does clarified butter freeze for later use?
HalfPint is a trusted home cook.
yes, and it can be stored, covered in glass or earthenware, at room temperature for 6 months. just make sure that no water/moisture gets into it.
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I have some in my freezer right now!
sexyLAMBCHOPx is a trusted home cook.
how do you freeze, i.e container, ziploc bag & how would you defrost for another recipe?
Ghee stays put quite happily at room temperature (at least 2 weeks).. refrigeration is sufficient for longer storage
The solids that cause butter to turn rancid are removed when the butter is clarified, so you shouldn't have to freeze it--as long as you are sure the milk solids were carefully skimmed off. Store it in an air tight container, though, so it doesn't pick up odors or flavors from other foods in the refrigerator. Ghee, clarified butter used in India, is one of those well-adapted foods--butter would go bad quickly in a tropical climate, but ghee keeps very well.
@Epiventures you can even keep it in the fridge in a stainless steel/glass container for later use as well. My mom makes usually makes a big batch in one go and then just keeps it in the fridge to use on an as-needed basis. It lasts a really long time.
I saw an article on this website,not long ago, about packing herbs in an ice tray and covering with oil, then freezing for use during the winter. I adapted that to useing clarified butter for some of my herbs.
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