How NOT to Make Ghee

Sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

Ghee mess all over the stove

Ghee Explosion!

Last Wednesday at GAPS™ Group I demonstrated how to make ghee, (aka clarified butter). Since it takes about an hour I had two pots going on the stove. One to show how it begins, and another pot that I began early to show how to finish it.

After finishing the “finish” pot, I turned the “beginning” pot off and put a lid on it to keep bugs out while we went over our lesson about Gut & Psychology Syndrome.

At the end of GAPS Group I decided I’d turn the pot back on and finish that batch of ghee while I made my lunch. I turned the burner on low as the last Group member was leaving. I walked her to the door and figured the ghee would be fine alone for just 1 or 2 minutes.  Then I promptly forgot about it as we chatted.

A few extra minutes went by and then we heard a loud “pop.” Apparently hot oil builds up pressure fast. I peaked around the corner to see flames shooting up from under the pot. I ran to the kitchen and turned the gas off and pulled the pot off the burner. The flame died down right away and I was just left with a giant mess of melted butter!

Otis cleaning up ghee

Otis cleaning up ghee

On the bright side:

  • No one was in the kitchen to get scalded by the hot explosion
  • My kitchen didn’t catch on fire
  • Otis, the cat, helped with the cleaning  –>
  • I coined the term “Ghee-saster”

On the not so bright side, when the pot blew its top, ghee sprayed out 6 feet in every direction. And I mean every direction! All across the kitchen, dining room, china cabinet, ceiling, dripping in the drawers, inside the fan, on the handles of cabinets, all over the floor…you get the picture.

I spent 5 hours cleaning up the greasy mess that day. And it’s still not totally clean. I keep finding droplets here and there. Plus there’s that place at the very top of the cabinets above the stove that I can’t reach with my stepladder. Not to mention the ceiling.

Without the GAPS Diet this never would have happened to me because I never made ghee until we went on it. On the other hand, I give credit to the GAPS Diet for keeping me calm in stressful situations. If this had happened a few years ago I would have been an angry, swearing, crying mess! These days I handle stress a lot better and I realize that getting angry doesn’t change a darn thing, so I might as well just start cleaning.

Don’t get me wrong, all that cleaning sucked and I was exhausted by the end of the day. Even though I consider myself a great cook and have a lot of experience cooking for GAPS, things don’t always go perfectly. Crappy stuff happens to everyone sometimes. A lesson was learned and I won’t turn my back on ghee again.

I like to show off nice finished recipes on my blog and encourage you to try new things, but I don’t want to give you the impression that things are perfect in my kitchen. Or that I have any super-human cooking skills.

I do however have a sense of humor about almost everything and an attitude that I can learn anything, but failing from time to time comes along with it.

So as you learn from success, learn from my mistakes too.

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What finished ghee should look like

What finished ghee should look like

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