Make your own sweet cream butter at home—it’s easier than you think!
Making homemade sweet cream butter is easier than you might think!
1. For the most delicious sweet cream butter, start with high-quality cream. To find a local dairy near you, check the state-by-state listings at Eat Wild.
2. Whip the cream by any means necessary. You can sit down at an old-fashioned butter churn or simply switch on your KitchenAid or hand mixer. As you mix, the cream will transform into whipped cream. But don’t stop there unless there’s an ice-cream sundae nearby! Keep going, and you’ll see that the fluffy cream begins to get a bit yellow and grainy. Keep going, and the butterfat will eventually separate out of the cream.
3. Drain off the liquid and use this low-fat buttermilk in your next baked goods, smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal (it will keep in the fridge for a few days). Continue mixing and draining until you no longer see trails of white buttermilk seeping out of your butter. Add some cold water and beat a little bit more until all the water weeps out.
4. Add salt if you like, to taste, and refrigerate. Voila—homemade butter! Homemade sweet cream butter stays good refrigerated for about a week.
If you want to get a little fancier with your homemade butter, try culturing the milk first for a tangy European-style butter, or shape the rendered butter into molds. Learn more in How to Make Butter and Buttermilk.
Old-fashioned cooking allows you to use real ingredients and savor deeper flavors. Find out more in our Old-Fashioned Cooking Guide.
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