Thursday, January 23, 2014

How To Make Ghee

Ghee is also known as clarified butter.
It's used as a staple in Indian cuisine.
Why should one use ghee?
Here are a few reasons:

1. Because of the way it is made, ghee is free of casein and other milk solids. 
For those who can't tolerate butter or are following a casein-free diet, it's the perfect solution. 
It is a great source of healthy fat to incorporate into your diet.  

2. Ghee is great for cooking because it is stable at high temperatures. 

3. Ghee stimulates the production of stomach acid, increases the absorption of other nutrients, 
and is very supportive for acid reflux, ulcers, and other digestive complaints. 
It's part of the process of healing the gut.

4. In ayurvedic practices, ghee has been said to be beneficial for balancing lipid levels, 
promoting learning and memory, strengthening the immune system, 
and warding off pathogens and cancer. 
It's a good fat, and it aids in a multitude of conditions.

Ghee can be used in any recipe that calls for butter or oil.
Use it to saute veggies, as a topping on toast, to fry eggs in, the possibilities are endless.

In my case, I'm using it to see if I notice any difference 
in the symptoms I've been experiencing.
It's an easy thing to make myself and worth a try.

Homemade Ghee 
 (Veggie Belly)
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter

*Place butter in heavy pan (a cast iron skillet works well).  
*Cook on medium heat until all the butter is melted.
*Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the butter starts to foam and boil. 
*If you hear crackling, you're on the right track!

*Reduce the heat to low, and continue simmering  until the butter looks clear-
just look underneath the foam on top.
*Keep simmering the butter until the crackling subsides, about 10 minutes. 
Strain it and you're done!

The ghee is done when:
        ~ The crackling subsides.

          ~The ghee becomes a clear golden yellow liquid.
       ~The milk solids separate and settle in the bottom of the pan, and are light brown in color

Read about my quest for better health this year here.   
The quest continues here.

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