I have always been under the impression that making butter is a difficult process. I was so wrong. My grandson Charlie learned to make butter at school last week. He knew I would be visiting at his house this week, so he couldn't wait to show me how we could make our own butter too.

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Heavy whipping cream, room temperature
Salt, optional

Fill a jar about halfway full of cream (I used 1 cup), then add a marble. Cover tightly with a lid. Shake the jar for about 10 minutes, or until the butter separates from the liquid. Remove the butter from the jar and squeeze the excess liquid out of the butter; rinse with cold water. Add salt to taste, if desired, and knead into the butter. Cover and refrigerate.

Heavy whipping cream is the ingredient you will need to make butter at home. You can also add salt, if desired.

To make butter with kids, the only equipment needed is a jar with a lid and a marble.

Charlie took the first turn at shaking the jar to show us how it was done.

Ginger also took a turn shaking the jar. I still had my doubts at this point about making butter this way.

But after only about 10 minutes of shaking time, the butter had separated. We poured the butter into a colander and squeezed out the excess liquid. We rinsed the butter, then added some salt and kneaded it into the butter.

The next step - Charlie was ready to make a taste test.

A definite success!

Of course, there's more than one way to make butter at home, but the way Charlie learned to make butter is such a fun way to make butter at home with kids. If you wanted to make a larger quantity, you would probably want to use a mixer or food processor to help you with the job, but making butter at home is actually easy to do and pretty yummy too!

I think Paula Deen would be proud.


  1. WOW, looks like they had fun (their so cute). My grand kids would love this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Look at those cutie pies!!! Charlie looks so proud and I know it was a success!

  3. I was raised on a 'gentleman's farm' we had a milk cow. My brothers milked the cow and sold the milk. We had plenty of rich cream. When we had several cups of cream we would 'churn' it into butter. We had a big glass butter churn and we all had to take our turn churning the butter. It seemed like we churned for hours--then all of a sudden there was a big lump of butter--we hit gold.
    Thanks for the fun memory!

  4. Oh my goodness Anita...we just made this, literally ten minutes ago! As soon as I read this, the kids and I went into the kitchen and made some butter. I can't wait to make this more often. Tell Charlie, we said thank you ♥

  5. I definitely need to try making my own butter–thanks for posting this!

  6. How awesome. I will definitely be making this with my grandkids. Thank you Charlie...my GrandDAUGHTER Charlie just turned 14 this week.;-)

  7. Anita,
    What a great activity for the children, I just love it! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)