What is clarified butter? Clarified butter (also known as ghee) is butter with the milk solids and water removed. It is a great choice for cooking and able to withstand higher temperatures than regular butter or other oils such as coconut oil. Clarified butter is one of my favorite things to cook with when eating Paleo, it adds a great mild buttery flavor and is simple to make. literally..
1. You want to heat your butter in a saucepan over low heat until it melts. Then allow it to simmer as the white "foam" rises to the surface. I usually make a pound at a time. (though it is less than a pound once clarified)
2. Once the all the foam has risen (this takes about 10 minutes) you will have three layers. All the milk solid sediment will be at the bottom of the pan with a layer of golden liquid under the foam. You can skim the foam off with a slotted spoon but I don't like to do it that way. If you want to skim it off as it forms i suggest using a mesh skimmer. I prefer waiting the 10 minutes and then straining it though cheesecloth.
4. Using a rubber-band I just secure the cheesecloth around the opening of my "clarified butter jar" and slowly pour the butter into the jar. You will notice the white foam being trapped on top of the cheesecloth. You also want to leave behind that bottom layer of solids so stop straining when you get to the end of the clear liquid gold.
* Clarified butter will keep for 3 to 6 months in the refrigerator, you can also leave it at room temperature on your counter like I do if the conditions are optimal, or freeze it for a similar length of time.
Would you clarify your butter?