How To Make Your Own Ghee

Ghee is my favorite fat to cook with on the trail. Why and how do I use it for backpacking recipes, as well as how to store it and where to buy, I’ve covered in a previous blog post. Now I’d like to tell you how to make your own ghee at home.

At first glance it may seem that this is a complex and time-consuming process. However, it’s a very simple task that can be accomplished in less than 30 minutes.

What you’ll need:

Good quality organic or grass-fed butter
A saucepan
A spoon
A fine meshed sieve
A large measuring cup or bowl
Glass or plastic wide-mouth jars to store your ghee in

How to make ghee

Cut the butter into 1 inch (2.5 cm) cubes. This will helps it to melt faster and more evenly.

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Place chopped butter into saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until completely melted.

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Reduce heat to medium-low and let the butter simmer. After several minutes the milk solids will start to separate. Using a spoon, remove them from the surface and discard.

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Soon, the butter begins to clear up.

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Continue to heat it until the milk solids at the bottom start to change color from golden yellow to toffee brown.

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Turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the stove. Let stand for a couple of minutes.

Line a fine mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth and set over a measuring cup or bowl. Carefully pour your ghee through the sieve. Discard the milk solids that get left behind.

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Allow the ghee to cool slightly, then transfer to a clean, dry glass or plastic wide mouth jar. Cover and let set for several hours at room temperature.

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Store in refrigerator for up to one year or until you are ready to put it in your backpack.

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  1. Nikki on December 28, 2023 at 2:53 am

    How long will it last outside of the fridge when on hiking and or canoe trips?

    • Tanya Krezevska on December 28, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      It depends on weather conditions. We took ghee on our 10-day trip to Sarek, Sweden in September and it was ok.

  2. Nikki on December 28, 2023 at 2:52 am

    How long will it last outside of the fridge when on hiking and canoe trips?

    • Tanya Krezevska on December 28, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      If it not too hot, its can last up to 7-9 days (from personal experience)

  3. Marine on July 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Hi ! Thanks for the illustrated recipe. Does it work with salted butter?

    • Tanya Krezevska on July 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

      Yes, you can. However, the salted butter will foam more when boiling, so, probaly, you’ll get less final product (ghee).

  4. Ally G. on May 9, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Hi Tanya and Roman,
    If I wanted to make Ghee using only one stick of butter, how could I go about heating it without using a big saucepan?

    • Tanya Krezevska on May 10, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Aly! Just take a small saucepan or pot.

  5. Anonymous on May 9, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Hey Tanya and Roman,

    How much Ghee would one stick of butter make?



  6. [email protected] on April 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Tanya and Roman,

    which container would you recommend for the Ghee in case you are on a 11 day canoeing trip?



    • Tanya Krezevska on April 25, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Hi, George!
      The perfect item you can use to pack and store ghee is a plastic screw-top jar with a wide mouth.

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