Make it with Thermomix: Butter

I make butter regularly using instructions found on page 12 of the Australian Thermomix Cookbook: Everyday Cooking… for Every Family.  (I recommend asking your Thermomix consultant to order this very useful book.) But — many readers of this blog don’t yet own a Thermomix and are researching the machine’s potential before purchasing one. For this reason I’m including the book’s recipe here  — and also for those who simply do not have access to this book.
If you haven’t already tried it, making your own butter with Thermomix is ridiculously easy and fast. And this home-made butter recipe allows for you to make healthier unsalted butter for your family. Once the basic butter is made you can blend it with healthier oils and flavours to suit your family’s needs and tastes. Try it — you’ll love it!

Thermomix (Unsalted) Butter — Easy and fast!

500 – 600 g. (17.6 – 21.2 oz) chilled fresh  cream (I use ‘whipping cream’ with 33% fat content)
500 g. (17.6 oz) cold water


  • Place butterfly into Thermomix.
  • Add cream and blend for 1-3 minutes on speed 4 to separate (You will know when it has separated because the Thermomix will start to ‘thump’ a bit as the milk solids slap around inside.)
  • Once separated, strain the buttermilk and remove the butterfly. (see below for a tip about using buttermilk)
  • Add the cold water to bowl and mix for 5-10 seconds on speed 4.
  • Strain liquid again through the basket and you are left with butter!
  • At this point, further blending with additional healthy Omega-rich oils will add a golden colour and will keep it softer in the fridge — not to mention the nutritional advantages.
  • Keeps for about two weeks in the fridge because home-made butter contains to additives or preservatives.

about using buttermilk: Don’t discard your buttermilk! There are many ways to use it. Thermomix consultant Mara from Chile uses buttermilk for baking, but there are even more interesting ideas for how to use leftover buttermilk.
See more inspiring ideas for using buttermilk here >

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See 42 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

  1. Thermomixer December 27, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    Thanks TMB Helene – great work

  2. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Glad you like it Thermomixer and thanks for taking the time to drop by for a visit!

  3. A Canadian Foodie January 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    Great work again. Excellent!!!!! Thank you, Helene!

  4. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 5, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    Thanks Valerie — Butter is such an easy and gratifying thing to do with Bimby. I just get such a kick from having the ability to do this whenever it is needed and without having to set aside time. (No more going to the store because we ran out of butter…) It’s just silly how easy it is, isn’t it?

  5. Bernadine & John May 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    We made butter for the first time on the weekend! My husband, a butcher, took 100g lots, rolled it into a 10cm by 3cm roll on a small piece of baking paper and then rolled THAT up into some gladwrap, twisting the ends up tight. Then it looks like a long, big, bon-bon. (See it here.) Freeze or keep in fridge. Then, when you are serving the butter, you have groovy little disks on the plate. ALSO – a disk of flavoured butter (herb, garlic, parmesan etc) can be slipped under chicken skin when cooking to make easy basting.

  6. ThermomixBlogger Helene May 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    What fun — this comment is sure to tempt others into playing more with Thermomix and butter-making. Cheers to you Thermomix fans in Adelaide!

  7. lily June 29, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Cooking with Thermomix certainly add spice to one’s life. Its my darling toy. Thanks for the recipe on Butter, will certainly try it out.

  8. ThermomixBlogger Helene June 29, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Lily: You will enjoy making butter with Thermomix because it is SO EASY! Thanks for visiting — you are now entered to win the big bag prize. Good luck ;)

  9. Mara July 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Also, when making your own butter with your thermomix you can save the buttermilk to make cupcakes and stuff. I do it, I just adooooore saving money and it’s so easy with your thermomix, practically no waste at all.

  10. ThermomixBlogger Helene July 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks Mara — for reminding us about this! (I had forgotten to mention about the usefullness of buttermilk that has been reserved when making butter with Thermomix.) I’ve now added a link at the bottom of the recipe that points to some interesting ways for using buttermilk.

  11. Mara July 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m really glad that I pointed it out, then.

  12. Ann-Maree August 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Can you tell me how much butter the recipe yields? Probably silly but that’s the main reason I haven’t tried the recipe yet!

  13. Ann-Maree August 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Oh and the second lot of water – is that also buttermilk? or is that discarded?

