Ghee and Coconut Ghee: What is it and how do you make it?

How to make ghee and primal fat coconut ghee

Coconut Ghee on the Left
Regular Ghee on the Right

Growing up in a house with Indian immigrant parents, ghee was a staple in our household. However, being born and raised in Illinois, I wasn’t very interested in Indian cuisine. It wasn’t until I was in a seminar learning about Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Childhood when I learned that ghee is a dairy free, healthy fat. At the time I had just gotten comfortable with the Paleo lifestyle, so when I learned this, I definitely had my mom make me some ghee to experiment with. Now, I have finally learned to make ghee myself and wanted to share it, because it’s so easy and quick.

What is Ghee?

Ghee (also known as clarified butter) is the healthy fats that are leftover when you remove the milk solids (casein) and milk sugar (lactose) from butter. This is why ghee is a great option for those of  you who have a dairy allergy, are following a paleo diet or have child with neurodevelopmental disorders who is on a gluten free/casein free diet.

Not only is ghee healthy because it removes common allergens, but it’s also a great source of CLA’s (as long as you use grass-fed butter to make it). Our body’s cannot make CLA’s (conjugated linoleic acids) on their own, and it is only found in meats and dairy (especially when they’re grass fed).  According to research, CLA can reduce tumor size in certain cancers, and aide in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and triglycerides, and inflammation.

Additionally, ghee is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and Vitamins A, K, E and D.

Recipe for Ghee

Ingredients:

2 – 8oz packages of grass fed butter (We like Kerrygold of course)

Grass-Fed Butter

Tools:

1 Cast iron bowl (or deep cast iron skillet)

Deep bowl to cook ghee

This is the bowl we used, it’s been a little beat up over the years

Cooking Ghee

1  Spoon

1 Steel bowl

1 Fine mesh strainer and/or 1 Cheesecloth

1 Glass canning jar

1 Oven mitt

Directions:

1. Make sure your butter has been out of the freezer and in the refrigerator for about 24 hours.

2. Place both blocks of butter into your cast iron bowl on medium-low heat. The butter will start to melt immediately.

Making Ghee

3. Stir and wait.

Boiling butter

This is what the butter looks like as it starts to boil.

4. CAUTION: As butter boils it may start to splash and splatter out of the bowl, stand back while you wait and if necessary turn the heat down a touch.

5. As it cooks you will notice a foam (milk solids) developing on top. Some modernists will skim the top and remove this foam, while traditionalists will leave it alone and wait until all of the solids have fallen to the bottom. We decided to do both. If you have a dairy allergy or have been told to remove dairy from your diet, I recommend that you skim the top to remove the solids and then strain it with a cheesecloth.

Cooking butter to make ghee

Skimming the milk solids off of the top of the ghee.

Leftover milk solids when making ghee

This is what the milk solids look like when you skim them off the top and put them into another bowl to discard.

6. KEY: Make sure to watch that foam when it gets to the point where it’s barely there (because the solids have sunk to the bottom), that’s when you know the ghee is done and you should immediately take it off of the heat. If you have chosen to remove the solids from the top pay attention to the color of the ghee it should be a golden yellow with milk solids at the bottom and that’s how you will know it’s done. If it becomes a dark amber almost brown color you have cooked the ghee too much and it is starting to burn.

It took us exactly 14 minutes to get to this point.

When do you know ghee is done?

This is what your pot should look like if you compare to the picture at step 3, there are less milk solids and you can see that the ghee is still a golden yellow.

7. Let cool for about 5 min.

8. Set up your fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth over a steel bowl and using your oven mitt, pick up the cast iron bowl and pour the ghee over the strainer/cloth into the steel bowl.

Separating milk solids from ghee

We chose to use a fine mesh strainer but a cheesecloth is recommended for those with a dairy allergy.

8. Let cool for about 10 min.

9. Pour your ghee into your glass canning jar.

Jarring your ghee

Ghee will last at room temperature for about 1 month.

Ghee before it has solidified

The ghee will remain liquid for a few hours and then become a semisolid.

What is Coconut Ghee?

Recently I had a friend (or as my mom likes to call him “Ghee Guy” because he is all things paleo and wanted some authentic Indian mom ghee), anyways, he asked me about Primalfat Coconut Ghee. After looking into it, I found out that it is a 50/50 mix of ghee and coconut oil. Not a bad idea because adding the coconut oil adds all kinds of health benefits. It protects against liver damage from toxins, normalizes blood lipids, improved blood sugar, antifungal and antibacterial properties, just to name a few.

Not to mention, coconut oil is a great source of MCT’s. Medium chain triglycerides are a fatty acid that is hard to find in our diets since we normally consume large chain triglycerides. MCT’s are easy on the digestive system, improve vitamin and mineral digestion, increases energy and endurance, and enhances the immune system.

So, I thought I would try to make some gheeconut (as I like to call it because word fusion is fun!), and here is the recipe.

Recipe for Coconut Ghee

Sine our canning jars have mL measurements on them and both our product are in liquid form these are the measurement we used.

50mL of Ghee

50mL of Coconut Oil (Since I have not tried to make my own… yet, we like Nature’s Way Organic Coconut Oil)

Pure Extra Virgin 62% MCT

Tools:

1 Measuring cup (if your jars don’t have measurements on them)

1 Mixing bowl

1 Spoon

Directions:

1. Using your measuring cup or canning jar measure out 50mL of liquid ghee and pour into steel bowl.

2. Again using your measuring cup or canning jar measure out 50mL of coconut oil and melt if necessary. Then add to the ghee and mix together.

Mixing coconut oil and ghee

3. Fill your glass canning jar with your 50/50 coconut oil and ghee mix.

The coconut ghee takes much longer to become semisolid compared to the regular ghee.

*Special thanks to my momma for putting up with my questions and photographs during the process 🙂

Dr. Neha Shah
Chiropractic Physician | Webster Technique Certified
White Oak Family Wellness
P: 630-442-0057  E: drshah@whiteoakwell.com
www.whiteoakwell.com

 

Resources:
http://www.bulletproofexec.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Butter-Infographic1.jpg
http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10612.htm
http://www.mercola.com/beef/cla.htm
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White Oak Family Wellness is a whole health clinic located in St. Charles, IL. Services include chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition. Additionally, each doctor has specialized training in different fields: Dr. Neha Shah specializes in pediatric care, maternal and prenatal wellness and neurodevelopmental disorders of children. Dr. Phillip Gamble specializes in rehab, corrective exercises as well as golf fitness.
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