A woman holding a small piece of bread with freshly made food processor butter on it. A salt pot and bottle of filtered water is sitting in the background

Food Processor Butter

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Making homemade butter at home is so simple using a food processor.

For this recipe, you only need two ingredients and a few minutes. It’s really simple and a lot less messy than using a stand mixer. Let me show you how!

Food processor butter ingredients set on a table next to a white food processor. Two small containers of heavy whipping cream, salt and cold water are ready for making homemade butter.

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Food Processor Butter Tutorial Video


  • Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Salt
  • Cold Water
A large white food processor, a salt pot full of pink sea salt and a white pitcher full of chilled water rests on a table ready to make food processor butter.


Storing Homemade Butter

You can store your food processor butter on the counter in a butter bell or in the refrigerator. Butter stored in the fridge will keep for much longer than at room temperature on the counter.

We go through butter very quickly at our house so we store it on the counter for up to a week. It never seems to last that long.

Adding water (like the French do) to your butter bell creates a water seal on the butter preventing it from being exposed to air. This also helps keep your butter from spoiling.

I make large batches at a time and store the extra in the fridge or freezer until I’m ready to use.

  • Butter Bell

Transfer the homemade butter to your cute butter bell, butter dish, or wherever you like to store your butter.

I usually keep the extra butter in a mason jar with a plastic lid in my refrigerator and refill my butter bell from it when I need to replenish.

Now go and slather that delicious goodness on a piece of fresh homemade sough dough bread. Bonus: If you are interested in learning how to make a sourdough starter from scratch, subscribe to our blog and you’ll have access to the ebook as well as any future ebooks that we create. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Remove your heaving whipping cream from the refrigerator 30 minutes to 1 hour before you want to make your food processor butter. Warm cream makes the processing even faster.
  • Buy a food processor that can handle larger volumes of food and liquid. You can make larger batches of what you need so you won’t have to do it as frequently.
  • Choose a food processor that has dishwasher-safe components. This makes cleanup quick.
  • Chill your water the night before so it’s really cold when you need it. Alternatively, add a bunch of ice to a pitcher of water to make it cold really fast.
  • Keep a recipe card that has the ratio of salt to cream that you prefer once you’ve made this a couple of times. Takes the guesswork out of it.
  • Use this recipe to make delicious homemade compound butter.
  • Whip this fresh homemade butter with some honey. It’s the best spread for homemade sourdough bread.
  • Save the buttermilk and use it for baking. No waste here!

How To Make Food Processor Butter

  1. Get out all your ingredients and your food processor. Remove your heavy whipping cream from the fridge up to an hour before you want to make your homemade butter.
  2. Attach the chopping blade to your food processor.
  3. Add your warmed heavy cream to the liquid fill line of your food processor. The fill line is usually marked on the side of the vessel itself. Secure the lid.
  4. Turn on your food processor and let process the heavy cream. The amount of time this takes varies and depends on how much liquid you are trying to process at once as well as the size of your food processor. Smaller batches will go faster than larger ones.
  5. Once the heavy cream has been processed for around 8 minutes, you will see a bunch of liquid that has separated from the cream. This is what you want to see. Continue to process until all the cream is clumped together.
  6. Remove the butter solids from the liquid.
  7. Pour your ice water into a bowl and place the butter solids into the ice water to rinse.
  8. Using your hands begin to smash the butter together into a ball, rinsing and squeezing at the same time.
  9. Once your butter has been rinsed, add salt to taste and mix with your hands or a wooden spoon or spatula.
  10. Store in an airtight container or better bell.
Heavy whipping cream is added to a large clear bowl of a food processor to begin making food processor butter.
After its been processed for 1 minute. See how it’s starting to stick to the side? This is a good sign.
The heavy whipping cream and buttermilk are beginning to separate after being processed for 4 minutes. Making food processor butter is really simple and fast. The heavy whipping cream is a beautiful golden yellow.
Separation is becoming more obvious. This was after 4 minutes.
Homemade food processor butter progress picture. This picture shows after the heavy whipping cream has been churning for 8 minutes. The solids have separated from the creamy yellow butter solids now.
What it looks like after 8 minutes. It should look like this when it’s done. Solids have separated from the liquid.

Rinsing Homemade Butter

There are a couple of different methods you can use to rinse your food processor butter. I’m going to mention both here so you can choose what will work best for you.

Some people don’t even rinse their homemade butter. So I’ll leave that up to you. The butter tastes the same. Some just prefer to rinse the buttermilk off. I have done both.

Method 1

After your butter is fully processed, remove the buttermilk from the processor pitcher and set aside.

Replace the pitcher and turn it back on slowly adding in the chilled water. Process for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat 2-3 times.

Method 2

Once the butter has been processed, for this method you’ll be using a bowl, tea towel, and chilled water.

  1. Place your clean tea towel over a large bowl.
  2. Remove the canister from the base of the food processor and empty the butter and buttermilk into the tea towel.
  3. Set the food processor canister aside and pick up the tea towel and begin to squeeze it until the butter forms a ball.
  4. Once the butter has been formed, open the tea towel and pour the cold water over the ball of butter, and squeeze. Repeat a couple of times to clean the butter.
A clear bottle of chilled water sitting next to a bowl of buttermilk and a fresh made ball of homemade food processor butter sitting on a white tea towel.

Recipes Using Homemade Butter

I love butter on everything. Fresh sourdough bread, scones, roasted vegetables, you name it. As the late Julia Child used to say, “Everything is better with butter.”

Couldn’t agree more Julia, I couldn’t agree more.

Here are a couple of recipes you could try with your food processor butter:


I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own food processor butter at home. It’s so simple that I hope you’ll give it a try. -Brie


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  1. Love this post so much! Good reminder to go back making my own butter! Thanks for sharing 💜

  2. Thanks Anja. I shared your bread recipe here to go along with the butter. It was so delicious!! Have you guys tried Anjas recipe?! If not, you’re missing out! Check the link at the bottom of the butter post!!

  3. Love the way that she explains step by step
    and then shows results!
    Also, she gives actual measurements to
    majority of her recipe!
    So Easy to Follow!⭐️🌈

  4. Thank so much. I want to make sure I’m explaining things thoroughly so that its easy to understand. Nothing more frustrating that steps being left out. Thanks so much.

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