For the past year, I have been purchasing Ghee from the local natural food store. What is Ghee? It is a type of clarified butter that is made by simmering butter from grass-fed cows so that the water and dairy solids (like casein and lactose) are almost entirely removed. Some say that this is acceptable for the Paleo Diet, and other’s disagree. Being that I am lactose intolerant and am gradually transitioning to the Paleo Diet…I do like using the clarified butter for sautéing and stir frying due to it’s high smoke point. Also, since I am eating more scrabbled and fried eggs nowadays, I do opt for using the clarified butter in the skillet. I have learned that this is something that I can rather easily make at home. I just made my first clarified butter a couple days ago AND it only took around 15 minutes to do from start to finish! All that I needed was two sticks of grass-fed unsalted butter, a skillet or saucepan, mesh strainer, cheese cloth, and a sealable heat safe container.
Here are the steps I took:
1. Melt the sticks of butter in the skillet/saucepan on low heat
2. Bubbling will begin and you’ll start noticing a light foam forming on the surface which are the dairy solids
3. The solids will begin to darken (this was around 7 minutes after the bubbling began for mine)
4. Once the dairy solids turn a golden brown, it is time to remove from the heat
5. It is time to strain the butter. You should have your cheese cloth folded inside your mesh strainer and placed over your heat safe container (I used a mason jar)
That is it! You now have a homemade container of clarified butter. I store mine in the refrigerator just to be safe; I got this from my mom whom stores peanut butter, flour, sugar, etc. in her refrigerator.