For some of you, buying good quality organic, grass-fed ghee is fairly easy and relatively affordable too.
You can simply order it online or even swing by the store on your way home from work to buy a jar or two.
But for other not so lucky people like myself, getting our hands on the precious creamy golden fat from heaven is a nearly impossible task. We have virtually no other option than to order it from “across the border” and, because of all the extra charges such as shipping, duty and import taxes, it ends up costing an arm and a leg. And that’s when we’re lucky enough to find a source that will actually ship to our location. Ugh.
If such is your case, do not despair.
You can very quickly and easily make your own ghee at home. All you need to do is get your hands on some good quality organic or grass-fed butter (which again, isn’t all that easy to do if you’re in Canada but is at least feasible, unlike getting your hands on the finished product…) and you’re good to go.
Chances are, you’ll end up saving LOADS of money in the process and, as an added bonus, your home will be filled with such an intoxicating aroma after you’re done, you’ll almost want to cry.
For that reason alone, you might never want to buy store-bought ever again… (IF you have that option, that is!)
So what do you say we make a batch together?
You’ll see, you really don’t need much at all and we’ll be done in no time!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own ghee at home:
- A medium saucepan, preferably one with a heavy bottom
- A large spoon to stir
- A fine meshed sieve
- Several layers of cheesecloth to line your sieve
- A large bowl or measuring cup to receive the ghee (preferably one that has a pouring spout)
- One or two glass jars to store your ghee in
- The best quality UNSALTED* butter you can get your hands on (organic if that’s all you can get but grass-fed is much preferred)
*if you use salted butter, your ghee will end up being WAY too salty. Do stick with unsalted. Capiche? UNSALTED!
Start with one or two pounds of the best quality butter you can find, depending on how big a batch you want to make. One pound of butter will fill a 1 pint Mason jar almost to the top.
Here in Canada, grass-fed butter is practically impossible to find due to regulations on dairy products and other agricultural restrictions, so I had to settle for organic. That’s the best one can get here, unless they happen to know a good farmer!
But if you’re lucky enough to have grass-fed easily available where you are then by all means, go for it.
Cut your butter into roughly one inch by one inch squares.
This will help your butter melt faster and more evenly.
Set your butter to melt over medium heat, stirring it gently from time to time.
Pretty soon, you’ll see a thick, white foam start to form at the surface.
Notice how bright yellow and opaque the butter is at this stage of the process.
Keep stirring until your butter starts to simmer, at which point you’ll want to turn the heat down to medium-low.
For the next 5 minutes or so, you won’t be doing much stirring.
Just let the butter simmer and watch the bubbles emerge from that thick foam, increasing in size and number.
As the bubbling increases, you’ll notice that the foam will become thinner and the bubbles will become bigger and clearer.
Soon, the milk solids will start to curdle and attach the sides of the pan. That is completely normal and desirable.
Just scrape the sides of the pan from time to time to help those milk solids sink to the bottom.
As the milk solids sink to the bottom, you will notice that your butter is beginning to clear up.
It will get more and more translucent, the bubbles will get larger and the foam will eventually completely disappear.
Your butter will start to take a nice golden coloration as the milk solids, which are now at the bottom, begin to brown.
Keep a close eye on your butter and keep stirring, scraping the sides and bottom so the milk solids don’t attach to the pan and burn.
Notice how big the bubbles are getting? Oh yeah! We’re almost there…
Watch this really closely now!
That, right there! That’s what you are looking for!
See how the butter just started foaming for a second time? This is the indication that your ghee is now ready to be strained.
Now you want take it off the heat and let that foam settle for a few seconds.
Line your sieve with several layers of cheesecloth and set that over a large bowl, preferably one that is equipped with a pouring spout.
Pour your ghee right in!
These are the milk solids that get left behind.
You will want to discard this.
Now transfer your beautiful filtered ghee into a glass jar.
There is a chance that you might need a tissue at this point, to wipe off the tears from the corner of your eyes.
The smell alone will probably make you weep for joy!
And what about the color. Have you ever seen a color so beautiful?
Liquid gold is what it is!
Cover your jars loosely and let your precious ghee set for several hours at room temperature.
This generally takes a full day. I know, be patient!
And there you have it. Your beautiful home made ghee is now ready to use.
Have you ever seen such a beautiful shade of yellow?
And talk about creaaaaamy.
Now, get your nose closer to that screen. Can you smell this?
Oh! I’m telling you. I die every single time I stick my nose into that jar.