Shake up your kitchen and make your own butter



If you’ve ever thought that it might be cool to make your own butter, but stopped short of buying an old wooden butter churn, there’s a new and fairly inexpensive gadget just for you called the Buttercup™ Butter Maker from Chef’n. This clever device is a fun and educational way for kids to learn where butter comes from, and provides a few minutes of arm exercise for those who want to justify that extra dab of yummy calories with dinner. The Buttercup™ Butter Maker is a customized plastic jar with a built-in strainer and separable bottom. Simply fill the jar with room-temperature heavy cream and optional flavorings like herbs, honey or garlic. Shake the contents for about three minutes to separate the butter and strain off the liquid buttermilk, rinse a couple of times with cold water, and unscrew the bottom of the jar for use as a ramekin server. Add salt to taste and you’ve got homemade butter!

The Buttercup™ Butter Maker is made from BPA-free plastic and silicone, and is top-rack dishwasher safe. It’s available from Williams-Sonoma, Amazon and other retailers.

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  • Lauren March 19, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I love this for making garlic butter for steaks, bread etc., great for the “from scratch” cook!

  • Pam T. March 19, 2014, 4:49 pm

    3 minutes? Is that realistic? I’ve done this in my KitchenAid stand mixer before and I seem to remember it takes longer than 3 minutes.

    And don’t throw away the remaining liquid – buttermilk makes awesome pancakes or makes a nice tenderizing marinade for chicken.

  • Greg Carter March 19, 2014, 5:09 pm

    @Pam That’s a good tip about the liquid – and it’s hard to find good buttermilk these days.

    As for the three minutes, that’s what the manufacturer says. I suspect that the initial temperature has a lot to do with it, because they also stress to leave the cream out several hours to get it to room temperature before churning.

  • Eric March 20, 2014, 6:24 pm

    It’s a $15 jar. Save the money and reuse any old jar. I’ve been using the same Mason jar for about 15 years for this purpose.

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