Get the scoop on Amish butter! Amish roll butter is a delicious high butterfat butter sold in one-to-two-pound rolls or logs. It’s naturally keto, low carb, vegetarian, and gluten free. You’ll love Amish style butter for baking, putting on popcorn or toast, and anywhere else you’d use butter. Learn where to buy Amish country roll butter, and get a recipe for making your own butter too!
Is Amish butter real? You’ve probably seen those intriguing Amish butter rolls in supermarkets, wrapped in parchment or waxed paper. They appear to be an old fashioned product, lovingly made by hand.
The truth though, is that most Amish butter you’ll find in grocery stores is not product of the Amish community. It wasn’t produced on dairy farms run by Amish farmers, with Amish churning butter to make it.
- ❓ What is the difference between Amish butter and regular butter?
- 🧈 Amish Butter Brands
- 📋 Amish Butter Nutrition Info
- ⭐ Amish Butter Benefits
- 🥘 Amish Butter Ingredients
- 🔪 How to Make Amish Butter
- 🌡️ How long does Amish butter last?
- 📏 How Measure Amish Butter
- 💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- 👩🏻🍳 How to Use Amish Butter
- The Disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
❓ What is the difference between Amish butter and regular butter?
Instead of being made by Amish, the difference between Amish butter and regular butter is the shape it’s sold in. Regular butter is often sold in ¼-lb sticks. Amish-style butter is often a hand rolled butter, sold in a big log shape.
Another difference between Amish country butter and American-style butter is the percent butterfat. American butter is at least 80% butterfat. European style butter (such as Kerrygold) is churned longer to achieve 82-85% butterfat. Amish butter may contain 84-85% butterfat.
In other words, Amish butter is more like European butter than typical American butter due to the butterfat content. However, I noticed it’s easier to find cultured European butter than cultured Amish butter.
🧈 Amish Butter Brands
Here are a few of the many brands of Amish butter you may find in stores and online:
- Minerva Butter (from Minerva Dairy)
- Culinary Tours Amish Roll Butter
- Alcam Creamery Amish Country Hand Rolled Butter
- Amish Country Roll Butter
- Pearl Valley Cheese Amish Country Roll Butter
- Heritage Ridge Creamery Butter (company started by an Amish man in 1979)
- Wilson’s Cheese Shoppe Old Fashioned Amish Butter Roll
- Pinconning Cheese Co. Amish Butter Roll
You can also find salted roll butter that is not called “Amish-style;” Kroger store brand carries one. Farmhouse Kitchens Cooperative hand rolled butter is another. There are also Lescure butter rolls from France and TekSut rolled butter from Turkey.
📋 Amish Butter Nutrition Info
One tablespoon of Amish butter provides 100 calories, 0 grams of net carbs, and 0 grams of protein. Pretty much all of the calories in butter come from fat.
⭐ Amish Butter Benefits
What are the benefits of Amish butter? Here are a few advantages:
- Keto friendly: If you’re on a very low carb diet, butter is compatible. While I don’t agree that putting gobs of butter in coffee is great for health, Amish butter does add a lot of richness and flavor to food.
- Gluten free: If you’re on a GF diet due to celiac disease or NCGS, butter is safe for you. Butter is a naturally gluten-free food.
- Natural: If you’re moving away from ultra-processed foods and towards more minimally processed options, butter is a good fit. Unlike highly processed canola or soy oil, you can easily make butter at home. (Don’t miss my tutorial on how to make your own butter below!)
- Delicious: Some think Amish butter tastes different because of its higher butterfat content. I agree that Amish butter is a little tastier than the regular stuff. It’s very creamy with a more complex flavor.
🥘 Amish Butter Ingredients
What is in Amish butter? Amish butter in stores is typically made with only two ingredients:
- Pasteurized cream
Check the label of the product you’re getting for the most accurate ingredients list. To make butter, we’ll use heavy cream and salt.
Authentic Amish butter may not be entirely pastured or grass fed. That is because the diet of the dairy cows may have been supplemented with grains.
Why is Amish butter so yellow?
Some Amish butter is a deep yellow in color, while other brands may be lighter. The color of the butter usually depends on the feed of the cows who produced the milk.
Beta carotene in the diet of grass-fed cows may result in a deep yellow butter. The yellow color of the butter can also be attributed to the higher concentration of butterfat compared to milk.
🔪 How to Make Amish Butter
The goal of butter making is to form solid butter out of liquid cream, separating the buttermilk. If you have an old-fashioned butter churn, that is certainly one way to get the job done! Another no-appliance method is shaking heavy cream in a glass mason jar until it separates into butter and buttermilk.
You can make butter with an immersion blender, but it is hard on the hands and takes about 10 minutes. Plus, as the cream turns into butter, it begins to stick to the immersion blender blade. You have to keep scraping it off before you continue blending.
