For a long time, I’ve stopped using butter and have substituted ghee. I sear most of our meat in a scorching hot cast iron skillet, and ghee has such a high flash point that I can get a really nice crust on our meats with it. I’ve been purchasing it at the grocery store, although it’s expensive - $10 for 9 oz. jar. Because it’s so expensive, I just use a few teaspoons in my pan mainly to avoid sticking. After removing the meat, I make a “sauce” with the ghee and meat drippings with water and some added bacon grease and pour it over the meat.
Yesterday, my husband and I were out shopping and came across an “international” food market. It appears that they cater predominantly to Asian, middle eastern and Indian customers, so we stopped in there to see how the ghee prices compared. I got a 32 oz. jar for $16.99! That amount would have equated to $35 if it were at the grocery store! Huge savings and definitely worth it to stop in when I am near the store. I love a bargain!