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Shake up your kitchen and make your own butter

By: Greg Carter
on March 19, 2014 7:00 am


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.


  1. 1
    Lauren says:

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

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    Pam T. says:

    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.

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    Greg Carter says:

    @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.

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    Eric says:

    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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