Ghee is basically clarified butter, which is made by separating the milk solids from the butter itself. The beautiful golden liquid left behind is then known as "ghee."
My purpose for sharing this post is to acquaint you with the basic recipe for ghee, it's uses, and how it benefits us.
How to make GHEE
You will need
5-6 sticks of grass-fed butter (unsalted)
A large pot
Simply place the sticks of butter in a large pot and turn on the heat to medium low. Let the butter melt for about 15-20 minutes.
The key is to make sure you don't burn the butter, so heat temperature is VERY essential for this recipe.
You will notice that the butter will start to bubble into a white soapy consistency, then slowly start to clear up. Now is the time to lower the heat just a bit more and let the butter simmer. This is a slow and careful method of creating ghee. Yes! you are creating it!
Once you start seeing a beautiful golden color liquid and can see the bottom of the pan with milk solids (white grainy crumbles) separated, you can turn the heat off and let it cool to room temperature. This will take about 30 minutes or so.
Now you can take a strainer, the size of a mason jar opening, and strain the liquid into the jar. The beautiful golden liquid is your finished product. You just made GHEE!
Top FIVE uses of GHEE
Use it to moisturize your hair
Simply massage into hair, leave it on for about an hour then thoroughly wash with shampoo. It works wonders for dry hair!
Use it to heal chapped lips
Apply a small amount to chapped lips before bed. Ghee has great healing properties.
Use it to reduce dark circles
Apply a little ghee under the eye area before bed. Your under eyes will gradually brighten overtime
Heal small wounds fast
You know those painful wounds when we fall and accidentally scratch our knees or feet. This is the best remedy to heal those wounds safely. Warm up a little ghee in some turmeric powder and apply to the wound with a cotton ball. Do this 3-4 times daily. Oh, and watch out for the yellow color from the turmeric! Cover your wound after applying the ghee mixture to avoid staining your bedding or clothing.
Use it to sauté veggies/meats
Sauté your meats and veggies in a tablespoon of ghee instead of oil. It aids digestion.
Top FIVE benefits of GHEE
Lubricates the joints
Consuming about 1-2 tablespoons of ghee daily basis can keep the joints lubricated. It's known to provide the essential nutrients needed to keep the joint health in check.
Good for bone health
Consuming about 1-2 tablespoons of ghee daily can keep your bones healthy because of its Vitamin K2 content, which is needed to absorb calcium.
Keeps your skin healthy
Consuming ghee can keep your skin supple and healthy because of its essential fatty acids. Being a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid, it is also known to have anti-aging properties.
Good for gut health
Ghee is known for its rich source of butyric acid, which supports the probiotic bacteria in our gut. This keeps your digestive system in good health.
Ghee has a high smoke point.
Unlike other oils, ghee is very safe for cooking vegetables and meats as it does not destroy the essential nutrients.
So now you know some wonderful uses and benefits about this essential fat, which we should include in our diets, but in limited amounts. Not only that, you can now make your own ghee!
Some things to keep in mind about ghee
Store it in a cool place and consume within 2-3 months.
Ghee can last longer in the refrigerator (up to 6 months).
Only consume 1-2 tbsp a day. More can raise your cholesterol levels.
Always use grass-fed organic unsalted butter to make ghee to get the most nutrients out of it.