Every gourmet dish at The Original Pancake House is cooked in the highest quality clarified butter. We do not have any Pam, Vegetable oil, or imitation butter - flavored cooking oil. We take 55 pound blocks of 93 score butter and melt it down at a very low temperature. When completely melted the butter separates into three layers: a layer of fat on the bottom, a layer of oil in the center, and a layer of fat on the top. The top layer of fat is expertly skimmed off and discarded, then the oil is dipped out of the middle and the remaining layer of fat is discarded. The layer of oil in the center is the clarified butter. It is a type of oil used in cooking that has many benefits. Clarified butter does not turn brown when cooked, it maintains the flavor of butter, and it is much healthier than butter that is not clarified.
Many of our batters have peanut oil in them, and our home fries are cooked in peanut oil. Peanut oil is about 50% Monounsaturated oil. Monounsaturated fats are known to help reduce the levels of LDL (the bad) cholesterol. Peanut oil is also about 30% Polyunsaturated which is also considered relatively healthy. Polyunsaturated oils have been found to be particularly beneficial to coronary health (purportedly lowering the bad LDL cholesterol and elevating the good HDL) as well as to brain growth and development.