This Homemade Ghee is a cost effective and surprisingly easy way to always have this Paleo staple in your kitchen. Get high quality ghee at a huge discount when you make your own!
What is ghee?
Ghee is a form of highly clarified butter that is traditionally used in Asian (specifically Indian) cooking. Melting regular butter to separate and remove the milk solids makes ghee. This means that ghee has less lactose than butter.
Which butter do I use to make ghee?
Ghee is traditionally made from cow’s milk, which is what is used in this recipe. I prefer to use the highest quality possible so I always look for grass-fed and pastured.
How to Make Homemade Ghee
Place the butter in a saucepan over medium heat to melt the butter. Gently stir the butter while it melts.
Once the butter begins to boil, turn down the heat to low and stir every 2-3 minutes. If the butter is cold then it should take about 5 minutes.
After about 10-12 minutes the butter should be a light golden color and the froth should start to disappear. At this point, remove from the heat and let sit for another 10 minutes. The milk solids on the bottom of the pot should be a medium brown color.
Place a mesh strainer over a mixing bowl then line with a piece of cheesecloth. Pour the ghee through the cheesecloth.
Next transfer the ghee to an airtight container. Allow to cool completely while uncovered. Once cooled, it’s ready to use. Then cover and store away from sunlight or heat. I recommend just putting it in the fridge and it will last for up to 6 months.
Making Ghee at Home? Tips for Making the Best Homemade Ghee
- Use high quality butter like Vital Farms grass-fed butter.
- While stirring, make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot so that all the milk solids that begin to settle cook evenly. You start to feel then the longer the butter cooks. You want the surface of the butter (initially looks like foam, also the proteins) to be a light gold color. You don’t want them to brown because that means that they have burned. That means your ghee will taste burnt as well.
- Ghee can be kept at room temperature. Just make sure to keep it away from sunlight or heat.
- If you keep the ghee in the fridge, it will last for up to 6 months.
- If you’re looking for the Instant Pot Ghee, you can find the recipe here.
If you love making Homemade Ghee, here are a few recipes using ghee:
- Spicy Grass-Fed Beef Curry with Green Beans
- Grain Free Lemon Poppyseed Cookies
- Sautéed Shrimp with Leeks and Bacon
- Healthier Sweet Potato Casserole
- Hulk Muffins (Savory Spinach Muffins)