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10 Minute Homemade Butter in a Jar

This 10 minute homemade butter recipe is so fun! I remember doing this project in elementary school when we visited a farm and learned all about butter making. I had this vision in my head about the whole process and how all we did was shake up some cream in a jar. My husband nearly thought I was crazy!

Lo and behold, I looked up some homemade butter recipes online which totally gave me some deja vu. I really wanted to try this out as a fun activity with kids.

This recipe is super easy and takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It really is quite the arm workout shaking cream in a jar, but it really does turn into butter!

10 Minute Homemade Butter in a Jar:


  1. 4 ounce mason jars (with canning lids)
  2. heavy whipping cream
  3. optional – sea salt


  1. Fill the mason jar half way with heavy whipping cream
  2. Secure the lid and shake the cream for 10 minutes
  3. After a few minutes you might think that nothing is happening, but I promise you there is! Please just keep shaking!
  4. After about 5-6 minutes, you will notice you don’t hear much liquid shaking around and when you open it the mixture will resemble a whipped cream or ice cream consistency. This is a sign it is not done, so keep shaking!
  5. At around the 10-12 minute mark, you will start to hear liquid again. This means the butter and buttermilk are separating and this is a good sign!
  6. Look inside to see what is happening. If needed, keep shaking until a firm ball of butter forms. You can discard to keep the buttermilk liquid for future use.
  7. Add salt if you wanted salted butter then it is ready to eat or save for later!
  8. I added a pinch of sea salt to my butter and spread it on some hawaiian rolls. Yum!

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