If you're dairy free, ghee is the perfect thing to replace butter. It cooks really well at high temperatures and doesn't burn like butter does. It's got a gorgeous silky texture when melted and smells like caramel!
It's all the goodness of the healthy fats in butter without the lactose and milk proteins.
One heavy based pan
One stirring spoon
A jug (glass not plastic)
A jar to store the ghee
A sieve (again preferably not plastic, ghee gets very hot!)
A cheese cloth, new unused dish cloth or thin tea towel to place in the sieve to stop the milk solids falling through.
And as much butter as you can possibly fit in the pan! Ok maybe not that much, as much as you need for the week. We get through this pretty quickly so I used 500g of butter which only lasts a few days in our house.
Slowly melt butter over a medium heat.
When butter has melted white bubbles will begin to form.
Watch carefully, it will begin to foam. Stir every now and again without disturbing the milk solids at the bottom so you can see how clear the ghee is.
The foam will eventually die down and the butter will begin to bubble. If the bubbles look a bit fierce turn the heat down slightly. Remember to stir every so often, again without disturbing the milk solids on the bottom to make sure it's not burning. You should see the milk proteins swirling around in the fat.
Allow the butter to bubble for a while. You will get a second foam. This could take a few minutes and won't be as thick as the first foam was.
The foam will begin to clear and you will see the beautiful golden colour of the ghee.
Depending on the quality of your butter, the foam might not completely clear but once it's stops reducing, you can remove the ghee from the heat.
second foam beginning to clear
Place your sieve with the cheese cloth inside over your jug and gently strain the ghee. You will see all the milk solids collect in it and your ghee will strain a gorgeous golden colour.
Pour into your jar and enjoy! Give it a sniff! Smell that caramel smell and try not to nom it all at once!