How to Use African Shea Butter
Shea butter is a multipurpose cooking and skincare butter. Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. Food grade raw shea butter is edible and used in many food recipes. Shea butter has a very strong nutty taste and scent.
Eight African countries produce high quantities of Shea nuts; they are in order Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Bénin, Togo and Guinea. The nuts of shea tree can be collected and processed by crushing and grinding by hand or a machine to yield shea butter. Shea has long been recognized for its emollient and healing properties, ideal for soothing skin in the dry climate of the region. Reports of its use go back as far as the 14th century.
Most raw and unrefined Shea butter comes from producers in Africa who export the product for further refining. Raw shea butter is butter is shea butter which has not been filtered or molded into shapes and unrefined shea butter is filtered and sometimes molded.
How to use African Shea butter
Food Grade Shea Butter Recipe
Shea Butter Mixed Nuts
2 tablespoons food grade raw shea butter
2 cups walnuts halves
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 cup sweet-flaked coconut
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried curry powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 300°. Add butter to a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking pan; set the pan in the oven to melt the butter. Remove the pan from the oven; add nuts and Worcestershire sauce to the melted butter. Gently stir until well mixed. Bake the nut mixture until it is toasted, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Mix all spices and coconut in a small bowl. Remove the nuts from the oven and sprinkle the mixture evenly with spices. Toss until well mixed. Transfer the warm nuts to a bowl and serve immediately, or let cool and store them at room temperature in an airtight container until ready to serve.