Ghee is Indian clarified butter. It is a saturated fat and consider to be safe for cooking in Ayurveda as it does not oxidize like vegetable oils under heat. It is much better than butter as many of the milk solids have been cooked out of the butter when making Ghee. Ayurveda believes that Ghee cleans the digestive organs such as the liver and pancreas when used in small amounts daily. It is considered to be a rejuvenator of the brain, nervous system and reproductive system in Ayurveda. The over use of Ghee will cause the same problems as over using butter.
– Put a piece of unsalted organic butter in a small saucepan and melt the butter over a medium flame
– As soon as it is melted reduce the heat to low. The butter will foam on top which is good and normal. Stir it to keep it from burning.
– After about 10-15 minutes the foam will disappear and take the shape of small white balls or flakes that will slowly sink. This is good; stir occasionally so that the butter does not burn.
– Up until now the butter will have been a clear or light yellow color. Now the color will become darker and it will begin to smell roasted and it will begin to make a crackling sound. Be very careful now as it can burn. It is important at this point to keep it cooking as the tendency is to not cook it enough. If it starts to turn brown remove immediately from the heat.
– Before it burns remove it from the flame and let it cool, and let the solids sink to the bottom. After 10 to 15 minutes’ strain it through a metal strainer into a glass jar that has a lid that closes well. Throw away the solids that you have strained off. If ghee is cooked long enough it keeps indefinitely without refrigeration. You can put it in the fridge to help it set up faster if you wish. If it begins to mold after ten days or two weeks you did not cook it long enough.
Ghee should not be kept in refrigerator.
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