Homemade Butter

Last summer, we visited a farm, and my boys were amazed to see how milk is made.  Since then, I have been planning to show them how to turn cream into butter.  I remember doing it when I was a kid, and I knew they would love it. Today, I am sharing all the details of the SIMPLE process.
All you need is some whipping cream (we used 250ml) and a jar or container with a tight lid.

Here's how we did it:

First, we poured the cream into a container and made sure the lid was on tight.  (It works better/quicker if the cream is at room temperature.)

Then, we started shaking.  The boys all took turns, but they tired easily.  {Be prepared to do most of the shaking yourself!  lol}

We kept shaking and shaking -- seriously, I think shook it for about 20 minutes.  First it turned to cream, and then, when I was close to giving up, it magically turned to a clump of butter.

Finally, we drained off all the liquid.  (I put it in a strainer, rinsed it with cold water, and squeezed it in some paper towel.)

My six year old thought it was an amazing magic trick, and he immediately went to get his magic wand and hat.  (He cracks me up!)

I hope you try making butter with your little magician.  Let me know how it goes.  :-)

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. I had no idea you could make butter with only one ingredient! What planet have I been living on? Such a wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing and I so had to "pin" this so I can do this with my son.

  2. I recently saw this done on TV with a food processor. Much easier on the arms, but not as fun!

  3. Can't wait to try this with my kids. They would be in awe of the transformation. Visiting from Sun Scholars. Vicky from Mess For Less

  4. Oh good, easy instructions. Thank you! My boys will love this. I'm your newest follower!

  5. I just did this, its amazing, I had no idea you could do this at home until I saw your post. My kids were fascinated.

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