We've just broadened our offering of flavours from Lee's Ghee in the store and it seemed like a good opportunity to answer some questions about ghee in general and offer some options for how to make use of it at home.
So, first, what is ghee, exactly? Well, when you melt butter and let it boil for a bit, the water in it evaporates and the milk solids settle to the bottom. Strain those away and the butter fat that is left will be solid at room temperature, and since the moisture content is very low and there are no more milk solids left in it, it can be kept for a long time without refrigeration. Lee suggests a shelf life of up to a year with her products.
Of course, what makes her ghee a bit out of the ordinary is a) the organic, grass-fed butter she starts with and b) the infusions and aging she applies to the basic product.