Clarified Butter, Yes Please!
Have you ever tried ghee or clarified butter? Usually found in health food stores, or in ethnic grocery stores, ghee can be quite expensive. Also, if your like me and you want the highest quality, 100% organic grass-fed ghee can cost you anywhere from $10 to $13 dollars for an 8 oz jar. Personally, that is too much for my budget. However, I can still have the same thing, for about $5.
What is "smoke point" and why is it important? Well, each cooking fat or oil has its own unique smoke point were the fats break down into a visible gaseous product called acrolein, or otherwise known as blue smoke. This smoke not only is irritating to the mucous membranes of our eyes and respiratory passages, but it is the visual sign that the cooking fats are breaking down, rendering a rancid fat. This tends to not only ruin the flavor of the food that is cooked but it can also be detrimental to our health if consumed. Rancid fats act as free radicals in our bodies, destroying cell membranes and causing an inflammatory reaction. Therefore, if you notice that the fat in your pan is smoking because you forgot to turn down the heat, it is wise to start over before continuing with your cooking.
Note: organic valley pastured butter is lightly salted but it still works fine