Introduction: Home Made Ghee - Clarified Butter From Fresh Milk Fat
What is ghee?
Ghee is a form of highly clarified butter that is traditionally used in India cooking, and it is a good alternative to cooking oil and is often used in Indian / Asian Cooking.
Ghee contains several fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, E and K.
And if you search in internet, there is huge documents about Ghee, its uses, benefits.
Overall, I will recommend to use Ghee instead of any oil for cooking.
So, lets start making it, from scratch.
Step 1: Preparing and Storing Fresh Milk Fat
I do not use ready made butter which available in the market to make ghee.
So What i do?
2 litter milk is daily need of our family.
so, here are the steps I follow
- Boil the milk in low flame
- let it cool
- refrigerate it whole night
- in the morning, there is very nice thick layer of fresh milk fat.
- collect this milk fat in a container, and store in refrigerator
- I store like this for 7 to 10 days, for a good amount.
Refer the pictures to see how I do it...
Now, move to next step...
Step 2: Preparing Ghee
after 7 or 10 days, when I collect a good amount of milk fat, I prepare ghee from it.
Preparation of Fat:
- take out the cream from refrigerator
- wait, till it have the room temperature
Mix the milk fat well add little warm water for mixing
- then, take it in a mixture, gently grind in batches, for 1 to 3 minutes , till I see butter floating at the top
- collect the butter
- repeat the process for whole cream.
Separate butter from the buttermilk. This buttermilk can be used in drinking / preparing curries etc.
Preparation of Ghee:
Heat butter in a wide heavy bottom pan
Butter starts melting, keep the flame low, otherwise, butter will burn and land with a bitter taste.
Stir the butter occasionally, so that the bottom does not burn, it looks like a oily liquid.
- slowly, its colour will change from white to golden brown , and after some time, its observed that, all solid parts settle down in the bottom and yellowish oil-like liquid comes to the upper part
- Also, by this time, it has a very nice aroma of fresh ghee.
- Once all the liquid part and solid part separated, put the flame off, let it cool..
Step 3: Filter the Ghee
- Once the ghee little cool, take a strainer, (shown in the figures)
- Pass the ghee through a strainer or filter
- collect the pure ghee in a clean container.
- Ghee can be stored for up to a year or more 9 if more than 3 months keep it refrigerator)
Step 4: Store and Enjoy the Ghee
Now, Prepared ghee can be stored in stainless steel container or glass container
Step 5: Uses: Indian Ghee
There are many many uses of ghee.
- Ghee is very good substitute of cooking oil, can be use everyday cooking,it has a High smoke point
- In india, We use ghee for diya (a small bowl shaped lamp made of baked clay / metal / brass etc)
- Good for skin
- can be use for toast, making kheer, paratha (Some pics added, which I made using my home made ghee)
It also contains several fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, E and K
Ghee provides essential Healthy Fats
- Many home remedies can be prepared from ghee
- and more other uses...
So, lets start using GHEE...
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