They say everything is better with butter. But what about when butter doesn’t agree with you? In stage two of the GAPS diet, you can have ghee, which is clarified butter. I’m going to show how to make ghee in the oven.
Butter is definitely a must have staple in my house! When it comes from grass fed cows, it is one of the healthiest fats there is.
Sometimes, though, you might have to take a break from butter. If you’re following the GAPS diet, butter isn’t allowed right away on the introduction diet. In stage two, ghee is introduced. Ghee is also known as clarified butter.
Butter contains some lactose. In the early stages of the GAPS diet especially, we want to give our gut a complete rest from things that are hard to digest, including lactose.
When you separate and remove the milk solids (that contain some lactose) from butter, you’re left with a pure, golden fat, called ghee.
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It’s best to stick with organic butter from grass fed cows. Just like with tallow, butter from grass fed cows contains the highest amount of beneficial nutrients.
The best place to source butter is from a local farm that makes their own butter from raw cream. If that’s not available, there are some decent options you can purchase from health food stores or even regular grocery stores. Just look for butter from grass fed cows, preferably organic.
How to make ghee in the oven
It’s a really easy, simple process! Basically, you melt your butter in a low, 250° F oven until it is completely liquid. Very carefully, you pour the top layer of golden fat into a jar. The key is to leave behind the white milk solids that settle to the bottom.
It works best to go slowly and carefully. You can rotate the pan to pour from a different corner, and that helps to get the most ghee without getting any milk solids. I show how to do this in a video below.
Using and storing ghee
Once you have your jar of gorgeous ghee, you can use it just like you would butter. You can cook with it, spread it on foods, and put it in recipes, in the place of butter.
Storage is exactly the same as butter also. You can keep ghee on the counter if you’ll be using it up within days. For longer term storage, keep it in the refrigerator. For all my tips on traveling on the GAPS diet, check out this post here.
How to make ghee in the oven directions
- Organic, grass fed butter
- Place butter in a glass pan.
- Warm butter in oven at 250° F until completely melted.
- Carefully pour clear, golden liquid off into a glass jar. Be careful to reserve the white part in the bottom of the pan and don’t pour it into the jar.
- Allow ghee to solidify.
- Store at room temperature as you would butter, or in the refrigerator for longer term storage.
How to make ghee in the oven video
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