Life on the Frontier: Butter Churning

Woman demonstrating a butter churn at the San Jacnito Museum


ON AN ACTIVE CATTLE RANCH, like the McCormick's at San Jacinto, the family would have churned butter a couple of times a week. Once the cows were milked, the milk was left to settle so the cream could rise to the top. The cream was then skimmed off and added to a churn, where the constant motion produced butter by separating the yellow fat from the buttermilk.

Join us at our butter churning demonstration and make your own butter using both a dash churn and a shake jar. You’ll even get to take your butter home with you!

Age Range: Kids 5+; younger children are welcome but will need to have an adult to help.

Cost: Free with purchase of ticket to the San Jacinto Museum.