Kid-Friendly Holiday Activity: Make Your Own Homemade Butter!

Want to start a fun new holiday meal tradition and keep the kids occupied whilst you slave in the kitchen? Try this fun and super easy way to make your own homemade butter for the holidays! My kids LOVED to do this when they were little!

It’s too easy to even call it a recipe, but here goes:

Pour some very cold heavy cream into a jar (plastic is a good idea if small kids will be helping). Add a pinch of salt. Put the lid on the jar and then tape it closed with duct tape or heavy mailing tape. Use several thicknesses, just to be sure. Then hand the jar to your kids (willing adults will work, too!) and let them shake, roll and otherwise agitate it for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how much and how frequently you shake the jar.

Then, open the jar and pour off the liquid – hey! I think this is the real “buttermilk, no?. Scoop out the ball of butter that has formed and Voila! Homemade butter!

— posted by Donna


  1. says

    This month’s issue of “Organic Gardening” magazine shows a way to make butter without wrecking your biceps – you just go at it with an electric mixer! I scored a bunch of raw milk yesterday and this evening I’m skimming off the cream and making butter out of it with the electric hand mixer. I’ve made it before the other way with honey and herbs and such mixed in, so I’m very excited about this easier electric way!

  2. Brenna says

    How would you go about shaping the butter after it’s been made? I’m assuming maybe you stick it in a some sort of container, and then you might have to melt it a little bit to get it out.

    • says

      You can just serve it in a small bowl as is – you don’t have to chill it until it’s hard.

      I suppose you could try and make it into a log, but . . . that sounds too hard!

  3. says

    Karly – I love the idea of having kids know how foods are created. Having them involved in cooking is such a bonding experience for all – grownups and kids alike. They will be so proud of themselves for making this. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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