Clarified butter is a versatile cooking fat that adds mouthwatering flavor whether you’re sautéing, frying or baking dishes. Learn how to clarify butter easily and store it for use in everyday recipes!

Clarified butter is a versatile cooking fat that adds mouthwatering flavor whether you’re sautéing, frying or baking dishes. Learn how to clarify butter easily and store it for use in everyday recipes!

You can use clarified butter for steakpork chopsshrimp or just to drizzle over popcorn. It has a higher smoke point than regular butter to more easily withstand browning or burning.

Clarified butter is a clear liquid with a bright yellow color and it's ideal for sautéing, baking without the risk of browning like regular butter

Clarified butter is keto and also an excellent dairy substitute if you’re lactose intolerant or paleo, since the milk solids are removed.

There are also health benefits including vitamin content, improved digestion and reduced inflammation.

WHAT IS CLARIFIED BUTTER?

Clarified butter is regular butter that has been simmered to allow its water content to evaporate and its milk solids to separate out. The pure leftover butterfat is called liquid gold for its deep golden color and delicious flavor.

Clarified butter is a clear cooking fat made by removing water and milk solids from regular butter. It's called liquid gold for its bright color and delicious flavor

Clarified butter and ghee are closely related. The main difference is that ghee is boiled longer, causing the milk solids to caramelize on the bottom of the pan and imparting a nutty flavor that’s popular especially in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

HOW TO MAKE CLARIFIED BUTTER

The easiest way to clarify butter is on a stovetop because you can control the boiling process.

Put solid butter into a saucepan and allow it to melt on low-medium heat. It will soon start to boil, allowing water in the butter to evaporate while the milk solids sink to the bottom. The exact boiling time depends on the butter’s water content, which can vary between brands and batches.

Milky froth accumulates on the surface during boiling and needs to be removed off with a skimmer or spoon. When the process is complete, you pour the clear liquid away from any milky residues to create clarified butter. A cheesecloth is helpful to catch any leftover milk solids.

Here’s what the process looks like:

Learn how to clarify butter in a saucepan using a few simple steps

HOW TO CLARIFY BUTTER IN THE MICROWAVE

You can also clarify butter in the microwave, although more trial and error is involved. Put the butter into a microwaveable measuring cup or bowl, and microwave on low power for 7-10 minutes. Every minute or so, you’ll need to pause the microwave to skim milky froth off the surface of the butter.

When the process is complete, pour the liquid off the same way as on the stovetop to remove leftover solids:

When you're considering how to make clarified butter, a cheesecloth is helping for removing any specks of browned milk solid that may have formed on the bottom of the pan during clarification

TIPS FOR CLARIFYING BUTTER

  • Unsalted butter is less likely to burn during boiling, although you can still use salted butter if you prefer.
  • It’s normal to sometimes hear sputtering sounds during boiling, indicating that the water is evaporating out through the fat.
  • Store clarified butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. The shelf life is similar to that of regular butter.
  • Use the milky residue leftover from clarification for added flavor in pancakes or baked goods. You can also discard it.

Clarified butter can be stored in the fridge in a mason jar or a similar container. It will solidify and can be spooned out for use in cooking when required

Clarified Butter is a flavorful cooking fat that is easy to make at home
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How to Make Clarified Butter

Clarified butter is a versatile cooking liquid that adds amazing flavor to many dishes. Learn how to clarify butter easily at home and store it for use in everyday cooking!
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb unsalted butter, see note

Instructions

  • Cut the butter into pieces and add to a small saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan over low-medium heat, allowing the butter to melt completely and start bubbling.
  • Reduce heat to the lowest setting. 
  • A milky froth will start appearing on the surface. Use a skimmer or spoon to keep removing it until no more appears (up to 10-15 minutes).
  • Meanwhile place a sieve over a medium measuring cup or bowl and line with several layers of cheesecloth (optional).
  • Remove saucepan from heat and slowly pour the clear liquid into the cheesecloth or sieve, taking care not to pour in any milky residue from the bottom.
  • Use as directed in your recipe or transfer to a mason jar for storage.

Notes

  • Unsalted butter is less likely to burn during boiling, although you can still use salted butter if you prefer.
  • It's normal to sometimes hear sputtering sounds during boiling, indicating that the water is evaporating out through the fat.
  • Store clarified butter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. The shelf life is similar to that of regular butter.
  • Use the milky residue leftover from clarification for added flavor in pancakes or baked goods. You can also discard it.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 9mg, Vitamin A: 945IU, Calcium: 9mg
Author: TipBuzz
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: French, Indian
Keyword: clarified butter, how to clarify butter
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EQUIPMENT FOR CLARIFYING BUTTER