How to Make Butter From Leftover Cream

Health / Nutrition / January 25, 2016

Author: Dean Neuls, AlgaeCal CEO and Co-Founder

Dean Neuls is AlgaeCal’s Co-Founder and CEO. He has been operating the company since its beginning, and is passionate about creating an excellent product that helps people. Neuls is also a natural health author and student of bone health science.  As the discoverer of plant calcium and sponsor of calcium clinical research, he is uniquely qualified in this field. He also leads the rest of the AlgaeCal staff by example with his healthy diet and active lifestyle. Dean was born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan and raised all over Canada.

I really didn’t want to share this silly video with you.  I mean, what does churning butter have to do with bone health anyway?  (Oh, I guess we could research up some connection between the amazing fat soluble vitamins in hand churned butter and bone density – but it would definitely be a stretch!)

Anyway, my wife Viv (AlgaeCal’s COO) and Monica (AlgaeCal’s Content Manager) overruled me!

So here you go.  Have a chuckle at my expense.  

Watch the video below.



What You Need:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • A stand mixer, hand mixer, or whisk and large bowl
  • Cold water
  • Strainer
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp. salt

** Use organic ingredients whenever possible.


  1. Take 1 cup of organic whipping cream and place into a large electric mixer. If using a hand mixer or mixing by hand, place into a large bowl.
  2. If using an electric mixer, set on low speed, then raise to medium speed. If using a hand mixer, turn on low and then raise to medium speed. Or if by hand, whisk away! (About 2 minutes)
  3. Once most of the whipping cream has turned solid, take a strainer and pour the remaining cream through it. Either into a bowl or cup. This excess cream is called buttermilk! You can save it and use it in baking or drink it! (It’s delicious).
  4. Once your butter has been separated from the buttermilk, rinse with cold water to get rid of the remaining buttermilk. Repeat until the water runs clear. * Removing the excess buttermilk prevents your butter from going sour.
  5. Place your homemade butter in a container or butter dish! (Use within 2-3 weeks) Enjoy!

**Optional addition: Add 1/2 tsp. of salt to your butter and mix well before placing into your butter dish.

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Ok now you know what kind of silliness goes on in my house on an otherwise quiet evening.

Let me know if you enjoy us getting a bit personal once in awhile.  Please give us your thoughts in the comment section below the blog post.

Dean Neuls

I was a little apprehensive about sharing personal content that is pretty much irrelevant to bone health, but was talked into it! What is your advice? The occasional piece like this helpful to get to know us at Team AlgaeCal, or should we keep it purely professional? Pls comment! 🙂

Alla Seyder

Hi Dean
I liked this video very much ! it’s always nice to see real people behind strictly professional mails . I think, it’ll encourage people to share their concerns, thoughts with the team of real and nice people more than with just signature on the mail


great looking butter… go the extra step and put it in a press with the personalized stamp.


Such a good idea, Nora!

I’m going to try the stamp next time…

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Scarlett Barger

Very interesting. I had no idea you had to “rinse” butter to get rid of the excess cream. I enjoyed it.


Loved it! As a longtime customer of AlgaeCal products, I look forward to your professional videos. Adding a personal video occasionally I think is a good idea; a personal touch adds a new dimension to Team AlgaeCal.

Monica Heinemann

I think it was fun to watch and informative. I remember as a young girl making butter at school, the teacher put cream in a jar and each student shook the jar until it turned to butter, which we enjoyed on crackers afterwards. Nice to go back to that memory. I just may try to make my own butter for the fun of it.

Thank you! and please feel free to post more videos.

Anna Mutin

Very nice! I enjoyed it.

Thank you for this information I will try making butter myself. Where you bought this hand mixer?


Dean Neuls

Hello Anna, this churn was in our family since I was a kid because we had a jersey milk cow and made butter ourselves. I’ve seen them in antique shops now and then. Or Amazon will have some probably. Have fun! You can make it with an electric kitchen mixer quite well too.


Not silliness at all, great to see this, and so easy! Everyone should learn the basic skills of our grandparents’ days…..back to basics and knowing where our food comes from!

Dean Neuls

I sooooo agree with you Joy! Thanks for your comment. My Dad at 75 has an ever expanding organic garden that feeds us all. He sends fresh veggie care packages overnight on the bus so that we can eat the real thing! Viv and I make a huge smoothie with his veggies (along with 2 or 3 eggs) as our morning habit.

Carrie McGee

Sweet! Health issues can be so serious and frustrating, and I really enjoyed the fun of your video this morning.


I just tried making my own butter a few weeks ago…and was very proud of myself for being able to use my extra cream. It was fun watching your video and learning the reason for rinsing well. I think it was great that you shared your knowledge.

Dean Neuls

I didn’t mention that the butter was really tasty too! I think it was extraordinary but could be my imagination 🙂 How was the flavor (in spite of not rinsing so well)?

Phyllis Owens

I liked your presentation. The video does let us know who you are on a more personal level. I liked the content because it is helpful and practical although I think maybe someone that would buy algae cal might not use milk products. I don’t except on rare occasions but I liked the video so much I want to share it with my family so it’s a “YES” for me.
Phyllis Owens

sue crowder

I love homemade butter. I buy fresh milk from a friend and I have made butter from the wonderful thick cream off of the fresh milk. I also have made homemade cottage cheese. I think the younger folks need to know how my grandparents and theirs lived and how they had to rely on the know how to make these things. They could not run to the store and buy these goody’s. Nothing silly about this.


