I love making butter. Its so easy! I put some farm fresh milk (4%) cream in my kitchen aid mixer and started whipping the cream. Your cream will start forming peaks and will turn to whipped cream. Keep mixing. You are almost done at this point. When the whipped cream starts to break down.. it will look like a light yellow cottage cheese. Keep mixing until you see buttermilk separating from the solids.
Use cheesecloth draped over a clean bowl and pour the mixture into the cheesecloth. Lift up your cheesecloth and let the buttermilk drain into the clean bowl.
Keep the buttermilk to use in cooking. I love making buttermilk biscuits!
Next, remove your butter from the cheese cloth and place in new bowl. Run under very cold water to wash away any remaining buttermilk. You may need to rinse and drain the water 5 to 10 times before the water runs clear. Make sure you get as much buttermilk out of your butter as possible so that your butter keeps longer. At this point you can add salt if you like salted butter. Be sure to mix it well.
Here is my finished butter. I have not weighed in on my scale yet but It feels like almost 2 lbs of butter!