The Dutch have a droll expression for sudden unexpected good fortune. “You really fell with your nose in the butter!” they’ll exclaim. Perhaps the same sentiment should be applied to the sheer delight of owning a hand-powered butter churn like this one from Churncraft.

 Winner of a prestigious Red Dot Award for product design, this sturdy glass churn has all the curves and control you’ll need to make your next butter-making endeavor a breeze.The graceful arm and polished wooden handle rotate with ase, allowing the paddle inside the heavy glass jar to whirl quickly and thicken the cream within.

The churn’s svelte form also provides ample handholds to help keep the jar in place as you churn, allowing you to maintain a steady rhythm through the first miraculous appearance of whipped cream and on the even more rarefied realms where fat compressed in the cream binds into dense and delightful little butter clusters.

At that point, you just open up the churn, remove your clustered butter-fodder and, using either a wooden spoon or the handy wooden paddles provided, press the rich mass through a colander. This will separate the butter from the protein-rich liquid which you can either culture into buttermilk, or use to enhance any number of baked recipes.


Fresh-churned buttermilk ls also more sweet and less acidic than the store-bought variety, and has a thinner consistency. The quality of both your butter and buttermilk will also depend largely upon the quality of your cream, so its always important to source out the best local and organic dairy products you can afford.