Dean Neuls

Thanks for your comment and totally agreed that the younger generation can really benefit from getting closer to where food comes from. I used to milk our jersey cow daily as a young guy (I think early teens) and one day a neighbor came over when milking was about to start. We joked that he had to pump the cow’s tail to make the milk come out and he did it! We had quite a laugh!!!


It was nice because you were humble and gentle. When it is constant, insinsere, and what have you, I grow tired of such methods.
Yours was very tasteful! In more ways than one.?

Dean Neuls

Very punny Sheryl! And your point is well taken as well.

Stephanie Evans

Wonderfull! Enjoyed this very much!
It is inspiring me to try making butter too.
Wife and Monica are right!

joann Jones

Please share, it was so sweet.
Thank you


Love the video and your sharing. I am going to try that. Thanks.

Patricia Haase

Love this personal side to AlgaeCal 🙂 I think it makes us customers feel so much more part of it. I would love more videos along the way like this please. Just a note to say i took a tumble on Thursday – went down with a thump – and guess what – no broken bones yay. Although i have had to take a yearly infusion on advice from my rheumatologist to slow down bone loss from steroids i firmly believe my AlgaeCal Plus must be working well to walk away from that fall without a break. Thank you for all your do! I very much like buying from companies with good ethics and a human touch and that is what AlgaeCal is to me. Warmest wishes from Patricia xx

Dean Neuls

Patricia, thanks for your kind comment! I just LOVE talking with our customers but sadly don’t have much time these days if we want to meet our objective of reaching more folks. So glad you managed to walk away fracture free! Wishing you the very best of health. And thanks again for taking your time to participate.

Lesley O’Brien

Thank you….who would have thought? This will be very useful.


Thank you for sharing. We used to making butter when I was a kid. I just had a “Butter Making Party” for some of my friends who had never made butter. We shook our butter it instead of using a mixer and we had such a good time doing it. I had made homemade rolls and we put our butter on them. It was absolutely delicious.

Dean Neuls

Leona, that sounds amazing! Be sure to invite team algaecal to your next one k. hahahaha! Thanks for contributing!


This was extremely disturbing as I am vegan and have read numerous studies and articles and dvds on the horrors of animal agriculture…… The dairy industry causes pain and suffering to cows….and their calves (taken away early so HUMANS can steal their milk). They are raped to keep them giving milk and overmilked and overmilked till they are spent and then killed so humans can eat their flesh!
Dairy also LEECHES calcium from the bones of humans. No one requires dairy after weaning…..especially milk from another species. Also, cancer feeds on dairy. *read Dr. Campbell’s THE CHINA STUDY. And also note COWSPIRACY – the revealing dvd that brings out the environmental destruction of our planet because of the water consumption and cutting down of our rain forests so the land can feed the cows instead of the starving people in this world. The planet and all on it is on the verge of destruction. Please…….look into all I have shared. Thank you.


Hi Ellie,

Thank you for your comment and I’m sorry you did not enjoy the video. We appreciate all views and we understand that everyone follows a different lifestyle, including diet. This video was not trying to get into anything serious about dairy versus non dairy, etc., but was more of a lighter, get-to-know-us post.

I am very familiar with the resources you have shared. Unfortunately, Dr. Campbell’s ‘The China Study’ and its claims are not supported by the data and have been debunked in the scientific community. Campbell left out important data to further his agenda – which is not how you report science. For an excellent review of The China Study and its actual findings, please go here:…/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/ I’ll also note that The China Study is not peer-reviewed research, meaning it has not been through the rigorous scientific process to ensure accepted standards have been met.

We are not trying to come across as pro-dairy here at AlgaeCal, we are pro- unbiased and valid science. Our aim is to inform our readers with all the knowledge so they can make an informed decision about their health. Whether that’s dairy, plant sources or animal sources for calcium – there are great choices for everyone of every lifestyle.

– Monica from AlgaeCal


Even though I am vegan, I very much enjoyed the video. I have never made butter and it would never have occurred to me to rinse it in cold water, so I learned a few things. I’m glad you shared it and I hope you will continue to share things like that from time to time. Our world has become so cold and people so distant from each other that it just kind of warms the place up.


Hi Jayne,

Thank you so much and glad that you learned a few things :). We will definitely continue to share stuff like this more often!

– Monica from AlgaeCal

Colette Stanley

Enjoyed the video. This more personal human contact was nice.
Learnt to make butter. I remember when I was a child my mother made her own buttermilk that we all enjoyed.
My home is strictly “organic” I find it’s a way of avoiding general bad treatment of nature and animals on top of all the good health benefits.


Hi Colette,

Buttermilk is just so good! Great to hear you are strictly organic and definitely agree about the overall benefits!

– Monica from AlgaeCal


This was a wonderful trip down memory lane…not mine exactly…but I remember my mom talking about milking cows and making butter as a girl. Then in WWII they learned to make margarine because they couldn’t get butter. I love butter and joke that bread is the vehicle God provided us with to enjoy more butter. I really liked seeing Dean in the kitchen as a real live person who can enjoy a simple pleasure (even if it more work than purchasing it already made). Thank you.


So glad you enjoyed it, Melissa! Thanks for sharing your/ your mom’s memories. It’s nice to think back about even the simplest things like butter 🙂

– Monica from AlgaeCal


I wanted to know if the cream you used is the same cream that can be collected after boiling milk. A heavy layer that settles on top after it boils and cools down.

Dean Neuls

Hi Roshni

Thanks for the comment and checking out our video. The cream I used was organic heavy whipping cream, which I pour into the jar at the beginning of the video. You should be able to find some at your local grocer. Good luck, and I hope you give this recipe a try!

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