If you haven’t heard of it yet, ghee is an ancient food used for thousands of years in Asia. Traditionally, it has been used in cooking and also to treat burns, or to moisturise the skin.
Ghee is basically clarified butter. Butter is made out of milk solids, water and fat, and the ghee is only the fat. So, if you’re lactose intolerant, ghee is your friend :)
Ghee is perfect for frying over high heat. Each oil has its own smoke point. Heating the oil above its own smoke point destroys essential nutrients and can result in an increase of free radicals. Ghee, butter or coconut oil have a high smoke point so they are perfect for cooking.
You can buy ghee but it's much cheaper to make it yourself, it's super easy.
Cut the unsalted butter (preferably grassfed or organic) into cubes and put it in a saucepan.
Melt it over a low-medium heat stirring from time to time.
You will see a white foam at the surface, that’s the whey which must be removed. You can use a wooden or a normal spoon to skim the white foam off.
Lower the heat and let the melted butter simmer for 5 more minutes.
And there you have it- your ghee is done. Strain it into a jar using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.
Ghee can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge (I like the second option) and it can last for up to a month.
I absolutely love this healthy fat and I try to add it in my diet as much as possible: either as cooking oil, or on a jack potato, or to pop popcorn, or as topping on steamed vegetables, the options are endless.
Here’s a drink I like to have from time to time, it’s soothing and full of flavour. And of course, it’s simple to make. You only need 3 ingredients: warm milk (ideally unsweetened nut milk or organic A2 whole milk), a bit of honey and 2 tbsp of ghee. Just mix all ingredients and enjoy :)
Aaa, almost forgot a magic tip: add it to your cup of tea or coffee, you won’t regret it :)