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Nov 8, 2006 07:15 PM

Source for Ghee in Center City?

Hi - does anyone know where I can purchase ghee (aka clarified butter) in center city? I know of a source online but wow, is it expensive. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. ghee is available at the whole foods off of the parkway... i am not sure about how the price compares to your online source. you can call and ask before you head over there.

    1. Whole foods on 10th and South has Purity Farms ghee. Not sure if its real ghee or just clarified butter. There's always the two indian markets at 42nd and chestnut and 42nd and walnut.

      1. International Foods and Spices on 42nd and Walnut carries ghee

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          1. Essene at 4th and Bainbridge probably carries it.
            When you learn how to make it yourself, you will not think of buying it elsewhere - just gently heat UNSALTED butter in a sauce pan, and in short, skim off the resulting white foam and solids until left with a clear golden liquid, filter the remaining clear golden liquid through a strainer into a glass container. That's a short description of the process. It's easy and inexpensive to do.

            1. re: FelafelBoy

              Eat the solids!!!!! Brown them and garnish Indian rice with them, hyper delicious. I was taught to let the butter gently cook after it melts for about an hour so it turns LIGHT brown. Keep your eyes on it! This gives it even more flavor.Ghee lasts forever in a jar in the fridge.Your own home made from good quality butter is FAR superior (not to mention fresher) than any you will buy.Clarified butter (butter with solids removed) is also very good for frying because it can be heated to high temps(no solids left to burn) and it imparts the most delicious flavor.

          2. Thanks for the suggestions. Now I think I will make it myself. My grandmother did it all the time and your description, FelafelBoy, makes it sound easy. Thanks, too, missclaudy, for the additional suggestions. I will be using this to make my grandmother's cookie recipe for mamoul, a Middle Eastern cookie. I grew up eating them and since she passed away many years ago I have been missing them greatly.

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            1. re: smn

              I love mamoul, what country was your granny from? When my daughter lived in Astoria, Queens, I bought them at fresh Laziza bakery all the time.You should absolutely check this place out next time you are in NYC. Worth the trip,the family has been making sweets for many generations.I believe they are Syrian.You can google Laziza Bakery.

              1. re: missclaudy

                Thanks for the bakery tip! I will definitely check it out. My grandparents on my dad's side were from Syria. Good food, for sure.