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How To Clarify Butter

Clarified butter, also called ghee, is pure butter fat that has had the oil and solids in the butter separated. It adds a rich buttery flavour to food and has a much higher smoke point than regular butter, which means it can go to a much higher temperature without burning. It also has a longer shelf life than butter. It’s often used for grilling steaks or tofu, starting off curries and to make certain sauces.

How To Clarify Butter


  1. Heat the butter very slowly until it has melted (not bubbling)
  2. Let it stand for 2 minutes, then carefully pour the clear yellow liquid at the top into a jar
  3. This can now be used for cooking or to pour over pâtés or terrines
  4. Be careful not to pour any of the solids at the bottom into the jar

The clarified butter can be refrigerated for an even longer shelf life.

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