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Kids, Make Your Own Butter!

Forget the turkey and the pie. Making homemade butter may just be one of the easiest and most fun culinary endeavors of your Thanksgiving weekend. Let your kids WOW you with homemade butter in just a few steps. 

What You Need: 

  • A medium-sized mason jar with a tight fitting lid
  • Heavy whipping cream 


  1. Fill your jar half-way with cream.
  2. VERY carefully tighten the lid. 
  3. Shake, shake, shake!

What's happening

Use all your senses to observe what's happening and how the cream is changing properties. In the beginning you'll hear a lot of liquid sloshing around. After a few minutes of shaking, you won't hear anything, and your cream will be very, very thick. You'll see it probably fills the entire jar. Taste and smell it! This is whipped cream! 

Keep shaking... the cream will change pretty quickly now. You'll actually be able to see the butter start to form.  Liquid will start to separate from the mound. This is buttermilk. You can use it to make pancakes! 

Finally, you'll end up with a lump.  That's butter! Spread it on toast, salt it, season it (with lemon zest or thyme), and enjoy!


If you aren't eating the butter right away (why not?), rinse it under cold water to help preserve it. This is fresh butter, so it won't last as long. 

About Raddish— 
Raddish is a monthly cooking club for kids! Created with a mission of bringing families together in the kitchen and at the table, each monthly thematic cooking kit takes the guesswork out of cooking with kids while creating delicious kitchen memories along the way. Raddish is designed by a team of educators and chefs who believe the kitchen classroom is the tastiest place to learn.