IMVHO, the best way to make butter is in a small food processor, such as a mini chopper. The chopper I used had a capacity of 1.5 cups.
With a large food processor, you may have to stop it and scrape down the sides often. Using my small chopper, I usually only have to scrape down sticking ingredients once or twice.
In a food processor, the heavy cream (and salt) will turn into whipped cream after only a couple of minutes. Keep blending until the buttermilk separates from the butter. The entire process takes 5 minutes or less.
Next, lift the butter out of the buttermilk. The buttermilk left in the processor can be used in other recipes. (Don’t throw it out- it's so tasty!)
Collect the butter into a ball and put it in a bowl of cold water. Squeeze out the rest of the buttermilk.
Take the butter out and change the water out in the bowl. Add the butter back to the bowl, and squeeze it again. Repeat with another change of water if needed.
How to Mold Butter
After making the butter, you can hand roll it into an irregular log shape for your own Amish butter roll. Alternatively, you can shape the butter by packing it into molds.
Silicone molds, candy molds, or ice cube trays all work. Freeze the molds after packing in the butter. The butter is easiest to remove from the mold when frozen.
🌡️ How long does Amish butter last?
Wondering how to store Amish butter and how to freeze Amish butter? Amish butter must be refrigerated or frozen, just like regular butter.
Amish butter can be kept, wrapped in its original packaging, for about one month in the fridge. To freeze Amish butter, place it in a freezer bag with the air pressed out. You can keep Amish butter frozen for up to one year.
Homemade butter will not last as long in the fridge as store-bought. If you make your own butter, you can keep it for 1-3 weeks in the fridge. The more buttermilk that has been removed, the longer it will last in the refrigerator.
📏 How Measure Amish Butter
There are no one tablespoon increment marks on the Amish butter packaging, like there is with stick butter. To measure Amish butter, you can weigh it (14 grams equals one tablespoon), or use measuring spoons.
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Amish butter is extremely delicious, but it counts as an added fat. One mistake I made when first trying to lose weight was adding an excessive amount of added fat to my foods.
Butter actually contains fewer calories than olive oil (100 calories versus 120 calories per tablespoon, thanks to dairy solids). However, it still adds up quickly if you generously slather it on everything or add copious amounts to your coffee.
If your aim is fat loss, I generally recommend trying to get most of your fat intake from whole food sources. Added fats (including butter) are extremely energy-dense and easy (for some) to overeat. Limiting foods high in saturated fat, such as butter, may also help those who are trying to lower their blood cholesterol levels.
If you live in Amish country, just Google “Amish store near me” to find authentic Amish butter. You may also be able to get Amish butter at a Farmer’s market. (Pick up some delicious Amish peanut butter while you’re at it!) You can also (sometimes) find Amish butter roll at Costco, Publix, Super Walmart, and Whole Foods.
My favorite place to get Amish butter rolls online is Amazon. You can find some options here and here. Please note that Amish butter tends to command a higher price since it is an artisanal product. You will most likely save money purchasing it locally (if you can find it) instead of on the web.
Amish butter can be used in anything you’d use regular butter for. It’s great for baking, and you can make Amish butter spreadable by letting it soften at room temp for a short time. Get some ideas for using Amish butter in the next section.
Amish butter is very similar nutritionally to stick butter. Like regular stick butter, Amish roll butter is an added fat that is high in saturated fat. Butter can absolutely be part of an overall healthy diet. However, butter is not the best choice if you’re looking to improve your cholesterol levels by decreasing saturated fat intake.
Yes, you can get unsalted Amish butter, as well as salted varieties. Pearl Valley Amish butter, for example, offers both options. You may not be able to find Amish butter without salt at the stores where you shop, in which case you can buy online.
👩🏻🍳 How to Use Amish Butter
Looking for recipes using butter? You can use Amish butter in any recipe that uses regular butter. Here are some ideas:
- Kodiak Cake Cookies
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
- Put it on Pancakes or Air Fryer Frozen Waffles
- Make Amish butter Cheese Sauce
All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats no sugar post. Let's get cooking!
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- In a small food processor, blend the heavy cream and salt into whipped cream. This happens after only a couple of minutes. Keep blending until the buttermilk separates from the butter. The entire process takes 5 minutes or less.
- Next, lift the butter out of the buttermilk. The buttermilk left in the processor can be used in other recipes.
- Collect the butter into a ball and put it in a bowl of cold water. Squeeze out the rest of the buttermilk. Take the butter out and change the water out in the bowl. Add the butter back to the bowl, and squeeze it again. Repeat with another change of water if needed.
- After making the butter, you can hand roll it into an irregular log shape for your own Amish butter roll. Wrap it in parchment paper or waxed paper, and store it in the fridge.