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Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 32
Making butter at home is easy when you use an electric mixer.


  • 6 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt


In a large metal bowl, combine the cream and salt. To prevent excess splashing as the cream thickens and begins to separate, cover half of the bowl on top with plastic wrap. Using a handheld electric mixer fitted with the beater attachment, beat the cream mixture on medium-high speed until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes.

Stop the mixer and, using a rubber spatula, scrape any solids off the beaters into the bowl. Line a fine-mesh sieve with cheesecloth and pour the solids and liquid through the sieve. Gather the solids in the cheesecloth and squeeze with your hands to remove any excess liquid. Knead the solids together to form a large mass, continually squeezing out the liquid.

Transfer the butter to ramekins. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 2 cups.
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