Homemade Instant Pot Ghee
Homemade Instant Pot Ghee or clarified butter also referred to as ‘Paleo Butter’ is a great cooking alternative. Add a small amount of ghee to any dish and it attributes an amazing flavor and a creamy texture to any meal.
Smell triggers memories and we all have fond memories of the foods that we enjoyed as children. Ghee for me is ONE of them. It brings back so many beautiful memories that I had spent with my mother. Homemade Instant Pot Ghee
She was an excellent cook and would feed us vegetables, bread and lentils smeared and cooked with generous amounts of homemade ghee and we loved it to the core. Back then everything in our house was cooked with ghee.
My cooking inspiration comes from my mom and whenever I make ghee it makes me nostalgic and reminds me of her cooking.
GHEE A MUST-HAVE!
Following the same tradition, ghee is still a staple in my house and I use it in my day-to-day-cooking. But instead of the traditional approach (cooktop method), I prefer to cook ghee at times in my crockpot and sometimes in my Instant Pot. Both the appliances are a great savior in the kitchen.
If I find myself needed to cook ghee in a shorter amount of time, I toss the butter in my IP and it gets done in 15 minutes.
But if you prefer a more relaxed approach, try making ghee in a slow cooker. It’s equally good. At times, when I like to slow cook my ghee than crockpot is my best buddy.
WHAT IS GHEE?
If you are not familiar with ghee then let me first give you a heads up. Ghee is a traditional food made from butter. And butter is made up of water + milk solids+ casein (a protein found in milk) + butterfat.
Boil and remove that water, casein, and milk solids. The liquid that is left behind is an all-cooked-up browned pure butterfat and that is GHEE!
These cooked browned milk solids are what brings out the nutty flavor of ghee.
NOW ONTO THE RECIPE!Homemade Instant Pot Ghee
The process to make ghee is pretty simple. Add the unwrapped butter stick to the instant pot and set your IP to ‘saute mode – normal setting’. Set an external timer for 15 minutes and watch the magic happen.
Soon the milk solids will begin to separate. Water will start to evaporate from butter and the caramelized milk solids will settle at the bottom of the pot. Once the timer goes off, switch off the IP as butter will continue to sizzle for few more minutes.
Allow it to cool, strain and you will have your very own homemade golden ghee!
COOKING TIMES VARY! Homemade Instant Pot Ghee
If you plan to cook a smaller batch of ghee than cooking times will vary. For 8 cups of butter, 32 ounces, cooking time will be somewhere between 10-12 minutes.
But if you plan to cook only 4 cups or 16 ounces of butter that cooking time will be just 8-9 minutes in ‘Saute mode’.
COOL FACTS ABOUT GHEE!
- Ghee is lactose-free. People who are lactose intolerant can consume ghee without any worries.
- Ghee is excellent for frying, cooking, and sauteing because it has a high smoking point of 480 degrees F. That means it won’t burn easily. But if ghee or any oil is heated past its smoke point, it is not healthy.
- Ghee is rich in vitamins and is excellent for digestion.
- Ghee has a long shelf life. If milk solids are burned properly, ghee can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 months.
Do give this method a try and if you happen to make ghee in IP, so drop me your comments below. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @ruchiskitchen (one word) or #ruchiskitchen. I would love to see your creation!
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