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Churncraft: The Classic Butter Churn Updated

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Churncraft: The Classic Butter Churn Updated

May 31, 2019

Not long ago I went to a dinner party where one of the guests brought a ramekin of lovely hand-churned butter as an offering (she made it the low-tech way: filling a mason jar with heavy cream and shaking it). So I was interested to discover Churncraft, an updated take on the classic butter churn from an entrepreneurial Connecticut family. “Using a butter churn is a dynamic social activity that brings people together in the kitchen,” the Freys say. “Go back to basics, unplug, and do it yourself.

“The churn represents our American heritage and a deep commitment to the future of food. We wanted to build a bridge from the past to the future, so integrity of design was essential—compelling shapes, solid engineering and honest materials.”

Made by hand in a Connecticut workshop, the churn has a cast metal frame from Canada, stainless steel shafts and a shaft collar machined in Connecticut, bronze bushings, a wooden handle milled in Maine, and precision gears imported from Germany.

N.B.: The Churncraft won a prestigious Red Dot award for product design in 2017.

The painstakingly assembled Churncraft is $240.
Above: The painstakingly assembled Churncraft is $240.
A set of two Butter Paddles is $10; butter paddles are used for extracting the last bits of moisture from your newly churned butter.
Above: A set of two Butter Paddles is $10; butter paddles are used for extracting the last bits of moisture from your newly churned butter.
Small Butter Ramekins, made in France, are $10 each.
Above: Small Butter Ramekins, made in France, are $10 each.

For more low-tech kitchen ideas, see:

Chef David Tanis’s Low-Tech, Economical, and Beautifully Soulful Kitchen in the East Village

10 Easy Pieces: Editors’ Essential Low-Tech Kitchen Tools

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