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A dollop of homemade butter sits in a small dark wooden bowl on a white circular plate. Also on the plate is a piece of toast, slathered with homemade butter and topped with ground cinnamon and a few drizzles of pure maple syrup. Off to the side is a striped dish cloth with fringe. Everything sits on a wood plank background. This is the horizontal image.
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Homemade Butter Using a Mason Jar

This homemade butter using a Mason jar is incredible! Easy to make, and easy to customize for any dish or baked good that you would like to use it in.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Base Foods
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade butter, homemade buttermilk
Calories: 800kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 1 half pint fresh heavy cream
  • cold water


  • Open the container of heavy cream and pour into a cleaned and dried mason jar. Tighten the lid.
  • Hold the Mason jar with both hands lid side facing up, and shake vigorously for 4-5 minutes, or until you reach the whipped cream stage.
  • Continue shaking for another 7-10 minutes or until you get butter and buttermilk, using the following method: shake the jar hard once with the lid facing up, then flip the jar upside down so that the lid is facing down and shake it once again. So you shake once, flip the jar over, shake once again, flip the jar back upright, and so on.
  • Once you accumulate enough buttermilk in the jar (~1/2 cup), drain off the buttermilk into a measuring cup. Give the butter a few more good shakes to get any remaining buttermilk out.
  • Dump the butter into a large bowl. Pour about 4 oz of cold water over the butter. Then using a spoon and tilting the bowl up on its side so a lot of the butter is in contact with the water, mash the butter against the side of the bowl and swish water over it to remove butter milk. After doing this a few times, drain off the diluted buttermilk into the measuring cup. This should yield a full cup of buttermilk which you can pour into a storage jar and place in the refrigerator for future use.
  • To ensure all of the buttermilk has been washed away, pick the butter up and begin massaging it under a stream of cold water (the buttermilk that you are washing away at this point is so dilute, that it’s not even worth saving). You now have ~1/2 cup of fresh homemade butter and 1 cup of buttermilk! If you are looking to customize your butter by adding in herbs, spices, honey, etc., this is when you want to add those things in.



When purchasing heavy cream, be sure to choose one that is preservative free. The only ingredient should be cream


Serving: 0g | Calories: 800kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg