Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Turning Butter Into Ghee

I've been spending more time in the kitchen in the weeks of Mr D's recovery from surgery and have been trying recipes that were in my favorites list. One of these was making ghee from butter in a crock pot - so, so easy!

Why ghee? One..it cooks out the milk that's left in butter. Two...it stores well for a long time. Three...it makes everything taste delicious. It can be done with no work at all other than watching it turn from butter into ghee - you can watch the process for 6-8 hours or you can forget about it until the sixth hour and keep an eye on it til it's finished.

Any butter can be used: however, the closer to organic the better! I bought mine at a local Amish store in a two-three pound roll. I placed it in the crock pot at 8:00 and by 2:00 it was turned into this lovely clear, gold liquid.
 Warning: it's very hot at this stage. Pour it through either a cloth or a coffee strainer that doesn't need a coffee filter into a container. I used recycled glass jars.
 This is what is cooked and strained out of the ghee. The butter was salted which made this very salty but it can be used to add flavor to rice, etc...just do it before adding other salts.
 It looks like this after it's refrigerated. It stays there until I need a fresh container then I let it sit on the counter where it softens again. This gives popcorn a new dimension of flavor!

11 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well for heaven's sake I have never even heard of this. How extraordinary!

Thanks for this knowledge, Esther!

Sure hope your husband is healing well and feeling g reat soon. Blessings be yours!

Anonymous said...

I never heard of it either, and look forward to trying it. Do you
still use the ghee as butter then?

Miriam Remington said...

Hi Esther
This non Amish/non Mennonite girl has no idea what "Ghee" is and why you would go through this process to make it. What makes it any different from Butter? I love learning new things. So please do tell.

Wendy W. said...

Hi, I love ghee and use it in my cooking. It's great for those with lactose problems- the lactose is gone. Indian cooking uses a lot of ghee.

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