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BUTTER: Ghee???

Postby Murby » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:20 pm

Anyone? Opinions?

Its called "Clarified Butter" and has a ridiculously long shelf life..

Does it really taste like butter?
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Re: Ghee???

Postby anita » Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:45 pm

Ghee really seems to be increasing in popularity. A few years ago I only saw it in Wegman's. Now I see several varieties in the local grocery.

It has a higher burn point because the dairy solids are removed. (As memory serves me, butter has about 80% fat.)

I've purchased some and have it in my stores, but I haven't used it.
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Re: Ghee???

Postby contrarian » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:38 pm

I started using it about a year ago and have found it quite useful for high temperature cooking as it has a high smoke point, The flavor isn't the same, It caramelizes during the making and has a nutty flavor, A pound if unsalted butter will reduce to about 12 fluid ounces of ghee.

Most folks will recommend straining out the particles firmed, Use a metal mesh strainer and cheesecloth for that, I melted my plastic strainer in my first attempt.
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Re: Ghee???

Postby NJMike » Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:59 pm

I have a small case.

Reminds me I'll need to get some canned crab and lobster as carrying devices for the butter.
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Re: Ghee???

Postby ReadyMom » Mon Mar 13, 2017 9:34 pm

NJMike wrote:I have a small case.

Reminds me I'll need to get some canned crab and lobster as carrying devices for the butter.


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Re: Ghee???

Postby kappydell » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:14 pm

a little pricey for me to buy. I instead have (don't shoot me, I'm not asking any one else to eat it) canned butter and margarine, and render all my cooking fats for re-use. All have different flash points and uses, differing types of chemical configurations, and when used in REASONABLE amounts are useful and tasty.

Even wild game fats have value - more than food uses out there, ya know - so no wasting such a valuable resource. Nothin' wrong with ghee, mind you, just haven't found any cheap enough to try or put back. I can always make my own if I get the notion.
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Re: Ghee???

Postby contrarian » Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:04 pm

kappydell wrote:a little pricey for me to buy. <SNIP>

Easy to make however and 1 lb butter makes about 12 fluid oz of ghee. Not bad.
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Re: Ghee???

Postby ReadyMom » Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:28 am

I've read that Ghee can still go rancid, because it's an oil. Only has a couple of years for shelf life. Here's two contradictory links. I don't know which direction to go regarding storing ghee. -k

Ghee Buyer's Guide
http://www.pureindianfoods.com/ghee-buy ... -a/283.htm
Shelf Life: This information applies to all of our ghee products, which includes ghee, cultured ghee, coconut ghee, spiced ghee, and Coffee++. The shelf life of unopened jar is one year, with or without refrigeration.


Ghee ("clarified butter") for Long-Term Storage
http://doablesurvival.blogspot.com/2012 ... -term.html

Ok, this is where it gets sticky. I'd love to tell you the shelf-life of ghee, but there is a lot of conflicting information out there! There are "prepper" type sites that sell canned ghee and say it has a shelf-life of 20-30 years. I read in other places that it has a 10-15 year shelf-life and still in other places that it is good "indefinitely" and "nonperishable". (I've seen recipes for canning regular butter that is supposed to be good for 2-3 years, but the government warns against this as not being safe; but, if there are people out there canning regular butter for 2-3 years then, certainly, properly prepared and stored ghee should be good for AT LEAST that long.) I'm no expert and you need to use your own discretion on this; but after all the reading I've done on it, (and I did a lot) I'm confident it should be good (properly) canned and stored for at least a few years, possibly decades. Someone on a message board claimed that 1,000-year-old ghee was found in a grave and was still good. Well, I don't know about that. lol
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