Benefits Of Ghee (& How To Make It)

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Pronounced with a hard “g” and a long “e”, ghee is a type of butter that is used in traditional Indian cooking. The butter is clarified, meaning the water and milk solids have been boiled off.

Ghee has a strong, almost nutty, taste that is definitely similar to that of typical butter, but with more of a rich taste and less of a creamy consistency.

I first heard of ghee when Lilavati recommended that I start using it in my cooking. Being the spiritual, ayurvedic goddess of a woman she is, I was immediately interested. And when healthnut/cooking guru FP Naomi told me she cooks with it as well, I was in.

You can use ghee the same way you’d use regular butter: in your cooking, on your morning toast… just remember that it isn’t any lower in fat, so be sure to use sparingly. :)

Homemade ghee

But why choose ghee over regular butter, you ask? Well…

1. Since it’s clarified, ghee is free of casein and other milk solids, making it a great choice to those who may be otherwise intolerant to butter.

2. In Ayurveda, ghee is considered the best form of oil. It’s thought to be beneficial to the entire body — it lubricates the connective tissues and promotes flexibility (great for yoga), treats different problems that stem from the Pitta dosha (like inflammation), strengthens the immune system, and helps increase memory and intelligence overall.

3. Ghee is an especially excellent option for those suffering from digestive issues such as ulcers or acid reflux. It helps increase the production of acid in the stomach, while also aiding in the absorption of nutrients.

4. When used for cooking, ghee offers up an incredible amount of flavor. It also has a higher smoke point than butter, so you can feel comfortable using it to cook at higher temperatures.

5. As long as it steers clear of water, ghee does not need to be refrigerated. You can store it in a covered glass container (like a mason jar), unrefrigerated, for up to 6 months — although if you put it in the refrigerator, it’ll stay fresh for twice as long! :)

Homemade ghee on english muffin

How to make ghee:

In making your own ghee, the most important thing is to use the highest quality butter you can find. Make sure it’s organic — and unsalted is best.

Sticks of butter

Melt a pound* of butter in a deep stainless steel pan on very low heat. High heat will burn the butter, and you don’t want that! You can use a double broiler, as well.

After the butter melts, continue to let it heat on low. Allow it to come to a rolling boil, and let it remain that way for about 30 minutes (making sure it does not begin to burn).

You will see the butter separate into 3 layers:

1. Foam (top)

2. Liquid (middle)

3. Milk solids (bottom)

Keep a close watch as the butter continues to boil. When the milk solids turn light brown, and the liquid becomes golden and translucent, your ghee is ready. You will also notice a rich, popcorn-like aroma in the air. Quickly remove from heat. Pour the liquid over a fine mesh strainer into a glass container. Discard what is caught in the strainer.

Homemade ghee liquid

Allow this to sit out for a few hours until it becomes solid. Then cover and store.

Homemade ghee, wooden cutting board

*1 pound of butter will yield about 1 1/2 cups of ghee.

Have you ever tried ghee? What do you think of it?

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Comments

Melissa -February 6, 2014, 8:19AM

I just used ghee to make my scrambled eggs. :-)
I make mine in my slow cooker, that way you can just put the butter in and not worry about it. Cook it on low for 6-8 hours and it’s then very easy to strain the solids from the golden deliciousness!

Becky Miller -February 6, 2014, 9:02AM

This looks incredible!! I had heard about ghee and have been wanting to try it but I had no idea you could make it at home. Great post!

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Preeti -February 6, 2014, 9:25AM

My mum always rubs ghee on her temples when she has a headache and swears it helps every time. Ghee’s lovely on hot indian breads!

Nandini -February 6, 2014, 9:37AM

Really cool! I love ghee…use it all the time when Im cooking indian. The aroma in the kitchen is so delicious afterwards. Also when you make chapatis, if you dab a bit on each side, it renders the chapati really soft.

Kari -February 6, 2014, 11:52AM

I use ghee for everything, i use it on my skin when it needs a bit of serious help and temples for headaches as well. i mix my ghee and coconut oil together so i have one jar with two whammies for cooking.

Flourish Design Co. -February 6, 2014, 4:17PM

Never heard of it! So cool!!

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Juliette Laura -February 6, 2014, 8:20PM

Oh wow! I had never heard of this. Seems like a simple switch, definitely worth trying!

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maria -February 6, 2014, 10:56PM

Recently, you can get a great quality ghee from Trader’s Joe.

Shivani -February 6, 2014, 11:36PM

i used to steer away from Ghee because of high fat content, but it is great if you have vatta dosha (gas, in layman’s terms). It is great for your digestive system. If used sparingly, it is a great addition to your diet. Unlike olive oil which goes bad once you heat it up, it stays good and it tastes soo yum.

Milka -February 7, 2014, 12:03AM

Wow, never heard of it, sounds interesting and delicious. That idea of using a slow cooker to make it seems really easy too. I can’t wait to try this.

Alex -February 7, 2014, 12:29AM

This looks so yummy, I have never heard of Ghee before. I love making different nut butters, so this looks like something I will have to be trying!

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Elizabeth -February 9, 2014, 5:53PM

Soo glad you posted this “how-to”! I’ve read about a lot of different way to make ghee and none have turned out too well. I will definitely be trying this!

TRACEY LAW -February 14, 2014, 3:50PM

Great recipe. I will be making my own from now on. xx

Noah Shaw -March 1, 2014, 8:57PM

I love ghee! My best friend growing up is Indian, so I would always eat at her house ( incase you didn’t know, home cooked Indian is the BEST food in the whole world) and her mom would put ghee in everything. She always said is was good for the skin and hair, and to try and eat a spoonful a day. Considering how delicious it is, it’s not hard!
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Amber -June 18, 2014, 10:27AM

My favorite use of ghee is in my coffee, yes coffee. I pour my cup of coffee (black) into the blender, add a spoonful of ghee and whip it up! It gives it the most amazing butterscotch taste that will keep you full all morning if you’re in a rush. Best of all no tummy aches after.

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