| |

Homemade Butter

Hello all.  I am Kallee from Creative Southern Home and I am so excited to be writing my first post as a contributor for Jaime.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so I thought I would share one of our family traditions and recipes with you.  Homemade butter.

homemade butter featureYou will need:

1 quart jar

1 pint of Heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp salt

homemade butter

Pour your cream & salt into a clean quart jar, with a tight lid.  Start Shaking.  This whole process will take about 30 minutes.  We pass around the jar and take turns when we get tired of shaking.  We also sing a little chant we found from years ago when families really did have to churn their own butter.  It goes:

Come butter come

Come butter come

Kallee’s (insert your name) waiting at the gate, waiting for a butter cake

come butter come

come butter come

homemade butter1

We chant this as we shake.  You will notice that your cream will start to get thick and sticky.  This means you are well on your way, but don’t stop.  Keep shaking.

homemade butter9

After shaking for a while longer you will notice some sloshing.  This means the butter is separating from the buttermilk.

homemade butter3

You should have turned your cream into a big lump of butter surrounded by fresh buttermilk.  Pour out the buttermilk.  Save it to use in pancakes, or another recipe.

homemade butter5

In a strainer, wash off the butter with cold water.  Now it is ready to serve.  It is perfectly soft and ready to grace your table.

homemade butter6

It is perfect for rolls or homemade bread.

homemade butter7

My kids have so much fun making this every Thanksgiving.  We often shake it while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade.  It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it, or without our pumpkin delight, sweet potato casserole and homemade rolls.

Homemade Butter


  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Pour whipping cream into a quart jar with a tight lid
  • Shake for about 30 minutes, until the butter separates from the buttermilk
  • Place butter in a strainer and rinse with cold water. (save the buttermilk for another use)
  • serve with your favorite bread
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


  1. Oh my! I love that you posted this.

    When I was a kid, every year before Thanksgiving, my mother would come to my classroom and bring jars and heavy cream for us kids to shake and make butter. I remember all the little boys would roll their eyes, saying “who cares.” But they would inevitably get into it and take over the shaking once our arms got tired and everyone would squeal as the butter formed.

    Then we’d eat the fresh butter spread on fresh baguettes. The kids all thought my mom was a genius. Lol.

    Thanks for bringing back the memories. I’m going to bring some heavy cream in a mason jar to my mother’s for turkey day this year and try to re-start the tradition!

    1. That’s such a sweet memory! I love hearing about memories that food & recipes bring up! My grandparents still have their old butter churn that has the long stick going into it to make the butter. I used to love to play with that when I was a kid!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating