How to Use Clarified Butter in Your Cooking

If you’re learning to cook, you’ll find that “clarified butter” comes up occasionally in ingredients lists. This is the cooking fat left behind when you remove milk solids and water from unsalted butter. Once you know the steps to make a batch of clarified butter, you’ll find it comes in handy for a number of applications.

Clarifying butter
Preparing clarified butter is easy, and when you have a supply you can use it for months to come. Alton Brown provided directions that call for a pound and a half of unsalted butter, but you can adjust the quantity to suit your needs. Cut the sticks into pieces about an inch long and place them in a saucepan.

Set the saucepan over medium heat to melt the butter. Drop the heat to a very low setting and let simmer for about 45 minutes. Skim the foam that appears on the surface and watch for the liquefied butter to turn clear.

Then, place a strainer or a few layers of cheesecloth over a heatproof bowl. Pour the butter through to remove the milk solids. Let the clarified butter cool, store it in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to six months, using as needed.

Use clarified butter to add new flavor to classic baked goods.Use clarified butter to add new flavor to your favorite baked goods.

Put a new spin on your baked goods
When used in baking, clarified butter adds a unique, nutty flavor to classic items. Cookie Madness suggested trying it out with chocolate chip cookies. In this recipe, clarified butter takes the place of the mixture of butter and shortening.

Start by combining flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat together clarified butter, both brown and granulated sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture and then the chocolate chips. Assemble the dough on a baking sheet and place it in an oven set to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 14 minutes.

Turn up the heat
One of the major advantages of clarified butter is its high smoke point. That makes it perfect for frying, and Serious Eats recommended using the butter to make fried chicken cutlets.

Season the cutlets with salt and pepper before dredging them in flour, egg and a mixture of panko and Parmesan cheese. Heat clarified butter in a cast-iron skillet until it reaches 375 degrees. Then, immerse the chicken in the fat and cook for about three minutes on each side.

Clarified butter is also great for potatoes, curries and stir fries. Anyone interested in basic cooking should get to know this tasty and versatile ingredient.

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