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Ghee - Not clarified butter.


Joined: Jun 10, 2011
Posts: 55
Ghee is made from butter. If you have not tried it I think you should! Here is the differences between clarified butter and Ghee.

Ghee is cooked until all the solids (lactose, cholesterol) have settled on the bottom and are cooked until brown, which releases vital short chains of fatty acid known at butyric acid. The other point is that it is not done cooking until all of the moisture (water) is gone. What this does is it allows Ghee to be stored on the counter top, not the in the fridge. Unsalted butter is best to use. It has been stated to have CLA, all essential amino acids, etc.

Clarified butter is only partially separated, it simply has less lactose and cholesterol, not a removal. This doesn't do any good for someone who is lactose intolerant! Also it doesn't matter if it is salt or unsalted really. It can be made by putting butter in a jar, in the window on a warm day.

When I make Ghee I like to use a wide pot/pan. You want the temperature high enough to sink the solids, but not high enough to burn. If the solids don't sink and separate correctly your temperature may be too low and what will happen is it will create a layer that acts as a blockage for water (I think). Basically if it is to low you will have to turn it up and stir some but run a bigger risk of burning since the amount of heat to make the full process happen will of increased until it is back on track... If you notice this happening it is best to stir and turn the heat up right there and then. Funny enough it really only requires around say 3 out of 10 on most electric stoves, to give you an idea of how little of heat is really needed. You can play with getting it to a boil and turning it down but I avoid any chance of burning. It is good to scrape the top off, but don't bother until it has been going awhile. Consider using a grease guard as it will bubble as the water is cooked out of the solids. You will know when it is done, when it stops sizzling (all the water is gone) and the bottom is brown but not black. Then strain through cheese cloth/coffee filter into a container (you may want to put a metal utensil in in order to not break the glass container you may be using). You can let it cool before you poor it but be warned, it holds temperature for a very long time.

Leila Rich

Joined: May 24, 2010
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
I love ghee, but as far as I know, heating fat won't seperate out cholesterol, good or bad. Could you post me a link? I'd like to read more about it.

Joined: Jun 10, 2011
Posts: 55
My understanding is it still has saturated fat. However what causes cholesterol within the body, to which is actually harmful, is left in the solids. The concern being whether cholesterol oxides or not. However even though it has saturated fat the levels are not high, nor is saturated fat necessarily bad for everyone anyway.

It becomes a bit complicated, here is some discussion on it from a quick Internet search. Different people have found it to actually lower cholesterol to some point.
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