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Monday, January 8, 2018

How to save money by making Ghee

What is Ghee you ask? Why do I need Ghee in my life?  And where do you buy Ghee?  Or Can I save money by making Ghee myself?  We will answer all four questions here today and share our love of Ghee or Clarified Butter. 

make Clarified butter or ghee at home

 First of all, let's talk about what Ghee is.  We have just recently discovered this beautiful alternative to whole milk butter when we started on a healthier lifestyle with the Whole 30 plan.   Since dairy is not allowed on Whole 30 or Paleo Eating Plans, we needed to learn about Clarified Butter and Ghee.  

Clarified Butter is left after the milk solids and water are removed from butter and Ghee is clarified butter that is cooked a little longer until the milk fats are browned and it gives Ghee a rich nutty-like flavor.  

Both Ghee and Clarified Butter are delicious and are compliant with Whole 30 and Paleo Diet Plans.  And it's a process we can do at home with a saucepan, a spoon, and cheesecloth.  Or you can buy it on Amazon, Right Here

homemade ghee

To make clarified butter and Ghee, start by heating up a couple sticks of butter on medium-low heat in a small saucepan.  

making clarified butter

      As the butter heats, it will bubble and a foam will appear on top, skim this off.  The milk solids will sink to the bottom of the pan and the clear clarified butter will appear. 

save money by making ghee

Cover a small or medium bowl with cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band. 

where to buy clarified butter

Pour Ghee into the cheesecloth covered bowl, stopping before getting to the milk fats on the bottom. 

make clarified butter at home

Pour the Ghee into a covered container or a small mason jar. We prefer these clear airtight containers from Rubbermaid because it's easier to serve the ghee since the opening is bigger and they are airtight.    

Reasons to Replace Butter with Ghee or Clarified Butter:

1. Ghee or Clarified Butter is a way for those that are sensitive to milk to add butter to their diet. (It's a good idea to check with your doctor if you have an intolerance to milk before trying Ghee)

2.  The smoking point of butter is about 350 degrees F and the smoking point of Ghee is 450 degrees F so Ghee is great for sauteing or frying foods. 

3.   Whole 30 or Paleo Diets allow Ghee but do not allow butter in their diet plans.  We have been very successful with our Whole30 diet so for more information on the Whole 30 Diet check out these books.
           The Whole30 Cookbook
           The Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook (NEW) 

How to Make Clarified Butter or Ghee

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, (1 cup)
1. Heat the butter on medium-low heat in a small saucepan until it starts to bubble.
2. As the whey comes to the top, skim off with a spoon (discard the whey)
3. a. When the milk fats sink to the bottom, remove from heat for clarified butter
b. For Ghee continue to cook until the milk fats turn a golden brown
4. Cover a small or medium mixing bowl with cheesecloth
5. Slowly and carefully pour butter into the bowl allowing the cheesecloth to strain out the milk fats. Stop pouring when you get to the milkfats and discard the milkfats.
6. Pour into a covered container or a small mason jar and allow to cool
7. Store at room temperature or in refrigerator
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There are times when we just do not have time to make ghee but we wish to continue to enjoy the awesome flavor of Ghee so we jump online and purchase it.   It's great in a pinch until we have time to make Ghee.  

Here is where to buy different brands and sizes of Ghee:

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