Making Butter From Powdered Milk

by Merissa on February 10, 2011

in Recipes

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One of my readers recently posted on the Little House on the Prairie Living Facebook Page that she was making homemade butter from powdered milk. I thought this was a fantastic idea and I asked if she would share what she did with the rest of us. I haven't tried this recipe yet but I will have to give it a go this week! Thanks Gwen for the post!

So the other morning I woke up thinking...if you can make butter from milk, why can't I make butter from powered milk?  Well, most powdered milk is non fat, so it makes it harder.  Then I discovered a full fat milk NIDO by Nestle...but I did not have any on hand and I wanted to make butter without going to the store!


The recipe. 3/4 c. powdered milk, 1/3 c. water, 1/4 c. oil(coconut, olive, sunflower, ect). You can also add yellow food coloring, salt, and butter flavoring if you want it.

Picture of the ingredients.

Add the powdered milk to your food processor.

Add the water and then the oil.

Blend for a few minutes. Check and see if it's starting to thicken. Keep blending until its starts getting thick, checking every 3 minutes or so.

After a few minutes it should look like this. A fairly thick, margarine look.

Thee steps are optional, add in butter flavoring...

And yellow food coloring if you want. You would also add salt at this point.

Looks, smells, and tastes like butter. Yum!

This recipe will make about 3/4 cup of "butter".

Thanks for sharing this recipe with us Gwen! I'm excited to try it this week! This reminded me of when I make spreadable butter. I use homemade butter and then whip in light olive oil so it stays in a spreadable condition even when I put it in the fridge.

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1 Melissa February 10, 2011 at 9:54 am

I am SO going to try this today!! Thanks for posting!

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2 Mel Free February 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

This seems to be a solution for that “fake” butter stuff that you buy?..I’ll bet it tastes a whole lot better & it has to be better for you!?…Thanks…I would have never thought of doing this!!!

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3 Merissa February 11, 2011 at 8:43 am

Yes, I’m thinking this would taste like margarine but much better for you! No hydrogenated oils!

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4 Linda April 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I tried this twice; and each time it tasted awful, as well as a tough texture. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. I used Non-Fat dry milk from the LdS cannery, and olive oil. Any ideas?

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5 Mary July 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

I had the same results as Linda. It was awful. I would not try this again. It never thickened much and the taste was just terrible.

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6 Ivy August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

If it doesn’t get thick then try blending it on a slower speed for either longer or not as long,remember not all blenders are the same, and if it doesn’t taste as well as you were hoping try adding more or less of the salt and butter flavoring.

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7 Liz October 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I noticed that there are two recipes for this. Is it 1/4 c powdered milk and 3/4 c oil or is it 3/4 c powdered milk and 1/4 c oil? I would love to try it, but coconut oil is very expensive and I don’t want to have to throw it away.

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8 Crystal January 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

This idea looks awesome! have you tried it with the NIDO? I wish I could make fresh butter :( working on getting the land. Right now we are living in a rv so a cow is not really an option lol. I would love to know if you tried the Nido if that works I will invest in a blender/food processor :)

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9 Gwen September 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Hi, I have tried it several times and it always turns out…I did try with the NIDO and it was still good…not like butter from the cow (we have made it that way too). But in a…I don’t want to go to the store and want butter kinda way. Or the world is coming to an end and I need butter!!! Hope you do try it again and tweek it for you. If coconut oil is too expensive, start with vegetable oil. I buy my coconut oil in 5 gallon buckets, so it is way cheaper! And it is the only oil I use…just use what is right for you!

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10 claudia December 31, 2012 at 10:12 am

where do you gget coconut oil in a 5 gallon bucket? What is the cost?

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11 Merissa December 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

I know you can purchase it from Tropical Traditions in the 5 gallon bucket here: http://tinyurl.com/c36328r

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12 Wendy December 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

What’s wrong with just using real butter?

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13 Merissa December 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

Nothing! This is just a way to make a substitute if you would absolutely have to.

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14 Laurie March 10, 2014 at 9:06 am

Have you tried this on toast…..
I’m wondering if the water content of the recipe will turn the toast soggy ? This is a problem I find with some of the commercial margarines (especially the one that claims to taste like real butter)
Thank you

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15 Marianne April 22, 2014 at 9:24 am

I was just wondering if the butter flavoring available today is the same that was linked to cancer several years ago? I don’t recall if that was taken off the market or not. Can’t remember what exactly the chemical is called,but I think it was identified after many incidences of cancer showed up in people that came into contact with it at popcorn packaging factories.

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16 Tanya May 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Butter flavoring (like in the picture) and the stuff they flavor popcorn with are 2 different things. Plus those workers were exposed to massive amounts of the stuff. You can usually find this kind in the spice aisle or Wilton makes a butter flavoring that they sell with cake making supplies.

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17 Susan June 30, 2014 at 8:42 pm

How much salt do you use? Teaspoon? Tablespoon?

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18 Laurie July 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Do you think this would work with canned milk ? instead of the powder

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19 Gary October 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I just tried this recipe for making butter and it sure is yummy.I live in the Philippines and it is very hard to find cream ,that is why I tried this recipe .

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20 Teri Melton October 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

This is something I have never heard of before, and find fascinating. I will indeed try it. I foresee many experiments to come with cooking with it.

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