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Old 03-15-2018, 01:42 PM   #21
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It would be funny if it was not so sad, but back in Soviet Union butter was not so easy to come by. Whenever my mother would get her hands on butter she would make gee/clarified butter because of its stable shelf life. That was done out of necessity, now it's a new trend, albeit useful.

And as a side note. After gee is made, set it on water bath add a bunch of baking chocolate mix well. Now you have chocolate butter. An amazing treat. Sorry do not know the percentages.

It is still a trend.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:20 PM   #22
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Am I a clown, or is ghee nothing more than clarified butter? please clarify my doubts as well! If it's something different, please educate me!
They're essentially the same. Ghee is sometimes browned for extra flavor.
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Old 03-15-2018, 03:56 PM   #23
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Am I a clown, or is ghee nothing more than clarified butter? please clarify my doubts as well! If it's something different, please educate me!

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Yes, ghee is clarified butter, but taken one step further. When you clarify butter, you strain or skim the milk solids out as soon as they separate. When making ghee, you allow the solids to remain in the butterfat and cook until they’re browned, then you strain it. The browned milk solids give the butter a dark golden hue and a delicious, rich, nutty flavor.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:49 PM   #24
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That is why in India they use ghee. It is not new. It is for the shelf life, I use it for the high smoke point. Plus I do like the flavour as well, with no extra salt.
Only when I make a brown butter sauce - I use unclarified salted butter to brown the solids.

Ghee should be from unsalted butter. I believe in North America the quantity of salt added to butter is not regulated. You could have some butters much saltier than others. This is the reason so many recipes specify unsalted butter. You then add the amount you know will be right for the dish.
The fact you are removing the water and milk solids from salted butter is going to make your ghee extremely salty.

It is becoming more popular in North America because more people are experimenting with other ethnic cooking and trying to use ingredients as close to the original as possible.
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Old 11-24-2021, 01:58 AM   #25
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You can, but not all the time. Some recipes are better with butter only.
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Old 11-24-2021, 02:48 AM   #26
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Martha Stewart uses melted butter and ghee as if it is the same thing?

Is clarification the difference?
Yes, clarification is definitely required. Someone should make it clear to Martha that melted butter and ghee are not the same thing.
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Old 11-24-2021, 07:10 AM   #27
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I miss JustJoel's postings.

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Old 11-24-2021, 08:08 AM   #28
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Ross, I keep hoping that those who've gone inactive are more from being fed up with us than some personal issue.

Funny how we worry about people we've never met but feel we sort of know and like, not personally but at least on these boards. For that reason I'd rather hear they were 'fed up' instead of being unable. Witness Pecanis and BuckyTom. Miss them and a few others too.
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Old 11-24-2021, 08:47 AM   #29
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Ross, I keep hoping that those who've gone inactive are more from being fed up with us than some personal issue.

Funny how we worry about people we've never met but feel we sort of know and like, not personally but at least on these boards. For that reason I'd rather hear they were 'fed up' instead of being unable. Witness Pecanis and BuckyTom. Miss them and a few others too.
Yes. I know that a few just got fed up or feelings hurt and left us.

I do recall that Joel and/or his partner seemed to be having health problems and I worry that is the reason he left. There are others who's names I cannot come up with who seemed to have had health issues also.

If someone leaves because of anger or hurt feelings, its one thing. It is those who might be ill that I am concerned with.

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Yes. I know that a few just got fed up or feelings hurt and left us.

I do recall that Joel and/or his partner seemed to be having health problems and I worry that is the reason he left. There are others who's names I cannot come up with who seemed to have had health issues also.

If someone leaves because of anger or hurt feelings, its one thing. It is those who might be ill that I am concerned with.

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That's what worries me too.
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