I used to always buy my ghee in a jar either online or from the store. After paying upwards of $13.00 for just a mere 12 ounces: I thought, why don’t I make ghee myself? I was shocked at how easy it is to make this superfood and how much money you can save by just making it at home!
What is Ghee?
Ghee is essentially clarified butter, which means that the water in the butter and milk solids are removed. What is left is unadulterated butter fat (yum!). According to about.com, the word for “fat” in Hindi is ghee. Ghee is used widely in Indian cooking and is known for its hint of a “nutty” flavor. Unlike regular butter, ghee can be stored at room temperature for months on end!
The amazing thing about ghee is that it transforms butter to cook at a higher cooking temperature. Normally, butter with burn past 350 degrees F. However, ghee has a smoking point around 450 degrees F which lends itself well for cooking certain dishes as stir-fry or pan frying vegetables.
Since the milk solids are being removed from the butter by way of making ghee, it’s been said that those with milk or dairy allergies can enjoy ghee in their cooking! The process of removing the milk proteins makes ghee easier on your digestive system; which makes me say, “Pass the ghee, please!”
Ghee is also amazing for your health. When ghee is made from grass-fed butter it is a deep yellow color bursting with nutrients that are good for your body! When used in conjunction with Cod Liver Oil (a topic that will warrant a post all its own in the near future – where to buy CLO), the benefits to your health are invaluable. The Weston A. Foundation says:
Dr. Price always gave cod liver oil along with high-vitamin butter oil, extracted by centrifuge from good quality spring or fall butter. He found that cod liver oil on its own was relatively ineffective but combined with high vitamin butter oil produced excellent results. The butter oil contains what he called Activator X, now considered to be vitamin K2, which works synergistically with vitamins A and D [found in Cod Liver Oil]… Your diet should include sources of vitamin K, such as good quality butter from grass-fed cows and/or high-vitamin butter oil, fat from grass-fed animals, cheeses from grass-fed animals and duck or goose liver, along with cod liver oil.
This stuff is Grade-A Awesome for you…so let’s get to making it or buy some here!
Ghee Made Easy (How To Make Ghee)
grass-fed butter (unsalted)
coffee filter or paper towels
1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
2. Once the butter is melted, simmer gently until “white foam” forms on the top and little “white bits” start to form on the bottom of the pan (the milk solids). Simmer until the bits on the bottom of the pan turn a golden brown, about 10 to 30 minutes. You may have to skim the foam back eventually to see if the bits have browned; be careful not to burn them!
3. Next, put a filter or paper towel in a funnel. Strain the ghee into a glass container.
4. Store in the fridge or on the counter for months, use in anything you want or take with Cod Liver Oil!