How to Make Clarified Butter

Aug 31, 2020

Clarified butter, also known as drawn butter, is a butter with the milk solids removed. The clear yellow fat that remains has a high smoke point meaning it can stand up to cooking on high heat for a longer period of time without burning. You also want to use clarified butter when you want the flavor of butter, rather than the flavor of oil. You will also find clarified butter called for in many Keto recipes.

How to Make Your Own Clarified Butter

To begin, be sure to use a good quality of unsalted butter. You can clarify any quantity you want.

  • Heat the unsalted butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat until it's melted.
  • Let simmer until the foam rises to the top of the melted butter.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and skim off the foam using a spoon.
  • Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set the strainer over a heatproof bowl.
  • Carefully pour the pure yellow butter through the cheesecloth-lined strainer leaving behind any solids from the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the yellow fat into a container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months or in the freezer.

Brown Butter

If you continue cooking the butter before straining, it will turn a nutty-brown color. This brown butter is often called for when making cakes and pastries. See attached Almond Brown-Butter Cake. This is one of my favorite cake recipes and one that I'm often asked to make for family and friends.

Download: Almond Brown Butter Cake

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