Preparing for Pioneer Day: Make Homemade Butter in a Mason Jar!

Preparing for Pioneer Day: Make Homemade Butter in a Mason Jar!

Every year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrate Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day commemorates the arrival of the Saints into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 after a treacherous trek west. Typical activities include pioneer crafts, cooking, and more! Here’s an easy idea for homemade butter in a mason jar. It is perfect for kids and takes minimal effort. All you need is a bit of arm strength!


You’ll Need:

-Heavy Cream
-Mason Jar (any size will do)
-Cheesecloth (a strainer will also work)


Take a clean mason jar and fill it up with as much heavy cream as you’d like. You can use any size jar; small mason jars are good for children or for groups. Screw the lid on tightly and begin shaking.

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes of continuous shaking to make butter. About half-way through shaking, you’ll notice the heavy cream start to thicken into whipped cream. Keep on shaking! You’ll know you’ve reached the butter stage when the heavy cream suddenly separates into liquid and solid. This is buttermilk and butter!

Put your cheesecloth in a bowl and gently drain the buttermilk from the butter. Be careful not to squeeze! It is best to pick up the cheesecloth and let the butter slowly drip out. Also, save the buttermilk. It can be used in many more recipes and is truly fresh.

Scrape the butter off the cheesecloth and chill. It is now ready to enjoy! This recipe makes unsalted butter and is great for baking. However, to make it a bit yummier when you spread it (it is very spreadable!) add a little bit of salt to taste.

PRO-TIP: You can add anything to your butter! Think honey, cinnamon, flavored salt, chives, garlic, etc. You can make whatever kind of butter you’d like.

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