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Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 3:38pm
I finally bought some ghee, but I don't know what to do with it.  Any suggestions from any of you?
Posted by: Don, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 3:40pm; Reply: 1
Use it like you would use butter.
Posted by: Brighid45, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 3:54pm; Reply: 2
Ghee is really great for saute or stir-fry. I also use it in place of butter in mashed sweet potatoes, cook my eggs and greens in it, and have also used it in some recipes in place of butter.

Once you get used to ghee, you might want to consider making your own. It's really easy and can be cheaper than buying it. Check the Cook Right forum for the thread on ghee, it's a good one. :)

I love ghee and rarely use butter any more. The taste is delicious and adds subtle flavor to all sorts of dishes. And it's good for you too! Can't ask for much more than that.  :)
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 4:46pm; Reply: 3
'It's like putting candy on your vegetables' ;)

Debra :)
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 5:20pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from debra
'It's like putting candy on your vegetables' ;)


  Use it on anything you wish..........it's so yummy!!!!  Just made a mess o' sweet potatoes.....smothered w/ ghee...... it's like
Posted by: meribelle, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 7:57pm; Reply: 5
It is kind of scarey......... does it taste different than butter?
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 7:59pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from meribelle
It is kind of scarey......... does it taste different than butter?


it still tastes like butter, only better. Hey, when you can melt down a tablespoon full and take it by itself, that spells good!!!!  ;D  Some people take it w/o melting it first.
Posted by: Brighid45, Sunday, September 30, 2007, 10:27pm; Reply: 7
It does look scary because it's sort of Day-Glo yellow, but the taste is soooo good! It's a combination of buttery goodness with a nutty caramelized kick. Not sweet at all, just yummy! Dig in, it's great stuff!
Posted by: Mitchie, Monday, October 1, 2007, 9:46am; Reply: 8
I love ghee.  Having been a butter hound all my life I was totally bummed when I learned butter was an avoid.  But after the first time I made ghee and discovered that's what the restaurants use I was one happy camper!

If you like butter, you'll really like ghee.
Posted by: italybound, Monday, October 1, 2007, 12:49pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Mitchie
I ... discovered that's what the restaurants use.


:o :o  what restaurants? I'd fall over from shock if I learned one here used ghee, unless it was an Indian restaurant (or whatever culture it is that usually used it ???).  but , please,  do tell!!  :)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, October 1, 2007, 3:14pm; Reply: 10
Ghee can be substituted for butter in many situations, though I wouldn't use it on bread, unless you like unsalted butter on bread. My two cents. It's great to put on vegetables (as others have already pointed out), and great for baking, sauteeing, roasting, etc.

If you can find Wellshire Farms turkey bacon (nitrate-free), try frying up some turkey bacon in a little ghee. OMGoodness! Yumm!
Posted by: italybound, Monday, October 1, 2007, 4:02pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from outdoordrea
Ghee can be substituted for butter in many situations, though I wouldn't use it on bread, unless you like unsalted butter on bread
If you can find Wellshire Farms turkey bacon (nitrate-free), try frying up some turkey bacon in a little ghee. OMGoodness! Yumm!


Still great on bread even unsalted IMHO.   ;)   or just sprinkle some sea salt on top. either, just yummilicious!!
And thanks for the tip on the bacon.....I've had the T/bacon before, it was ok, but yes!! I'm imagining now how much better it would be fried up in ghee!!!! Wheeeeeeee!!!!
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, October 1, 2007, 5:41pm; Reply: 12
We have a local brand of turkey bacon made from thigh meat (Godshall's). The strips are thick and don't crisp up easily, but when you fry them in a bit of ghee they come out nice and crispy-chewy. They make the best BLTs! :)

Most restaurants do use a form of clarified butter. It's a concentrate and the most popular brand name escapes me right now . . . my workplace sells it. It's easier to use clarified butter for the same reasons it's easier to use ghee--no refrigeration needed as long as moisture is kept out of the jar, and a little of the concentrated flavor goes a long way. I'd much rather use ghee though. The clarified butter concentrates can have hydrogenated vegetable oil in them to keep them stable--Transfat Central!
Posted by: Lola, Monday, October 1, 2007, 11:10pm; Reply: 13
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I wouldn't use it on bread, unless you like unsalted butter on bread.


sprinkle with salt then, but do use ghee on your bread! ;)
Posted by: Drea, Monday, October 1, 2007, 11:15pm; Reply: 14
I guess since I don't like butter on my bread, it makes sense that I wouldn't like ghee on it, either. In fact, if I didn't eat bread at all, I wouldn't mind a bit.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 2:04am; Reply: 15
Quoted from outdoordrea
I guess since I don't like butter on my bread, it makes sense that I wouldn't like ghee on it, either. In fact, if I didn't eat bread at all, I wouldn't mind a bit.


would you mind sharing some of that with me? please.................still love the bread, tho I rarely eat it.  :-/
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 2:06am; Reply: 16
I love bread, too. Too much, in fact. I've been known to eat the whole loaf in one day. I don't do that with rye bread (100% rye sourdough, made by French Meadows); that I can eat one slice of, and be done.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 2:51am; Reply: 17
Quoted from outdoordrea
I love bread, too. Too much, in fact. I've been known to eat the whole loaf in one day..


I could do that too Drea, if I'd let myself, and if it were fresh baked right out of the oven w/ some good ol' ghee and a nice jam. Yummmmmmm!!! Now, gotta get off this bread train.  ;) ;D
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 7:35am; Reply: 18
I love ghee - but I would never use it on bread.....
It does not have that silky soft feeling like cold (jersey) butter has.. ( and I am used to cultured and salted butter as well) sorry
If I was an A I would use ghee on all things but bread and use some of the yummi nut and seed butters that this B can´t have  :'(

I´m just glad that we are a B and O sec household so Butter is on our weeeknd bread and ghee is used  when we fry and bake
Posted by: meribelle, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 9:41am; Reply: 19
I am going to have kale and/or summer squash for supper.  I plan on using ghee in place of butter.  I will let you know what I think.  

