Whether you’re vegetarian or not, it’s worth knowing how to make ghee from butter as ghee is known for its amazing health benefits!
When making ghee from butter, you are simply heating butter enough so that the milk solids and possible impurities settle to the bottom, while the water in the butter is boiled off.
You are left with a delicious pure oil that is ideal for cooking.
How to Make Ghee From Butter
There is one ingredient needed for making ghee and a couple of ordinary kitchen utensils.
- One to two pounds grass fed, organic unsalted butter. (regular unsalted butter will do, even salted butter can work if you just want to try but salted butter is harder to do and not as good a final product)
- Medium saucepan.
- Spoon for stirring.
- Fine sieve and/or cheesecloth
- Glass container with tight lid
Melt the Butter
Place your butter in the pan and melt at medium heat. If you want to can cut up the butter into smaller pieces to hasten this process.
Turn Down Heat and Remove Foam
A foam with rise to the top.
At this point turn your heat down to medium low. You can scoop up some of these bubbles with a a strainer spoon if you wish to see the liquid better.
The bubbles will get bigger and bigger.
Scrape Off Any Solids
Other solids will sink to the bottom and some will collect on the sides. You can very gently scrape these off the sides and bottom so they are less likely to burn.
Watch Carefully to Avoid Burning
At a certain point the bubbles will slow down. This is close to finished.
When the water is boiled off the oil will start to heat up rapidly and you have to be careful not to burn it.
The signs your ghee is nearly finished:
- The butter becomes a clear golden yellow liquid (ghee).
- The milk solids separate and settle in the bottom of the pan, and are light brown in color. If you are too dark, you have cooked to much.
- Smaller different kinds of bubble starts to appear at the bottom.
See the smaller bubbles?
Let the Ghee Cool
Let the mixture cool down for 20 minutes and then run through a double layer of cheesecloth.
Seal Jar When Your Ghee Cools
Let the ghee cool down completely before sealing the lid.
This container is glass so must be kept in the dark. An opaque container with a good lid is also good.
Learning how to make ghee from butter is a great skill to have in your toolkit. Ghee has a shelf life far longer than butter and is stable at room temperature so can be kept out on the shelf. A number of people even take it with them when they travel as it does not need refrigeration.
Making ghee has become a standard event in our household. How about you?