  14. ThermomixBlogger Helene September 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi Ann-Maree: Great questions and I was surprised to realize that I’d forgotten to make note of the yield here. I can’t remember but I would guess it’s about 400-450 g. (I’ll weigh my next batch and let you know but I don’t have cream in the house today so can’t do it right now.) Also, I do discard the second lot of water, yes. Once you try it you will see for yourself that it is clearly more of a ‘water’ than a ‘milk’. I would also encourage you to read the helpful tips about making butter on the Thermomix forum. Making your own butter is terribly easy. I too was a bit shy to try it at first, and was shocked at how easy and fun it was. :)

  15. Ann-Maree October 30, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Helene, thanks to your advice I was brave enough to get “in the mix” and make butter!! First time was a special treat for Father’s Day (first Sunday of September here in Oz) but since then I’ve made it many more times. Thank you SO much.

  16. ThermomixBlogger Helene October 30, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Yay for you Ann-Maree! I remember the feeling of the very first time I made butter in Thermomix… truly “empowering” isn’t it? I’m currently working on some non-dairy “butter” recipes as there are many people out there who can’t tolerate dairy and I KNOW they’ll be thrilled to make creamy alternatives easily at home. Hope to blog about these very soon ;)

  17. Regine lim November 20, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Thermomix really help me a lot. Although I haven make my own butter, but confirm I’ll do it once free. Others than dat,Thermomix can do a lot a lot of healthy food. I found that once I use Thermomix, the food that I cook each time, I feel satisfy n really cherish the food that I cook.

  18. ThermomixBlogger Helene November 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Hello Regine — I like what you said about feeling satisfied and gratified and “cherishing” the food you cook. I think this a sentiment we all share — thank you for these lovely words!

  19. Twoxthefun September 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi ladies, thanks so much for the recipe it turned out perfect. I have recently purchased a cheapie thermo version to make sure I was going to use this type of machine before I could justify spending $2000 on a thermo……. I am totally converted, now I can’t wait for my cheapie to blow up.

  20. chubbychops November 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I am new to the thermie world, but have made butter a number of times now. I can highly recommend Teninas flavoured butters in her book “For Foods Sake”. of course it is so easy to make your own up and keeps very well as a log in the freezer. Highly recommend, especially when creams on special, bargain butter :-)

  21. Nell44 January 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi, I am a newby with my machine and wanted to make the table butter. When is the oil added and how much to make a spreadable consistency?

  22. ThermomixBlogger Helene January 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Hi Nell44 — this is really a matter of personal preferance. After you have a solid mass of butter you can blend this with the oil of your choice to make it more spreadable. Choose the oil you like best (could be anything from flax oil to olive oil) and start by blending in about 50 – 100 ml., see how you like it once it has cooled and set in the fridge. Next time, just modify the oil quantity according to your family’s preference.

  23. Laura December 11, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Hi everybody,

    I have just bought a new thermomix TM 31 tonight. There is something I don’t really understand from your previous comments. Why should be such a revolution making butter out of cream? For me it is just much easier running our of cream than running out of butter (I never have fresh cream at home). Moreover, butter last much longer than cream, so is easier to have butter at home than cream. Besides cream is not milk. It is a product which has been processed already. What is the advantage of buying a product which has already been processed and process it again to make something new? Where is the revolution? I don’t get it. Sorry. Laura

  24. ThermomixBlogger Helene December 13, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Laura: Congrats on buying a new Thermomix and thanks for taking time to express your confusion around this issue. I think for some of us, we get excited at the process of making our own ingredients. But some of us will make more and others will make less. Not everyone with a Thermomix makes their own butter, so if that concept is not a good fit for you don’t worry, just go on to try other recipes and ideas.

    Also, one of the reasons butter lasts longer than cream as you say, is because the butter often has salt as a preservative, colour and even sometimes stabilizers added. I for one only use unsalted butter which costs about $5/450g here. At that price it’s cheaper to make my own. It sounds like making your own butter may not be satisfying for your household but I trust you’ll find other recipes to make and enjoy with Thermomix. Keep on mixing :)

  25. Althea May 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Please can you tell me why my butter (organic cream) is not separating after 15 mins on speed 4 with the butterfly?
    Thank you

  26. ThermomixBlogger Helene May 14, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Hi Althea –Sorry to say I don’t have an answer for your question … maybe someone with more experience can comment to help with this?

  27. Tim Fulford October 16, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    There is a typo……………..Keeps for about two weeks in the fridge because home-made butter contains to additives or preservatives.

    I gues you mean that it only keeps for about two weeks because it doesn’t contain any additives etc..

  28. Cate April 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    wow this recipe is brilliant and really helped! thaknyou


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