By now you have seen us mention clarified butter in several of our recipes. Sure, you could purchase some at a health foods or specialty market, or even online, but wouldn’t you rather make it yourself at home and know the quality of butter used? We think so!
To ensure the best flavor, quality and health benefits, we recommend using a grass-fed butter such a Kerrygold. Grass fed butter is known to have higher levels of Omega-3 and vitamin K2.
You don’t need much to make your own clarified butter; just a pot, 4-8 sticks of butter and a container. Yes, some people use a cheesecloth to filter the clarified portion from the separated solids. However, we feel that you lose a lot of the ‘liquid gold’ that way and can do just as good a job by pouring carefully and slowly.
Place your sticks of butter, sliced or whole, in to a pot and heat over low-medium temperature. Allow the butter to begin melting without any stirring or agitating.
After about 15-20 minutes, you will begin to see some bubbling. This part is kind of fun to watch, it almost looks like fireworks going off. Watch your temperature, to make sure it is at a simmer not a boil.
A few more minutes and you will see a layer of white foam forming on the top. You can use a slotted spoon to pull off this top layer, revealing the pot of liquid gold underneath. You will notice that the solids have separated and will be at the bottom of the pan.
We keep the temperature at low until about 40 minutes in, allowing any water to completely evaporate. At this point, we turn off the heat and allow it to cool for a bit. Then we carefully pour the clarified portion of the butter in to our glass container, making sure to prevent the solids from pouring out. Once you get the hang of it, this method is much easier and more economical than the cheesecloth filtering.
You can store the clarified butter at room temperature, but we prefer to refrigerate it being that we reside in sunny south Florida. Clarified butter is our preferred cooking oil, allowing foods to cook and brown without sticking or burning. You don’t even have to melt a pat of it on your Cook-N-Dine or pan, if you are looking to reduce the amount of oil used you can just melt a bit and brush it on.