Homemade Ghee - So Easy :)
Sattvic / V-, P-, K+ (in excess)
1 pound of Organic, Unsalted Butter, medium-sized pot and a fine strainer
Put the butter in a heavy, medium-sized pot. Place pot on smallest burner of range-top. Turn on the heat to medium-high until the butter melts. Bring the butter to a nice soft boil and then turn down the heat to medium-low until the butter is still boiling and continue to cook at this heat. Turn on a kitchen timer to 20 minutes (may need to cook longer depending again on your range top).
Do not cover the pot. The ghee will begin to foam and sputter for a while and then begin to quiet down. You may skim off the foam (part of milk solids) with a spoon until mostly removed. Stir lightly. It will keep removing and separating the milk fats and solids.
The ghee will begin to smell like popcorn and turn a lovely golden color. Whitish curds will begin to form on the bottom of the pot. When these whitish curds turn a light tan color, the ghee is ready. Take it off the heat immediately, as it can burn at this stage – and it burns quickly! Burned ghee has a nutty smell and a dull, slightly brownish color. The cooking time usually is no longer than 15-20 minutes, depending on the kind of pot and heat source.
Let the ghee cool until just hot. Pour the warm ghee through a fine sieve or layers of cheesecloth into a glass container with a tight lid. You may discard the foam and the curds at the bottom of the saucepan (or, if you have animals, you may add it to their dry food. They will love it!) Do not use plastic jars, as the ghee is hot enough to melt them!
Ghee can be kept on the kitchen shelf, covered. It does not need refrigeration. The medicinal properties are said to improve with age. Don’t ladle out the ghee with a wet spoon or allow any water to get into the container, as this will create conditions for bacteria to grow.
Butter is congesting to the channels of the body, but Ghee is nourishing and hydrating to all of the tissues and cells of the body. You will see the results in your skin and hair.