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Old 08-31-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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Help with Ghee Please

I have never seen or used Ghee. I have a friend in India who wants to make a pie crust. They don't have shortening, lard or Crisco....or anything like it...but they have Ghee. Would this be interchangeable with lard? Thank you!

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Old 08-31-2006, 11:12 PM   #2
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Yes she can use the same quantity of ghee as you would a vegetable shortening or lard.
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Old 09-01-2006, 12:07 AM   #3
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Ghee is basicaly clarified butter. If you use it instead of lard, you will get buttery awesomeness. Gooooooooooooooo! GHEE!
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Old 09-01-2006, 06:10 AM   #4
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limited varieties of shortening r available at most of the supermarkets all over the metros of India.

btw, ghee is obtained after unsalted butter is melteed over slow fire till it emits a nice aroma !! we smear ghee on rotis, put on top of rice when it is mixed with daals/curries, use to reduce the fieryness of a dish. she can use butter (white-unsalted) for making pie
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Old 09-01-2006, 08:36 AM   #5
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She should just use the solid butter that she uses to make ghee.

Just make sure the butter is cold.
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Old 09-01-2006, 05:34 PM   #6
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The ghee, being clarified, will make a flakier crust than butter will. Pure fats (crisco, lard and clarified butter) make flakier crusts.
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Old 09-01-2006, 05:48 PM   #7
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Extraordinary stuff, ghee. You can use it in your pies and they will taste extraordinary. I make my own - unsalted butter, cooked over very low heat for about an hour. The gunge goes to the bottom ( and remains there) while the foamy surface eventually crisps and is removed with a slotted spoon.The beautifully nutty golden liquid is bottled and used to cook Indian food.

If you've never made flaky parathas with ghee, you should try them.
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:57 PM   #8
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How long can you keep ghee in the fridge?
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Old 09-01-2006, 09:31 PM   #9
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How long can you keep ghee in the fridge?
I never keep it in the fridge. It's kept in glass jars in the cupboard. I've never noticed any deterioration, but then I use it quite a lot!
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Thank you all....she said the crust turned out fine...but I want to know how she knows when she's never had "pie" before? lol. Thank you for all the information!
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