Learn How to Make Your Own Butter
Cabot farmer Brooke Gladstone of Newmont Farm knows a thing or two about making butter. Though she’s as passionate as all of us at Cabot about our own award-winning butters, which have been named America’s best, she learned growing up that making homemade butter is a fun activity that brings people together and imparts some valuable (and delicious) lessons along the way. As a working dairy farmer, she loves sharing this wonderful skill with others. Plus, she adds when talking about making butter with her three daughters, “it’s hard to be on technology when you’re shaking a mason jar.”
Home to over 1,300 milking cows on 1,800 acres in Bradford, Vermont, Newmont Farm is run by multiple generations of the Gladstone Family. The farm hosts an annual open-house event that draws close to a thousand visitors for hot dogs, ice cream, and award-winning Cabot cheese. The Gladstones are passionate about their community and love sharing what it takes to run a family dairy.
Every spring and fall, Brooke invites local kids to the farm. After a tour, they gather on the front lawn and talk about farming while inviting the kids to shake mason jars full of milk. Many of the kids have never made butter before, and Brooke says that it “can feel quite magical because you are shaking and shaking and then almost instantly the butter separates out.” The activity is full of important skills, including learning that you have to push thought a bit of work to get to the reward, but that “it makes it a bit sweeter, or in this case, creamier.”
Brooke also likes that making butter with your own hands helps connect people to the food they eat. “With our population becoming more removed from knowing where their food comes from, we strive to educate as many people as possible. We want to give our three daughters the skills to investigate the foods they are consuming.”
We couldn’t agree more. To let you try your own hand at butter making, we’re sharing two butter recipes that are fun, family-friendly, require minimal ingredients and equipment, and will have you enjoying your own butter in only minutes. First time butter makers are often surprised at how deliciously easy it is to make your own creamy, delicious butter for spreading and baking. Give it a try!
How to make Homemade Butter in a Food Processor
If you have a food processor, this butter recipe couldn’t be easier. Just pour heavy cream into the processor and watch it churn that cream into butter solids in just a few minutes. Add a pinch of salt if desired and spread away. Yummy.
Step 1: Process & drain off buttermilk
Step 2: Process & add water, and then drain
Step 3: Add Salt (if desired) and drain any excess liquid
How to make Homemade Butter in a Mason Jar
If you don’t have a food processor, or you’re looking to get more hands-on, you can also follow Brooke’s lead and whip up a batch of creamy homemade butter in a mason jar. Just shake, and then shake some more. Like kids visiting the farm, it’s a bit more work, but the reward will be all the sweeter. Click here for the full recipe.
Step 1: Shake it
Step 2: Drain off buttermilk
Step 3: Work it & add salt (if desired!)
Step 4: Enjoy it!
Though homemade butter is scrumptious just as it is, Brooke and her family also like to swirl maple syrup and a pinch of salt into their homemade butter for a sweet twist. For a savory option, they add garlic and fresh rosemary from their garden. When it comes to enjoying butter, Brooke says, “the options are endless for all the flavors you can add.” Use your fresh butter in this deliciously decadent recipe:
Looking for more how-tos? Check out our guide to all things cheese.