I love Ghee. I love how easy it is to make Ghee and well, I like to make it fast. First, wait, let me back up. What is ghee? It’s clarified butter so you are removing the milk solids and water from the butter leaving you with pure butter oil. It’s has an incredibly long shelf life and needs no refrigeration. Simply put it’s awesome to cook with and most of the time when you see it, it’s a golden blond color. Myself, I like it more of a caramel color as the hazelnut finishes are stronger and more developed. Now, the first time I made it this way, I wasn’t paying attention and thought I had made a major mistake. However, when I tasted it, I realized that I love it even more this way. It is not for everyone though so I’ve listed when to pull it if you don’t want yours as browned.
You’ll need 1 pound of butter and either a coffee filter, paper towel or cheesecloth. Using cheesecloth will be much quicker than a coffee filter. Also, I’ve gotten feedback that some people have had issues with their coffee filter taking FOREVER to strain so just USE Cheesecloth.
Place your butter in pan over medium heat. Now, I’m cooking this rather high because I want to be done. You could put this in a crock pot for 3 -4 hours if you want. Now cooking this fast means no walking away. No chatting on Facebook or Twitter. You have to pay attention the entire time.
The butter will be very active and bubbly. This was 5 minutes into cooking.
Notice how the milk solids have formed a ring around the oil. All the solids are now at the top. If you want your ghee to have that glorious blond color, it’s done. It’s been 10 minutes of cooking time. If you’re still not sure it’s the right time look at the photo below. If you see this expansion, it’s done and pull it immediately.
Now, if you want it darker, the mix is going to expand a bit and it will be much quieter. Let it cook for 3 more minutes and pull it from the stove.
After the foam settles you’ll have this. A rich, caramel ghee.
Now comes the fun time. Strain through a paper towel or cheesecloth into a pint jar and seal.