Make your own Ghee and enjoy its benefits
May 09, 2015
Ghee, called "liquid gold" in India for its therapeutic and culinary qualities, is almost as simple as clarified butter. Ayurveda considers it a rasayana, a rejuvenating preparation. It has been part of Indian food and medicine for hundreds of years and is used both for consumption and for external use. Authentic ghee is one that is slowly cooked in a painstaking process that removes water, lactose, and protein.
Its delicious smoked flavor is reminiscent of nuts, it can be kept out of the fridge, it is used for cooking at high temperatures since it remains stable up to 250 degrees, and it is an ideal fat for those with lactose intolerance. For about 500ml of ghee you will need: • 750 grams of unsalted butter, organic if possible. • A thick-bottomed pan • A wooden spoon • A glass jar • A fine sieve • A piece of cloth or cheesecloth. 1. Put the butter in the pot over a very low heat, do not heat the pan beforehand so as not to burn it. Stir from time to time and do not cover it because we are looking for the evaporation of the water. 2. With the boil a foam will form, do not remove it, wait for it to evaporate. The elaboration will take on a golden color, you will see that the protein will remain on the walls of the pot and you will feel a rich toasted smell. 3. Check that the ghee is ready using a cotton swab. Dip it carefully in the preparation, if it doesn't sizzle, there is no more water and your ghee is ready. 4. Strain the ghee through the fine strainer with the cheesecloth inside the glass jar. 5. Let cool uncovered until solid. If your ghee is well made it will keep out of the fridge for up to a year. Recommendation The most important thing is to control the intensity of the fire. The moment when it begins to change color is fundamental, there you must be very careful so that it does not burn. In any case, if this happens, save it to use as a skin moisturizer, among other things.
Benefits Ghee has monounsaturated oils, that is, healthy fats that do not increase cholesterol, which is why it is associated with the prevention of cancer and heart disease. It contains antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins A, D, E, and K. According to Ayurveda, ghee facilitates the absorption of the components of certain plants that are very beneficial for our health (it is part of the formula of Chyavanaprasha) • Strengthens the brain, lungs, liver (HDL) and immune system. • Contains unsaturated fatty acids, healthy for the cardiovascular system. • Purifying liver, bile ducts and intestines. • Indicated in lactose intolerant. • Regulates and stimulates digestion, lubricating the intestinal microvilli. • Natural antioxidant. • Nourishes the skin, rejuvenates it, applied quickly prevents scars and burns. • Improves memory. Try it, your meals will be super tasty and your physical and emotional health will thank you. Make your own Ghee and enjoy the benefits of it!