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The Importance of Cooking with Traditional Fats: Butter and Ghee

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In today’s vodcast, I chat about the importance of cooking with traditional fats with a focus on butter and ghee as they are often the easiest to first incorporate into your traditional foods kitchen.

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Cooking with Traditional Fats: Butter

When it comes to eliminating processed fats out of our pantries, the easiest replacement is butter. Who doesn’t love butter! Salted or unsalted, butter can’t be beat for topping toast, smearing on cooked veggies, and adding to baked goods.

Butter is a real fat and not processed in the way margarine and other vegetable oils are. So empty your pantry of those rancid fats, and start using butter.

Cooking with Traditional Fats: Ghee

When it comes to cooking with butter, you need to keep the smoke point in mind. What is a smoke point? It’s the temperature at which a fat should not be overheated to prevent it from becoming rancid.

Butter’s smoke point is 350°F. You can sauté with butter, but you need to be careful to make sure that you do not overheat it because you do not want to burn the milk solids present in the butter.

But what if you want to cook at a higher temperature and you want to use a traditional fat? Ghee or clarified butter comes to the rescue!

You can make your own ghee or clarified butter by melting butter in a saucepan. The oil part of the butter floats to the top, and the milk solids settle to the bottom. If you strain out those milk solids, you have plain clarified butter. If you allow those milk solids to sit on the bottom of the saucepan and toast up a bit, you have ghee.

Ghee is especially tasty and my preferred form of clarified butter. Since plain clarified butter and ghee both have a smoke point of 450°F, they’re perfect for high temp cooking!

More Butter videos

Want to learn how to make your own butter that’s also cultured with gut-loving good bacteria? I’ll show you how to make cultured butter with only two ingredients in the following recipe video.

When you make butter, you get REAL buttermilk as a byproduct. But if you don’t want to make your own butter, you can make buttermilk substitutes for all your baking and homemade salad dressing needs. In the following recipe video, I show you how to make four different buttermilk substitutes.

Now that you know how to make buttermilk, be sure to try making one of these homemade salad dressings!

More Cooking with Traditional Fats Videos

UPDATE: Here are the other videos in my Importance of Cooking with Traditional Fats series:

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