Ghee Butter: What Is It & Why Should I Use It?

Goooood morning, lovely people! It's Tuesday, you made it through Monday, phew!

Before we get into today's topic, did you take a few moments yesterday to set your goals for the week? If you did, take a second to check in with yourself. How are your goals going so far? Did you accomplish what you wanted to yesterday? If you answered yes to that question, go you, you're a rockstar! If you answered no to that question, it's okay, don't beat yourself up. Take a second and think about why you weren't able to accomplish what you wanted to. Once you've thought about that, think about how you can overcome that barrier, or what will help you to accomplish your goal. Reaching our goals is a work in progress, and that's just fine. Just keep doing the best you can do! 

Alright, now for today's topic: ghee butter. What a weird name, right? You may have heard of ghee butter (also known as clarified butter) before, or you may have not, so let me tell you a little bit about it! Ghee butter is most commonly used in Asian recipes, but it can be used in place of butter or oil for almost any style of cooking. 

Basically, clarified butter, or ghee butter, is butter that has had all water and milk solids removed. The result is a clear and yellow looking fat (sounds super appetizing, I know). Besides the yellowness, ghee butter's look and texture reminds me a lot of coconut oil! Most butter that we use is actually around 80% fat, about 16% water, and 1-2% milk solids. With a higher water percentage comes a lower smoke point, so common butter will burn more quickly than ghee butter. 

So, it's good to use ghee butter when you want to cook something on your frying pan at a higher temperature, such as fish or chicken. Ghee butter will also deliver a MUCH creamier flavor than your regular butter (pretty awesome, right?) which will make your usual fish dish even more delicious! One point awarded to the house of Ghee Butter...bad joke? :)

Ghee butter can also be stored for a longer period of time than regular butter, since the water that would cause spoilage has been removed. You don't even have to refrigerate it! Another point is awarded to Ghee butter...

If you're lactose intolerant, ghee just scored yet another point (and maybe it's best one yet)! Since the milk solids are removed when making ghee, you're able to enjoy the creamy flavor of butter without the usual troubles that come from consuming regular butter and dairy in general - huge score! 

So, if you're lactose intolerant, or would just like to try out ghee butter for the higher smoking point and/or flavor, you can buy it at Trader Joe's (that's where I got mine) and Whole Foods. I'm not sure exactly what other stores offer it, but definitely look out for it on your next trip to the grocery store. You can also make your own ghee butter if you would rather, and Wellness Mama has a great tutorial on how to make it (click HERE to be redirected to Wellness Mama's website).

I hope that this post taught you something new, or it helped you understand what exactly ghee butter is and what you can use it for! If you have used ghee butter and have a favorite way to use it, let me know in the comments! 

Until next time, 

Jenna

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