As for bread, it is dangerous for me, in addition to being an avoid.  I could (and have) eat the whole loaf in the years gone by before the BTD.  Now I know that Avoids "call" to me and I just have to not answer the call.
Posted by: Mitchie, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 9:43am; Reply: 20
Quoted from pkarmeier


:o :o  what restaurants? I'd fall over from shock if I learned one here used ghee, unless it was an Indian restaurant (or whatever culture it is that usually used it ???).  but , please,  do tell!!  :)


My fave restaurant pre-BTD was Outback where I would always get a big filet mignon with a ramiken of melted butter (yes, I dipped my steak in the butter).  Anyway, I asked how the butter was prepared (as it looked and tasted different than just melted butter) and the server said they cook it in the oven.  I interpreted this as making ghee although I could be totally wrong.  It does taste exactly like the ghee I make though.

And many years ago when I worked in restaurants we would make ghee in the pizza oven.  I had no idea that's what we were doing though.

Brighid says there is a substitute which could have been what Outback was using? :-/
Posted by: Susana, Tuesday, October 2, 2007, 9:59pm; Reply: 21
I also find butter better on bread but I prefer ghee on sprouted bread, although I accompany it with marmalade especially fig. Actually, if I have ghee on any bread I need marmalade.

I love ghee on vegetables and frittatas or even over a good sirloin :o

:K)
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 12:25am; Reply: 22
Okay, here is my opinion of ghee, which I am sure you have all been waiting for!!  I put a spoon of it in a pot of yellow squash that I cooked down on top of the stove.  Added a little salt and it was delicious.  I really could not tell the difference in it and butter.  

Now I will get up the nerve to spread it on Eziekel (don't know how to spell it, but I can eat it!)bread toast..........
Posted by: sluggerbean, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:02am; Reply: 23
I just bought a jar of ghee.  Does it need to be refrigerated?
Posted by: meribelle, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:13am; Reply: 24
These nice people on this site told me, "no."   Hope you enjoy it.  Aren't we brave adventurous to try new things?
Posted by: sluggerbean, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:18am; Reply: 25
Yes.  I have wanted to make some, but I don't think I have the cooking skills to pull it off.  I was so happy to find some in the grocery store!!!  I can hardly wait to use it on a sweet potato! :-)
Posted by: Drea, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:59am; Reply: 26
Quoted from sluggerbean
Yes.  I have wanted to make some, but I don't think I have the cooking skills to pull it off.  I was so happy to find some in the grocery store!!!  I can hardly wait to use it on a sweet potato! :-)


No cooking skills needed; especially if you use the oven method. CLICK. Homemade ghee tastes *way* better than store-bought.
Posted by: Karen74, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 1:59am; Reply: 27
What I've always been told about refrigerating food is "once refrigerated, always refrigerate." So that means if you bought ghee in the store refrigerator, you should refrigerate it at home.  But if you bought it on the shelf at room temperature then you don't have to refrigerate it.
Posted by: italybound, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 2:33am; Reply: 28
Quoted from sluggerbean
I just bought a jar of ghee.  Does it need to be refrigerated?


Adding to Karen74's comment - you dont have to refrigerate ghee, BUT be sure to always, always use a clean and dry utensil for dipping. If you dip the ghee and stir w/ the same spoon, use a new, clean and dry spoon to dip more, if needed. :-) and enjoy!!!  :)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 4:47am; Reply: 29
if your ghee was refrigerated in the store when you bought it, the condensation when opening it may contaminate your ghee.......so you would need to refrigerate it after using.
but if bought standing on a shelf, then do what Italy just mentioned.
Posted by: jillthepilllady, Thursday, October 4, 2007, 1:26pm; Reply: 30
The directions that I use in making GHEE says to refrigerate for about 45 minutes after making it, which I do.  I also keep my unopened jars in the frige until I'm ready to open a new jar (since I make 6 pounds at a time).  I have never had condensation form in ANY of my jars.  I think this is due to the fact that the water is evaporated out when it is properly cooked.  I have been making my own Ghee for years.  The only time I've had any spoilage was from excessive heat when I accidentally left it on the counter in my camper when we went home.  I usually put it in the frige anytime we're not there with the AC on.  At home, I keep out only one opened jar at a time as my house is air conditioned.  

Some of my favorite uses for Ghee is greasing pans, frying eggs or fish, or as a replacement for shortning such as baking cookies, bread, etc.  
Posted by: ruthie, Thursday, October 4, 2007, 1:41pm; Reply: 31
Ghee is a staple around my house.  I drank it in India as part of Ayurvedic treatment and did not know what it was.  I was able to find it at an International store in an university town near me which caters to that population.
Upon reading DrD's first book...it was one of the first things that convinced me that he was going to be my main source of info.
I no longer buy it, cause it is so easy to make.
namaste
ruthie
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 4, 2007, 6:27pm; Reply: 32
I have never refrigerated ghee .........
Posted by: Brighid45, Friday, October 5, 2007, 12:45am; Reply: 33
The only time I refrigerate ghee is usually in the middle of summer when the kitchen tends to stay hot throughout the day.
Posted by: Drea, Friday, October 5, 2007, 1:20am; Reply: 34
I used to refrigerate it until I found out that you don't have to. It's a lot easier to use/measure when it's not hard.
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