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It is not difficult to make butter at home, but a lot of cream is needed, so butter-making is not an economy, even if you have your own cow or goat. The cream from 2½-3 gallons (10–15 litres) of milk is needed to make 1lb/450g butter. Butter-making complements cheese-making, as the skim milk and buttermilk left when the cream has been skimmed off can be used for cheeses. Few people will want to make large quantities of butter and will not need to separate their own cream, or buy equipment. It is however perfectly possible to make small quantities of butter for domestic use, with an electric mixer or blender.

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