor, or blender, or mixer? Thanks!

  74. Khvanzant says:

    WOW – this is great!! And an easy homemade gift to give to those who are also starting to follow a whole food lifestyle with me.

  75. I have to admit I wasn’t sure if this would work, but it totally did, and I was amazed! (Still am!) The shaking for 20 minutes was, obviously, the hardest part, but I did the best I could.
    I have to admit, because I wasn’t sure if this would work for me, I did put in about a teaspoon and a half of sugar. I figured that if it failed, at least I’d have me some whipped cream.
    Well, I got the butter alright. :) Because of the sugar, it ended up tasting more like Devonshire cream than butter (which isn’t a bad thing! Especially considering how expensive Devonshire cream is around here.)
    Thanks so much for sharing this, it worked out so well.

  76. I love this. I am going to do it at our next 4H meeting for our young Clover Kids.

    BTW…where did you find the plastic white lid for the canning jar?

  77. :) I did this at church like once a year between the ages of 6-12… #Imamormon. Its fun for kids, I think.

  78. Amber jones says:

    have anybody come across the problem of shaking too much and it just staying whipped cream. for an hour ive shaken mine maybe its the whipping cream cause ive done it before and it worked just fine

  79. I am elderly, partially handicapped, have no kids to teach, and don’t have the kind of strength to shake anything for 20 minutes, LOL! I love my kitchen power tools, and hope that you youngins realize that you can use a mixer, a blender (including an immersion blender), or a food processor to do the same thing. What I would rather do is turn butter and non-homogenized whole milk into cream that has actual flavor. (I have a gizmo, a Bel cream maker, but it doesn’t work well) Ultra-pasteurized cream is so blah and flavorless it’s sad. I can go to a farmer’s market and buy pasteurized, but non-homogenized, whole milk, but the amount of cream in it is not nearly enough. My mom used to buy fresh raw cream from a farmer that was nearly as thick as mayonnaise and it tasted unbelievably wonderful. Trading flavor for the super long shelf life is a travesty. That flavor is also missing from butter made with ultra-pasteurized cream, but few of us remember the really good stuff.


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