Ghee is one of the very common ingredient in Indian cooking. It is also used very heavily in traditional Indian medicine also known as Ayurveda and to light holy lamp (diya) in temples and in homes. Ghee is also approved for Paleo Lifestyle .
Me and my daughter have been making ghee at home from butter (unsalted) for a long time on stove top. Few months back my daughter had put butter on stove top to make ghee and she had to attend to kids on middle of it and she ended up burning her ghee ! Since than she has tried making ghee in crock pot and it came out great.
So here is step by step recipe to make ghee in slow cooker. If you do not have slow cooker or would like to follow stove top method, I have provided variation at the bottom of the post.
2 pound sweet cream butter (unsalted)
Method: Making Ghee in Crockpot/Slow Cooker
1. Place butter in slow cooker and set slow cooker on high. Do not cover it.
2. In 30 minutes or so butter starts melting.
3. About 2 hours into the process butter is melted and is boiling. You can see foam on top.
4.Little over three hours later foam is breaking apart. Water part from butter is evaporating.
5. 4 hours later, all the foam is gone and you can see slight brownish tint. Ghee is ready now.
Stainless Steel Strainer
or cheese cloth. Do not use plastic utensil as ghee is very hot and will melt them. Also please be careful while filtering the ghee as it is very hot and it might burn you.
7. You may store at room temperature or in freeze. It will stay fresh for couple of months at room temperature also.
If you do not have slow-cooker or if you wish to make ghee on stove top, you can just put butter in a heavy bottom vessel and put it on low-medium flame. You can follow its melting process just like mentioned in pictures above. Just that it will be much quicker. For 2 lbs it will be about 45 minutes or so. If you have any trouble making ghee send me an email or drop a comment below.
Recipes to makes using Ghee in Slow Cooker:
1. Slow Cooker Carrot Halwa
2. Slow Cooker Sweet Pongal
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