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Kitchen Notes: Clarified Butter II
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Making Ghee/Clarified Butter Reply with quote Delete this post

I do my ghee with about 2 lb of butter at a time. I use salted butter because it's usually a little cheaper and I haven't noticed any end-result differences between salted and unsalted (other than the solids that retain all the salt).

At low heat, melt butter in a pan that's a few inches higher than the melted butter.

Continue heating at low heat until it starts to bubble, just a bit. Keep the heat pretty low so it stays at that slow bubble. Gently stir from time to time to encourage some of the water in the foam to evaporate off.

If you're making ghee, heat until the solids on the bottom begin to turn a golden brown. If just clarified butter, just until you think you've driven off enough moisture.

With a fine-mesh skimmer, pull off the floating solids that remain. Discard those solids, or use them as you wish.

Set up a jelly strainer over the container that will hold your clarified butter/Ghee, then gently pour the melted butter through the jelly strainer cloth. You will end up with nearly perfectly clarified butterfat, and very little loss. If you try to strain it without first skimming, the jelly-cloth will blind and it will take hours to filter.
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