I’m a Pioneer! Or, How I Made Butter for the 1st Time in my KitchenAid

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!

I’ve been curious about making my own butter now for a little while. Since I received my beautiful KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Christmas 3 years ago, to be exact. However, it seems to be getting harder and harder to find butter for sale in stores for under $3.00, and we use a fair amount of it. I grew up using margarine for everything, but my husband loves butter and, in the past 8 years, I’m afraid I’ve become a bit of a butter snob.

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
Just Plain Old Whipping Cream in the Mixer

I had heard that it’s actually cheaper to make your own butter than buy it, so when I found heavy cream on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart yesterday for $0.80/250mL, I thought that I should give it a go.

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
Watch out – now’s the time to cover the mixer!

I read a few articles and blogs online about the process, and they all seemed to say more or less the same things – except that most of the blogs didn’t put as much of an emphasis on cleaning the butter as best as you can before storing it in the fridge. This is important, because the more ‘buttermilk’ that’s left in/on your butter at the end, the faster it will spoil & smell like expired milk, even in the fridge.

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
Skip this step & your kitchen will be MESSY!

<anecdote>Bear with me for a funny story: My mom grew up on a farm in the ’50s & ’60s, and as the youngest child, she and her closest-in-age brothers would be in charge of shaking the fresh cream into butter. My grandma would pour it into mason jars & seal the jars, then my mom and my uncles would go to work shaking, shaking, shaking until the butter separated from the whey/buttermilk, at which point they’d turn the jars over to my grandma. One of my uncles decided that there was a machine that existed which could do the job a lot better & faster than they could, so he proceeded to convince the others to pour the cream into the washing maching. You can guess how well that turned out for everyone and everything involved. They did not make a habit of doing that again. </anecdote>

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
Finally: the separation happens.

The process of making butter today (if you have a stand mixer) is simple, easy, & doesn’t require an ounce of exertion. Follow these steps, and you’ll be a pro with homemade butter in less than twenty minutes! As a note, you can use however much heavy cream you’d like, but you should end up with equal parts butter & buttermilk when you’re done. I used 500mL cream and ended up with 250mL buttermilk at the end.

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
Fresh Butter + Buttermilk
  1. Pour cream into a chilled mixing bowl. 
  2. With whisk attachment, mix on med-high speed. It’ll take about 8 minutes to get to the next step.
  3. When cream becomes thick/buttery, cover your mixer. It’s about to get messy.
  4. Keep it mixing. When you start to hear sloshing & splashing, you’re almost there. Let mix for another 2 minutes.
  5. Uncover mixer, put colander/strainer over another bowl, and drain the liquid (buttermilk) into other container. Return butter to mixing bowl, mix on high for another 2 minutes. You want to remove as much of the buttermilk as possible. This step is to help force the excess liquid out of the butter.
  6. Strain again. Return butter to mixing bowl, add salt (I added 3/4 tsp for 500mL cream). Mix again for 2 minutes. Strain over sink. If your’e going to use the buttermilk for baking, you don’t want to have the now-salted buttermilk added to your stash.

    Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
    Continue Rinsing Until Water Remains Clear
  7. Rinse out mixing bowl with ice cold water, fill with ice cold water, & kneed the butter in water for several minutes, squeezing to let out trapped buttermilk.
  8. Dump water, rinse butter, repeat kneading process in fresh ice cold water.
  9. Repeat step 8. This is to remove as much of the buttermilk as possible from the butter.
  10. When water is finally clear/not cloudy, shake off excess water, shape, & wrap to store in fridge. Handle as little as possible with your hands, as you don’t want the butter to melt while you’re shaping it.
  11. Refrigerate buttermilk for use in a baking recipe. 
Ten steps may seem like a lot, but it really is a quick venture. The longest part about it is waiting for the whipped cream to turn into butter. I advocate walking away for a few minutes. You know how they say a watched pot never boils? As soon as I walked away from the bowl to check Twitter, my butter & buttermilk separated.
Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!

As for cost: Is it really cheaper?

I got the cream on quite a good sale. 500mL for $1.60. I ended up with 190g of butter.
 A block of butter in the store comes is 454g. Gay LeaButter is on sale at Sobeys this week for $2.95.
If I were to buy 190g of butter from Sobeys at sale price, it would cost me $1.25. 
Regular price for this butter at Sobeys is $5.79 – so if I bought 190g of butter at that price, it would cost me $2.36.
Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!

If you can find butter on sale for under $3, it’s probably cheaper to buy it. However, if butter is not on sale but cream is, it’s cheaper to make your own butter. Plus, you get the by-product of buttermilk, which is useful in baking and saves you from buying some or using the milk in your fridge.

Easily Make Butter in your KitchenAid Stand Mixer - turn cream into butter: cheap, quick, & delicious!
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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.

9 comments

  1. I’ve been thinking of trying to make butter – but I haven’t got a mixer. I think I’ll go the children with Mason jars route. :)

    What did you end up using the buttermilk for?

  2. Heheh butter snob you! Sadly I do not have a fancy mixer like yours so will have to keep buying my butter (for now).

  3. Interesting. I’ve never thought about making my own butter and don’t have a mixer either. I’m happy with margarine and only use it every now and then for baking.

  4. Oh I love real butter, and i believe it to be healthier than the so-called healthy spreads and margarine. My dad was a milkman when i was a little girl and i remember him bringing home cream and making butter with it :)

  5. I … didn’t know that buttermilk with the byproduct of making butter. How much of a noob does this make me?

  6. I have done this by accident. Never on purpose.

  7. I think I want to try this once just for the heck of it!

  8. I want to try this……….thank you for explaining it so nicely. :)

  9. About how long do you think it will stay fresh?

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