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How to Make Buttermilk

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How to Make Buttermilk

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Once you see how easy it is to make buttermilk, you'll want to make your own everytime. Here's how:

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Heavy cream (avoid ultra-pasteurized)


1. Fill a jar halfway with heavy cream. Then, screw the lid on firmly (a canning jar works well for this purpose).

2. Start shaking the jar back and forth. After several minutes, the cream will thicken and turn into whipped cream. Keep shaking until the whipped cream is replaced with a yellow glob (butter) and a separate liquid (buttermilk).

3. Pour the buttermilk out of the jar, and use it in any recipe that calls for buttermilk.

To Use the Butter: Knead it under cold water for a couple minutes to remove any remaining buttermilk (it will spoil very quickly, if you don't). Then, salt (if desired), and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

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how to make buttermilk, Member amyfreund

I have seen this ""shake"" method and since I barely exercise, I passed on it. Instead, I put one pint of heavy cream, room temperature, into my kitchenaid. I whip on high and get whipped cream, then continue for about a minute or two and it turns into butter and butter milk! I get about once up of butter milk and around 8 ounces of butter. I use organic grass fed and don't add butter.. how does it get any better than that? And my arms don't get tired watching it happen in the mixer ha ha :-)

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