How to Make Butter from Whipping Cream

This guide to Make Butter from Whipping Cream is NOT sponsored and was written based on our honest experience as a mom and dad who strive to spend less money and become more self-sufficient every day!

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Homemade butter tastes SO much better than the storebought stuff!

Plus you can save a ton of money with this easy DIY food staple.

Keep reading to learn:

  • how to make butter at home in a standing mixer
  • how to use homemade buttermilk
  • tips to make it cheaper to make your own butter

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How to Make Butter from Whipping Cream with a Standing Mixer

These days, we find ourselves making – and growing! – the majority of what we eat.

But if you’re like us and don’t have a rural property you can keep animals on (yet), know that you can still live a fairly frugal homestead lifestyle with careful shopping choices.

I found whipping cream on sale at the Real Canadian Superstore for $1.83 the other day and went all in on making butter and buttermilk!

I figured this was a better time than ever to give making butter at home a try.

It tastes way better than any store-bought butter we’ve ever had and was so simple to make.

We highly recommend it with banana bread!

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Related: 10 Best Things to Start Making at Home (Save Thousands of Dollars $$ a Year)

How to Make Butter at Home

To make homemade butter, you’ll need a couple of things:

You could also get a splash guard for your standing mixer if you do a lot of baking.

I like having a splash guard on my mixer since it lets you add more ingredients as you’re going and keeps my most of my mixtures in the bowl rather than sticking to a kitchen towel.


1. Remove your whipping cream from the fridge about 45 minutes before you plan on making butter to let it warm up a bit – this will speed up the whipping process

2. Once it’s reached about room temperature, pour 1 quart (946 mL) of whipping cream into your standing mixer bowl

3. Use the wire whip attachment and turn on your standing mixer to its medium speed – my Kitchenaid has numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 and I like to go with a 4

4. Cover the top of your mixer with a medium-sized kitchen towel but make sure that you can still see the contents of your mixing bowl

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5. You’ll see beautiful fluffy whipping cream start to form about 5 minutes in but don’t stop here!

6. After it’s whipped past the whipping cream stage, you’ll see a slushy mixture – keep going

7. Five or so minutes past this stage will take you to a splashing sound and when you hear it, it probably means you’ve got butter in your whip! Have a look

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8. Use your hands to take out the butter from the wire whip – I like to open sections with one hand and push the butter out of the whip with the other to form a “butterball”

9. Once you’ve freed your butter from the whip, start squeezing it out as much as possible over your mixing bowl to hold onto that buttermilk

10. When you’ve squeezed what you can out, hold it over your glass container and take it to your sink for a cold water/ice bath

11. Run cold water over your butter until the liquid changes from cloudy to clear

12. Squeeze out any remaining liquid from your butter and then place it in your storage container to start shaping it

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13. Be sure to try it on a piece of homemade bread before you store it in the fridge for up to a month 😉 it’s nearly impossible to go back to storebought butter after experiencing this!

14. Pop a small fine mesh strainer onto a mason jar

15. Remove the mixing bowl from your standing mixer and begin pouring the buttermilk into the mason jar you set out – you’ll probably fill an 8oz mason jar with a little extra to spare (we add it to a small 4oz jar and save it too)

15. Store your butter and buttermilk in the fridge or begin enjoying it right away!

How to Use Buttermilk

Here are a few ways we like to use homemade buttermilk:

  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Marinades (we love it for fried chicken!)
  • Bread
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes
  • Scones
  • Cornbread
  • Dips
  • Dressing (amazing for homemade Ranch)
  • Sauces
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Is it Cheaper to Make Your Own Butter? Tips to Save Even More

Out here in the Suburbs of Vancouver, BC, butter is going for up to $8.29 at some grocery stores!

But after buying it for $1.83 a quart at the Real Canadian Superstore, I always keep an eye out for sales on whipping cream now!

I took home five cartons and made butter and buttermilk with all of them – you can freeze homemade butter just like the regular stuff and save a ton of money this way.

When you consider the regular $8.29 price at most groceries these days, that adds up to  $431.08 a year (if you buy it once a week).

Making it for $1.83 a pound works out to a cost of $95.16 annually for a yearly savings of $335.92 but who knows when we’ll see it for that price again!

That said, you can still get a 1-pound (454 g) block of butter for $5.45 at Costco if you’re willing to make the trip out to one (at this price, it works out to $283.40 annually).

But if you’re there anyway, you could also pick up a carton of whipping cream for $4.99 and make homemade butter and buttermilk 🙂

At $4.99, Costco whipping cream will cost you $259.48 a year.

At the time of writing this, Costco stores in British Columbia don’t carry buttermilk but grocery stores in the area have it priced at $3.98 a carton (Save On Foods and Walmart).

So, if you buy it weekly, you’re looking at an annual bill of $206.96 for buttermilk.

Between the butter and buttermilk you’re making, that’s a value of $490.36 (when using Costco pricing as your benchmark for butter).

Deducting the $259.48 it’ll cost you to purchase whipping cream annually at Costco gives you a savings of $230.88 a year just on these two homemade product swaps!

A Costco membership starts at $60 in Canada, so it’s worth getting if you don’t have one yet!

How to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year with Costco:

How to Make Butter from Whipping Cream: Final Thoughts

You can save a ton of money by learning to make basic foods at home.

So be sure to shop sales and stock up when the opportunity arises.

Tried this recipe? What are your favorite ways to use homemade butter?

Let us know in the comments below 🙂

Happy making, friend!


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