Recipe: Homemade Butter

Making homemade butter and buttermilk is simple and easy, and requires just one ingredient – double cream or whipping cream – and a container like a mason jar for hand churning.


  • 300ml double cream or whipping cream
  • Iced cold water


  1. Pour double cream in to a 500ml mason jar. This should fill 2/3 of the jar.
  2. Put the lid on the jar and shake for 20mins. A lump of butter will gradually start to form. Continue to shake until buttermilk separates out of the lump and the jar contains a solid lump of butter and liquid buttermilk.
  3. Pour contents of the jar into a fine mesh strainer and strain out the buttermilk, leaving the solid butter. The remaining liquid is buttermilk, which can be used in baking or making pancakes.
  4. Place the butter into a bowl of iced cold water. This will remove any remaining buttermilk from the butter. Use your hands to mold the butter into a shape of your choice.
  5. Serve with bread or scones.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at


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