Homemade Cultured Butter

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Author Notes: A sweet and slightly tangy butter made at home.Ashley Rodriguez

Makes 7 oz

  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Try to find ingredients that do not have additives or stabilizers. Pour the cream into a jar or bowl. Add 2 tablespoons yogurt. Stir gently until well combined then cover. Set the bowl in a warm (around 70*) spot. Leave it out for at least a couple of hours. Check it often and test for flavor. You want it to have a nice sour flavor but the intensity is up to you. Beat the cream with a stand mixer or hand held until the buttermilk separates from the fat. Alternately you can place in a jar and shake firmly. Either mixing method will take quite a bit of time. As the butter separates from the buttermilk our off the liquid (save it for tomorrow’s pancakes) and continue to beat getting out as much of the buttermilk as you can. When most of the buttermilk has been released add ½ cup very cold water and continue to mix on low. Pour off the liquid and repeat until it’s nearly clear. While still in the bowl knead the butter by hand as you would bread dough. Pour off any remaining liquid as it accumulates. Knead in the salt. Taste and add more if desired. At this point your butter is ready to use. I recommend reserving this special butter to be used to slather on toast and as a finishing ingredient where you’ll really be able to enjoy the flavor. It can be used in baking although the liquid content is different than conventional butter.

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8 months ago Julie

Cultured butter is even better with active sour cream cultures instead of yogurt. Creme fraiche or buttermilk will also work, as long as the cultures are active. Unlike yogurt, the cream cultures produce diacetyl, the delicious, natural flavor component that tastes like butter. More butter-y butter, yum!


over 2 years ago maryvelasquez

I think I whipped when I should have beaten.


over 3 years ago nycook

About how long is "quite a bit of time" as stated in the instructions? I've been beating for about20-25 minutes and nothing yet. How long does this take? I am so excited to taste this, I'm impatient!


over 3 years ago impeesa

I make butter once a week for my family, i wouldnt say its cost effective but its certainly feels good, cultured butter is a lot of fun to make too, next step... butter stamp!!


over 3 years ago daisybrain

As we were kneading our butter my friend asked, "Should it feel so silky?". Yum. We will be doing this again.


over 3 years ago StefaniH

I just finished making this! Now I feel like I've done something incredible even though our ancestors made butter all the time. My great, great, great grandmother would think I'm crazy for being so excited over something like this! lol