Gainz Hack: Ghee

Ghee. The liquid gold that turns my coffee into magic every morning. It’s what makes my roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli perfectly crispy on the outside. It’s probably my favorite fat, ever.

But what exactly is ghee? And what is the difference between ghee and butter and clarified butter?

The difference between butter and clarified butter is that clarified butter is rendered down, and the butterfat is removed from the milk solids. There is very little, if any at all, lactose or casein in clarified butter, and some people with lactose intolerance can tolerate it.

Clarified butter has a higher smoke point than regular butter, and so it is safer to cook with in higher temperatures. Since the butterfat is removed, clarified butter can be stored at room temperature, and it lasts longer.

Ghee is a type of clarified butter, and the difference between the two is the preparation method. While clarified butter is simply simmered until the milk solids separate from the butterfat, ghee simmers the butterfat with the milk solids, which caramelize and give a nutty flavor.

Because the ghee is simmered longer, properly-produced ghee won’t have lactose or casein, and are typically safe for people with lactose intolerance.

Why do I use it? I don’t tolerate dairy well enough to eat it regularly, but dairy has specific nutrients that are only also found in organ meats. I don’t mind a little liver here and there, but I don’t eat it enough to get the nutrients consistently.

Ghee helps me out, and makes sure that I am getting the micronutrients that I need without the ill effects.

Making your own ghee is the most economic option, if you have the time. Its easy to find directions on how to make your own ghee on the internet, and Pinterest is an easy place to search

If you don’t have the time to make it, or want to try out one jar first, my favorite brand is Tin Star Foods, and I get their Brown Butter Ghee on Amazon:

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