How to make Coconut Ghee
Have you ever tried ghee?
To me, it’s liquid gold.
To give you an idea of how good it is I’ll say that it makes any dish taste divine, adding notable depth and a whole lot of flavour. While making it you may want to pop some popcorn on the side, then pour your ghee all over it because that’s what ghee smells like when cooking; freshly popped warm buttery popcorn.
What is Ghee?
Ghee, or clarified butter, is the staple food of India. It originated there and became popular in southern India where milk and butter would go off quickly due to the hot weather that’s customary there.
It is most widely used in Indian and Middle Eastern Cuisines. The Moroccan Tagine for example, uses ghee as a base for the flavourful stew slowly cooked in a clay dish. Without a doubt, ghee is one of the most flavourful fats I’ve ever used in cooking.
Why you should make Ghee
Don’t let the word or process intimidate you. Ghee is simple to make and it lasts for a really long time. Not only that but it is a health food that you and your children absolutely need!
I talk more about why healthy fats should be a foundation to a healthy diet here.
1. Ghee is shelf stable
Have you ever spent a really long time in the kitchen making something only to forget to refrigerate it and have to throw it out?
Ghee is shelf stable. That means that you can leave it on your counter top for up to 3 months and it’ll be fine. In the fridge it’ll be good for up to a year. You could even make a big batch and freeze some of it where it will keep indefinitely. Next time you run out of ghee, just pull some more out of your freezer!
2. Ghee has a high smoke point
Ghee has a higher smoke point than Coconut Oil by over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Ghee has a smoke point of about 485F while Coconut oil has a smoke point of 350F.
What’s a smoke point?
A smoke point is where the fat at the bottom of the pan has been heated to the point that it starts to smoke.
Why is that important?
Because once oil is heated and starts to smoke it begins to oxidize. Oxidized oil can damage cells in the body and increase the risk for developing diseases like cancer.
3. Ghee is lactose and Casein free
Lactose, the sugar found in milk and casein, the protein are common reasons for those who suffer from dairy intolerance.
Butter to begin with, contains little lactose. As the butter cooks, the milk solids are removed leaving the nourishing butter fat. This makes this oil allergy friendly to those who don’t tolerate milk products. The purest ghee will have trace amounts of lactose and casein, not enough to effect those who don’t tolerate dairy. This makes it a good choice for those who can’t get the nutrition from grass-fed butter.
4. Ghee is high in vitamins A, E and K
Ghee is a nourishing fat. High in vitamins A, E and K, it makes up for where for many people today lack in key nutrients for bone health, brain health, glowing skin and more.
Vitamin A comes in two forms: plant based and animal based.
The vitamin from plants comes in the form of beta carotene, an orange or red pigment found in plants. The body needs to convert this into an active form of vitamin A but for many people this doesn’t happen because of poor gut health. The animal form of vitamin A is readily available for the body to absorb making it a much better choice.
The largest organ of the body, our skin needs this vitamin to keep it smooth, supple and wrinkle-free. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant protecting the body from free radicals.
Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting as well as other functions. But it’s also a vitamin that promotes healthy bones by supplying the right amount of calcium in our bones. People with this vitamin deficiency have less bone density which is a precursor to diseases like osteoporosis.
Although you won’t get a high amount of vitamin K from ghee, it’s enough to make a difference to overall health when added to a healthy and balanced diet.
Why I add Coconut Oil
When cooking, I like to mix both butter and coconut oil together. The flavour it yields is slightly sweet, rich and deeply satisfying. Combining ghee and coconut oil to me just made sense because they taste so good together. But adding the coconut oil to the ghee increases the smoke point which is good!
Coconut oil also adds more nutrition because it’s a very healthy fat.
Coconut Ghee Recipe
Equal amounts of both grass-fed organic butter and cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. For this recipe I used 1 cup of each for a 1:1 ratio but feel free to add more or less as needed, keeping to the 1:1 ratio.
- 225g of butter (or 1 cup)
- 225g of coconut oil (or 1 cup)
- Set a jar aside with a fine mesh sieve and cheese cloth on top nearby ready to go
- In a small pan, melt the coconut oil and set aside
- In a medium saucepan, place the butter into the pot and gently heat until all of the butter has melted and the mixture starts to bubble. It’s really important to keep the heat low because it can quickly start spitting hot oil everywhere!
- Slowly, a white mixture of milk curds will start to rise to the top. Spoon that off.
- The butter will continue to bubble, keep skimming off any white milk curds that form at the top
- After all of the milk curds are skimmed off the surface should be clear but the ghee will continue to cook and bubble
- Keep cooking on low heat for 5-10 minutes
- After a few minutes a second white foam will start forming on the top, this is how you’ll know it is almost ready
- Skim off the second white foam
- Look to see if there are any brown spots of milk solids at the bottom of the pan, if so then it is ready to be poured into the jar
- Pour the liquid through the lined fine mesh sieve into the jar then add the coconut oil into the same jar and stir
- Let the mixture cool then refrigerate it so it sets
- Use liberally in cooking and baking and use within a year if stored in the fridge. It stored on the counter top, use within three months
Did you try it? I’d love to know how it went in the comments below!