How to Make Butter

Butter is one ingredient that is found in almost any recipe. Leaning how to make homemade butter is super simple and will make any recipe all the more better.

How to Make Butter

Butter is the main ingredient food in any Southern kitchen. From savory to sweet, almost every dessert needs it. Our popular Southern Kitchen Bucket List series already had buttermilk biscuits on it, so naturally I had to add how to make homemade butter to the list.

KitchenAid mixer with ingredients
butter in mixer=crumbled butter

Leftover Buttermilk

As you’ll notice after making, there will some leftover liquid. This is buttermilk, and can be used for so many recipes. My favorite to use it for is Buttermilk Biscuits.

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draining homemade butter

How to Make Butter

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Homemade Butter


Learn how to make homemade butter with this quick and easy recipe.Perfect for biscuits, cakes and more.


  • 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt 


  1. With the whisk attachment, mix heavy whipping cream at high speed. It goes quickly through the stages and will just take a few minutes. 
  2. You’ll see the cream begin to thicken (read : whipped cream, the best made-from-scratch thing perhaps ever) and as it mixes longer it will quickly begin to solidify and clump together, separating itself into butter solids and buttermilk. Once this occurs you can turn off the mixer to avoid buttermilk splattering all over your kitchen. 
  3. Next, gather the butter solids into a flour sack cloth or cheese cloth. 
  4. Then take the buttermilk and pour it through a fine mesh strainer or again cheesecloth to capture any remaining butter solids. I poured mine directly into a little jar to store for biscuit making, perfect. 
  5. Squeeze the remaining buttermilk out of the butter solids, wringing out as much as possible. Try to handle it as quickly as possible as the butter will begin to melt. 
  6. Wash the butter in a bath of cold water to remove any remaining buttermilk, as it will make the butter sour and not allow it to keep as long. The water in your bowl will be cloudy for several baths and continue until it runs clear. Finally, sprinkle salt and mix in. 

rinse off
stored in a tube

I rolled mine slightly into a log and wrapped it in a waxed paper covering to keep.

homemade butter with biscuits

But of course be sure to enjoy it first! You’ll love how fresh it tastes, and how easy it was. I loved seeing the whipped cream > butter > buttermilk components – would be a fun thing for the kiddos to help with.

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