How To: Clarify and preserve butter

Clarify and preserve butter

Looking for a means of preserving a pound or so of butter? Make delicious ghee, or South Asian-style clarified butter. The clarification process is simple and only takes a few minutes. Become a veritable ghee whiz with help from this South Asian culinary how-to.

Directions:

Place butter in heavy bottom medium size pan over medium-high heat. Bring butter to boil. This takes approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium. The butter will form a foam which will disappear. Ghee is done when a second foam forms on top of butter, and the butter turns golden. Approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Turn the stove on low heat. At this time if you want grainy texture of the ghee, sprinke couple of tbsp water. If you like smooth texture of the ghee like store bought ghee, no need to sprinkle water. Now, stop stirring. Brown milk solids will be in bottom of pan. Gently pour into heatproof container through fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Store in airtight container being sure to keep free from moisture. Ghee does not need refrigeration and will keep in airtight container for up to 1 month.

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