How to Clarify Butter Without Cheesecloth

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Butter is made from whole milk. Clarify butter without cheesecloth with help from a national fitness champion in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chrisie Allemand, founder of Nutrition Coach for Life. And I want to show you how to clarify butter without using cheesecloth. Butter is made from whole milk. To make butter they separate the cream which is used to make the butter. And the buttermilk which is used to make that's right, buttermilk. The butter you find in your grocery store is about 80 percent fat, 16 percent water and three percent milk solids. Now I'm going to show you how to clarify butter using items you already have in your kitchen. Here's what you'll need. Unsalted butter, a saucepan, a small fine strainer, a heat proof bowl, a coffee filter, a separate container for your finished product. And a spoon. First add two sticks of unsalted butter to a pan over medium heat. When the butter is mostly melted reduce your heat to low. After a few minutes you'll notice a foam or scum that rises to the top. And you'll want to remove it with your spoon. Continue to heat on low and you will notice more solids forming on the top and at the bottom of the pan. Remove as much from the top as you can. After about 20 minutes on low heat you will notice more separation in the layer of oil and the solid at the bottom. You'll also notice a deeper yellow color in the oil. Now you'll begin the manual separation process. Set up your strainer over a heat proof bowl and place your coffee filter over the strainer. Slowly pour the butter from your pan into the filter. Your finished product should be very fine with no milk solids. Clarified butter has a longer shelf life then regular butter but it's nutritional characteristics are the same as butter. So you must use this sparingly as clarified butter is very high in saturated fat. Store your clarified butter in the refrigerator for up to three months. Today you've seen how to clarify butter without using cheesecloth.


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