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How To Make Butter At Home Using Cream

Making butter at home is easy – and the taste is unbeatable. Use it for spreading, and for special occasions. Homemade butter also makes a great gift!

  • Prep: 8 min - 25 min
Yields 1 cup
Glass bowl of homemade butter served with fresh bread
This video shows how making butter is as easy as child’s play. All you need is some cream and a little time. And because it's so delicious, it makes a wonderful gift.


  • 2 cups (500 mL) 35% cream
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
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Sprinkle salt into cream. Pour into glass jars. Leave some space to allow for shaking.

Shake jars 8 to 25 minutes depending on the size of the jar. The larger the jar, the more it will need to be shaken.

When it’s ready, the butter will have hardened and separated from the liquid (buttermilk). Strain the liquid out and rinse the butter in water. Keep the buttermilk to make savoury pancakes or other desserts.

Use commercial butter for cooking and save the homemade butter for spreading. Homemade butter also makes a great gift. The taste is unbeatable!

Another great activity to do with your kids!

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