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Glorious golden ghee

Ghee is often referred to as "liquid gold" with its impressive nutritional profile and numerous health benefits. You will fall in love with the rich nuttiness...
Lara Fountain
Golden Ghee Bars

Ghee is often referred to as "liquid gold" with its impressive nutritional profile and numerous health benefits. You will fall in love with the rich nuttiness that ghee imparts on both sweet and savoury dishes. Ghee is a clarified butter that is made by separating the water and milk solids from the fat. Removing the milk solids makes ghee a wonderful fat for those with a daily intolerance, as it becomes lactose free during this cooking process. Ghee is simple to make and cheaper than store bought variety's it's also tastes best when its homemade. Ghee keeps at room temperature for up to 1 month or chilled in the fridge to extend its shelf life up to 1 year. As one of the few fats that is high heat stable with its smoke point being at 252℃ it's a great healthy addition to any pantry.

How to Make Ghee

Ingredients 

500g block of good quality grass fed unsalted butter 

Method

Gently melt the block of butter in a heavy based saucepan over medium-low heat. Once completely melted the butter will separate into 3 layers with the Milk solids falling to the bottom with the clarified butter sitting below the foam on the top. Let the melted butter gently simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. As it bubbles away you can gently skim off the foam and discarded it if it rises to high otherwise just leave it as it will die down during the second foam stage. This is where the bigger less milky looking bubbles will start to form about 10-15 minutes into the process.

Once the second foam is bubbling away the butter will slowly start to turn a deep golden hue. The smell of fresh baked croissants will fill the room and the milk solids will also appear darker as the turn from milky white to golden amber in colour. This is a sign that your ghee is good to go, and you can remove it for the heat. If the solids that the bottom of the pan are still light and milky looking let it continue to cook until they are rich golden colour.

Once the ghee has cooled a little you can strain it off into a jar or molds through a fine mess sieve. I like to strain mine off into jug and then pour into mini loaf pan as it turns the ghee into the most beautiful gold bars that can be easily kept in the fridge and pulled out when needed. 

Makes approx. 250g you can increase the butter sticking to the same process to make a bigger batch. Note that you may need to allow for an increase in cooking time if needed thought.

Storage Tips and Recommendations

Ghee can be stored at room temperature for several weeks. To extend its shelf life, keep it in the fridge, where it can last up to a year. Always use a clean utensil when scooping ghee to avoid contamination.

golden ghee bar

Nutritional Value of Ghee

Ghee is a powerhouse of nutrition. Unlike butter, ghee does not contain water or milk solids, making it more concentrated in fat. 

  • Calories: One tablespoon (14 grams) of ghee contains about 123 calories.
  • Fat: It has approximately 14 grams of fat, of which 9 grams are saturated fats.
  • Vitamins: Ghee is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K, especially when sourced from grass-fed cows. These vitamins are crucial for various bodily functions, including maintaining healthy vision, skin, and bones.

Compared to butter, ghee has a slightly higher concentration of short-chain saturated fats. Both ghee and butter provide nearly 100% of their calories from fat, but ghee has the added advantage of being lactose and casein-free, making it suitable for those with dairy intolerances.

The Many Uses of Ghee

  • Ghee’s versatility in cooking is unmatched us it for roasting, frying, sautéing, and even as a finishing element in dishes. Thanks to its high smoke point, ghee is perfect for high-temperature cooking, reducing the risk of harmful compound formation. Its rich, nutty flavor also enhances the taste of baked goods, making it a preferred choice over butter in certain recipes.

  • In Ayurveda, ghee is revered for its medicinal properties. It is used both internally and externally to promote healing. Internally, ghee supports digestive health, balances hormones, and boosts immunity. Externally, it is used to treat burns, moisturize skin, and improve hair health. Ayurvedic practitioners often recommend ghee for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, making it a holistic health solution.

  • Boosts immunity and is anti-inflammatory, ghee is rich in butyric acid, ghee helps produce T cells, which are essential for fighting diseases. This makes ghee a potent immune booster. The butyric acid in ghee also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

  • Ghee is great for your health as it is a reliable source of fat-soluble vitamins A and E, crucial for liver health, hormone balance, and fertility. Research shows that ghee contains healthy fats that can increase good cholesterol levels in the body. Unlike other fats, ghee does not contribute to heart disease when consumed in moderation.

Ghee is truly a versatile kitchen staple and a health powerhouse ingredient that should be used in every home. Making ghee at home is easy and cost-effective, allowing you to enjoy its rich flavors and numerous benefits. Whether you're using it for cooking or incorporating it into your wellness routine, ghee is a versatile, nutrient-dense fat that supports a healthy lifestyle. Try making your own ghee and experience the difference it can make in your meals and overall health.

Make these nutrient-dense recipes with ghee:

Tomato, leek and fennel braised lentils 

Healthy low carb beauty bread

 

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Lara Fountain

Lara a certified organic skincare and cosmetic formulator shares natural, and effective beauty solutions, wellness insights, and recipes created to empower and nourish your glow naturally from the inside out.