Homemade Butter

Today is a big day in our house.

Nick and I have been married for 8 years, together for about 9.5 years total.

That’s almost 1/3 of my life and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. It’s hard to even remember what I did before I had him as part of my every day.

8 years later, I still can’t believe it’s been this long. We’ve had some fun years and some tough ones. We’ve seen two nephews completely take over our hearts and lost other family members too soon. There’s been a few vacations, lots of time in Honduras, and lunch together, almost every day.

Sometime over these years, he’s figured out just how crazy I am and still loves me. I finally learned how to cook and found something that keeps both of us happy.

The most important lessons I’ve learned in 8 years of marriage:

Being married to your best friend is the greatest thing, ever.

Laughing every day keeps you both happy.

Even though you may think being right is the most important thing, it never is.

Fight fair and make up.

There is always going to be something trying to tear you apart: disagreements, money, big decisions. Figure out your system, stick to it, and always always be willing to compromise.

Find little things that make your other half happy and do them often. Surprise gifts, special meals, a hug at the end of the day. Just do it.

Your sense of humor will be the most important part about you some days. Don’t lose it.

Dance. Goof off. Don’t always be such a boring adult.

Pay the bills and keep money ready for date nights.

Your marriage is your marriage and only yours. Protect it. Cherish it.

Sharing your life with someone is a lot of work sometimes. Keep working at it, every day. It’s worth it.

A fridge full of beer and steak can cure a bad day.

Chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven calm any bad mood.

Homemade bread and butter solves almost any problem. Fact.

I never, ever thought I would stand in any kitchen of mine and just whip up some butter.

But – you don’t need one of those huge butter churns or gallons of cream. Making butter is one of the easiest things I’ve made…ever.

Take some cold cream. Beat it until you have super thick whipped cream, and then just keep going. The fat will separate from the liquid, leaving you with butter and buttermilk.

Drain it, whip in some salt, and serve.

Some things are better when they’re simple, like bread + butter. Cookies + milk. Best friends + wedding rings.

Homemade Butter

Makes: about 1 cup of butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Pour the cold cream into a large bowl. Beat the cream with a hand mixer or in your stand mixer (with the whisk attachment) until you have thick whipped cream.
  2. Keep whipping the cream on low-medium speed until the fat starts to separate from the liquid.
  3. Dump the butter and buttermilk into a colander and drain the liquid away from the butter solids. You can keep the buttermilk to use for cooking.
  4. Put your butter solids back in the mixing bowl, add the salt, and whip together until the butter is creamy.

 

43 Responses to “Homemade Butter”

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    Kat @ Balance & Spice — May 29, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I feel so sad that I’ve never done this before. I feel like I’ve spent a quarter of a century missing out on the most delicious looking and healthiest butter ever. Thanks for the inspiration, Brandi!

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    Aly — May 29, 2012 at 4:57 am

    A sweet story and I did not know how simple making butter was!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Happy Anniversary:-) My husband and I have been together 8 1/2 years but only married for almost 2.

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      thanks!!

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    Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama — May 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Happy anniversary! Great advice in this post. How cool that you made your own butter! Doesit taste better than store bought?

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      um..yes. it’s incredible. it’s going to be trouble :)

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    Sarah R — May 29, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Love this post. Happy anniversary to you and Nick!

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      thanks Sarah!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    What a great post, and how cool that you made butter!
    Congrats on 8 years! :)

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      thanks Rachel :)

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    Stacy Makes Cents — May 29, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    I have a slight obsession with butter. I wish I could have a cow just so I could make butter whenever I wanted.

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Stacy! You and me both :)

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — May 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Awww, great post! Loved reading it. Happy anniversary!! :)

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      thanks so much!

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    Sues — May 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I love this post!! I’ve never thought to make my own butter, but now I’m totally tempted. I have a feeling once I made it once, I’d never go back.

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      exxxxactly :) it’s dangerous knowledge to have.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — May 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Congratulations on 8 yeaaaars! And butter. Oh yes, the butter.

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      thanks bev :)

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    Lauren — May 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Who knew it was butter that easy to make!! Great marriage advice too!

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      i know, right? thanks lauren!!

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    Kathryn — May 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Happy anniversary! It really sounds like you guys have a great marriage!

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      thank you so much!

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    Cassie — May 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    So fun! Happy anniversary, Brandi!!

    • admin replied: — May 29th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      thanks Cassie!!

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    Julia — May 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! We celebrate 8 years (in June), so I know EXACTLY what 8 years of hard work looks like. Tough times and also amazing times. At the end of the day, laughing and eating bread and butter is basically perfect! Homemade bread and butter solve all of our problems too, FACT! And chocolate chip cookies do too ;)

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      happy (early) anniversary!!

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    Paula- bell'alimento — May 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Y’all are too cute! Happy Anniversary! xoxo

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    Erin — May 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Fantastic! I am trying to use up everything that will spoil otherwise while I am gone on vacation. Thanks for this.

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      perfect! it was so easy.

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    Teacher Girl — May 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats my dear! You two are absolutely adorable together. I wish you many more years of happiness! =)

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      thank you!!

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    jenna — May 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    happy aniversary! loooovvee this!! i sorta wish i never read this!!! #dangerous! hope you had a great weekend.

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook — May 30, 2012 at 12:24 am

    What a beautiful post, and so true: Everyone should marry their best friend, and fighting fair is one of the keys to any good relationship! (So is homemade bread and fresh butter. Well, okay, it might not guarantee success in love, but it sure helps.)

    Happy rest of your lives together, you two crazy in-love kids.

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      thanks so much :)

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    lynn @ the actor's diet — May 30, 2012 at 3:32 am

    big congrats to you two! that is some good marriage advice.

    • admin replied: — May 31st, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      thanks lynn!!

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    Veronica Lambert — June 1, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Loved the blog Brandi!!! Miss you! Hope to see you this summer! And I’m gonna have to get on this homemade butter thing!!! :)

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    Shannon — June 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    really, that easy?? delicious! oh, and CONGRATS!!!

    • admin replied: — June 4th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      thanks!! and yes. THAT easy.

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    Jennafer — January 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Just curious if this is more cost effective then buying stick butter at the store. Or do you do it strictly for the better taste?

    • admin replied: — January 11th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I guess it depends on what butter and/or cream you normally buy. It can definitely BE cheaper, for sure, but it depends on the pricing where you are. I did love how it tasted, though – especially since I could control how much salt was in it. And it was just fun to make!

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    jenn — January 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    How long will your butter last when made homemade like this?? Love this post!

    • admin replied: — January 11th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Probably a few weeks, I would guess? We used it pretty quickly, since I made biscuits the next weekend.

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