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jillthepilllady
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I use Ghee to replace butter, margarine or shortning and they always turn out wonderful.  The only thing I've noticed is that it makes for a crunchier cookie unless you eat them all while they are still warm (which my family tries to do!) UNLESS I put a slice of spelt bread in the container with the cookies to add some moisture.

This is the recommendation I got from Purity Farms, who makes most of the commercial Ghee around here:  If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup shortning, use 1/4 cup of Ghee.  If a recipe calls for 1/2 cup butter or margarine, use a little less than that amount of Ghee.

I have been making my own for a few years and finally have it down to a science now that I bought myself one of those huge wire funnels that holds a huge disposable cone-shaped filter.  They are made for filtering oil after using an outdoor turkey fryer.  This has saved me alot of time.  I bought the filter set at a GFS (Gordon Food Service) store.  

I agree though, it only turns out as good as the butter.  I try to start with organic butter when possible and never, never, never again will I buy Land o' Lakes from the supermarket--not even on sale.  

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Quoted from Kristin
Do you keep it in the fridge, Poly?


Yep!

Quoted from Kristin
Ghee does not need to be refrigerated....


Oh!

Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
...I find the hardness too weird and I like butter more.


Same here!

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Poly,

Blogger Suzanne has a recepy for spreadable ghee. She blogged about it. She mixes it with olive oil.


I'll go look for that - sounds very handy.

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You may have to move to a warmer climate to have it "less solid"



That could solve the problem as well. Hmmm... Hard decision...

Think I'll try our the olive oil solution first!

Thanks!


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Just take it out of the frige!  It keeps just fine on the shelf inside a cupboard.  As long as you don't contaminate it with dirty utensils, that is.  We always use a clean knife.  Actually most of ours dissappears in no time flat, with baking, but then, I've had some at my camper for a long time and it does fine there too.  There, I try to put in the frige when we leave and get it out and keep it out while we are there so it is ready to use.  But I have heard mixing with olive oil is great too and makes it soft even out of the frige but I think the recipe I have is less olive oil than Ghee, not quite half and half.  

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So how does one spread Ghee on bread?  Just mix it with olive oil and it becomes spreadable?  


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I've not had a problem spreading room temperature Ghee.



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So how does one spread Ghee on bread?  Just mix it with olive oil and it becomes spreadable?  


I found Suzanne's (as always) excellent blog about spreadable ghee!

Here: http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/h/archives/00000084.htm



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Absolutely LOVE ghee. I make it every other week from Organic Valley Butter. It is half the price as Purity Farms brand. I make  2-4 lbs a the the time and use it in all my cooking and baking.
I save the foam (milk fat) that comes up during the process of making the ghee and use it as moisturizer    (you have to keep it in the fridge). The ghee it self is a good moisturizer as well.

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Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
I find it a bit difficult to make cookies but regular pound to pound cakes are great with ghee. However I use a bit less ghee than eggs etc. like 5 eggs, 200 grams ghee, 250 grams sugar, 250 grams flour......

I asked my friends dad -Who used to be a baker (but gave up due to all the ready made powders flour products used to day- felt it was factury work !)
He says that when he was thaught baking cakes:
butter cakes lasted longer than margarine cakes and clarified butter cakes lasted longer than normal butter.
It was not the water in butter but the milky ..... things that make butter turn rancid so ...

 BUT I must admit that cake is a weekend thing here and the rest of cake is put in the freezer to avoid temptation during week so bad cakes is never a problem here


Is there a way to make pound cake without the sugar?
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Is there a way to make pound cake without the sugar?

Yes, you can make it with agave syrup. I have a recipe that I make for my DH with spelt flour. I have never tried this one with ghee, I always use butter. Don't want to make too many substitution as the cake does not rise as high as it does with sugar, but everyone likes it anyway.
I have no time now, but will post the recipe later in the Cook Right for yor Type section

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We found some new zealand butter in an Asian market.  Brand is:  ANCHOR.  This butter has a very low water content and tastes really good.  We just make our first batch of ghee with this butter, using Dr. D's instructions/method.  It still has a real buttery taste.  Yum!



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My ghee stays at room temperature all the time, and therefore never gets too hard to spread.  My favorite way to use it (besides all stir-fry) is to put a dallop on baked sweet potatoes. After getting used to the clean flavor of ghee, I would have a very hard time going back to butter.



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In my organic natural food store I've found a  new butter product:
100%GOAT BUTTER...
Is it BETTER than GHEE ( derived from COW's milk)?


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Goat milk ghee might be better than Cow's milk ghee, but the goat butter will still have milk solids.  Since goat milk is a Type II avoid, those milk solids might not make the goat butter a better choice than regular ghee.


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Does anyone have a suggestion for over the counter ghee?  I live near many Indian and Pakistani groceries and was wondering if the store bought stuff is as good.

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One question is it made from organic butter?


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Hard to tell with products from India.  In one sense, they seem to be less inclined to use the "technologically advanced" practices used in North America as far as chemicals are concerned.  On the other hand, things are advancing quite rapidly there now, so who knows.  I guess it's better to make my own and know what I'm getting!
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Always check for an expiration date, and look at the color.  If there's no expire date on the package, I wouldn't buy ut.

We've had to throw out lot's of ghee bought in small specialty markets (asian, indian, etc.) because the ghee was bad.


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Why does an O use ghee instead of butter?  
It seems like a lot of work when butter is neutral.  Is ghee beneficial?


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Why does an O use ghee instead of butter?  
It seems like a lot of work when butter is neutral.  Is ghee beneficial?



Yes, ghee is a bennie in most of the Health Series Books, and a good source of byuterate (sp?), which helps to heal the colon.


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Welcome mikendomsmum,

It is not much work to make ghee.  Put the butter in a pan at a low heat and keep an occasional eye on it over the next hour or two. Using a low heat is important. When you take it off the stove strain it into a mason jar or whatever.  That is all there is to it.

I suppose you do have to wash the pan and the strainer afterwards, but I usually have other things to wash anyways.


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According to the typebase it's still a neutral for O's unless I'm missing something.  Does it taste much different than butter?  Does it taste like browned butter?


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Yes, in TYPEbase 4 ghee is listed as neutral, but as KK wrote it is listed as beneficial for type O in at least 6, I don't have the other 2 yet, of the Health Library books. In those same books butter is downgraded to neutral, infrequent, meaning no more then 1-2 times a month.

Ignoring the beneficial/neutral food ratings anyway you look at it ghee is going to be better for a type O than butter, since ghee has the milk solids cooked out of it.

It has been so long since I have had butter that I can't easily describe the difference in taste between butter and ghee. All I can say is that it is similar, but different.


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According to the typebase it's still a neutral for O's unless I'm missing something.  Does it taste much different than butter?  Does it taste like browned butter?


It has a much more fuller taste than butter. It's just fat.  It doesn't have any milk solids in it or water/moisture.  Consequently,  you can cook with it at a much higher burn point than say, olive oil, or butter.  For us, it's a great fat to fry in since we do lots of stir fry type cooking.  The food value for Ghee changes for Type O and A in the Health Series Books.  So, it becomes a beneficial, which means it's good for those trying to deal with a health issue, and improve or reverse say, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, etc.


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OK, I'll try it!  What are the "Health Library" books.  A ton of stuff came up when I did a search.  


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OK, I'll try it!  What are the "Health Library" books.  A ton of stuff came up when I did a search.  


Dr. Peter wrote eight books, each one targeting a specific health issue.

Cancer
Diabetes
Cardiovascualr Health
Fatigue
Arthritis
Allergies
Menopause
Aging

They are available through NAP; some libraries might have them.


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