How long does clarified butter (homemade) last in the fridge?

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser October 19, 2010

A long time because it's the dairy solids that go rancid most quickly, and since you remove them when clarifying, the butter will last longer. I'd say at least a month.

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pierino
pierino October 19, 2010

A damn long time. You've taken the milk solids out of it and you are left with what (we hope) is pretty much clear butter fat. Great for omelets!

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames October 19, 2010

Julie Sahni says three to four months. That's if you use her method for making "ghee." If done the way Ms. Sahni recommends, it will keep without refrigeration as well for some time. (Her method is a bit more time and labor intensive than Amanda's but yields an amazing caramel of browned butter solids, which remain in the pan when you pour off the ghee, but which can be put to other uses . .. . and because you have browned the butter a bit, the clarified butter has a lovely nutty taste.) ;o)

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allie
allie October 19, 2010

Amanda, can you post your clarified butter method somewhere on the site - and apologies if I missed it.

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Amanda Hesser
Amanda Hesser October 19, 2010

Allie: Very slowly melt butter in a saucepan, making sure you don't disturb it by stirring or shaking the pan. Once it's completely melted, spoon off the white foam on top and discard it. Line sieve with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl, then slowly pour the melted butter through the sieve, stopping just as the white solids on the bottom start streaming into the sieve. The clear yellow liquid in the bowl is the clarified butter.

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Mr_Vittles
Mr_Vittles October 19, 2010

Clarified butter can last a very long time, many Indian kitchens have a small pot of ghee, a variation on clarified butter, that sits on the counter at all times.

I have found the quickest way to make clarified butter is in the microwave. Simply add a stick of butter to microwave save container (I use a liquid measuring cup) and zap it for ninety seconds on power 7. The milk solids separate beautifully and are easily removed with a tea spoon. What you have left is the most beautiful, easy clarified butter.

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allie
allie October 19, 2010

Amanda, many thanks for the technique.

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innoabrd
innoabrd October 20, 2010

Preservation was probably the original reason for making ghee. It's often found in food aid packages too, where it is often called butter oil, because of it's long shelf-life. I've kept store-bought for over a year in the fridge without it deteriorating, though it should last at room temp for a good long time as well. I'd think the key with homemade would be how carefully you clarified it.

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pauljoseph
pauljoseph October 20, 2010

All about clarified butter (homemade) http://www.vahrehvah.com/Ghee+making:6086

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pauljoseph
pauljoseph October 20, 2010

this is the link http://www.vahrehvah.com/Ghee+making:6086

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