Have you heard of ghee yet? It’s been around for some time, but has been gaining popularity lately since it can be a good replacement for refined cooking oils. So today we’ve partnered with Organic Valley to take a look at what ghee is, what its benefits are, and how to find a good-quality source.
What is ghee?
Ghee is clarified butter – butter that has been cooked so the milk solids can be scraped off the top (giving it a higher smoke point). In simpler terms, it’s butter that has been heated and clarified and is essentially the butter oil from butter, sans milk or water solids. You can actually make your own ghee, but it can be a tedious process, so that’s why Lisa and I both regularly buy the Organic Valley jar to save time. Hard to beat how it’s both organic and made from pasture-raised cows! (PS – read on for a $2 off coupon so you can try it, too!)
Though ghee has been popping up more and more these days, it’s actually been around a long time in Asian cultures. Personally speaking, growing up in an Indian household, ghee was a common ingredient that we used in cooking. There are a lot of benefits, including the following…
Benefits of ghee
- Lactose and casein-free
For those of us (hello!!) who can’t tolerate dairy, this is an option that works for most.
- High smoke point
With a smoke point of 485° F, ghee can be ideal for roasting or even frying at high temps without burning (like regular butter or olive oil).
- Butter alternative
Ghee is wonderful to use for sautéing vegetables, adding to roasted vegetables, and also to top toast.
Unlike butter, ghee needn’t be refrigerated, which means it won’t take up precious room in your fridge.
- Chock-full of vitamins
Ghee is rich in healthy fat-soluble vitamins. Good dietary fat is an essential part of our diets, and is necessary for our bodies to absorb certain vitamins and nutrients.
- Rich, nutty taste
While the taste of ghee greatly differs from butter, it’s a distinct, nutty taste that many thoroughly enjoy.
How to use ghee
Ghee can be used for cooking in many different ways. Truth be told, it’s a simple swap for any oil or butter. Ghee can be an oil replacer in baking, but note that it has a lower moisture content, so quantities might need to be adjusted.
Many people start their day with a “bulletproof” coffee. This is a mixture of MCT oil + ghee and, of course, coffee. The healthy fats + the caffeine in the coffee are said to kick-start your day and fuel your brain. I’m personally a fan!
You can also use ghee as a spread for toast, or drizzle it on roasted vegetables or squash, too. If you’re an Instagram fan like I am, you may see that some people build their breakfast around ghee by first frying their eggs in it, sautéing some potatoes and other veggies on the side with it, and blending up a frothy cup of coffee with the tasty fats mixed in. It’s a great way to start your day!
Lisa regularly uses it to pan fry homemade corn tortillas since it won’t burn at the higher temperatures.
About Organic Valley
We’re longtime fans of Organic Valley, and I recently had a chance to visit their headquarters in Wisconsin where I got a really in-depth understanding of not only who the people are behind the brand, but also the reasons why organic is important.
Organic Valley was started in 1988 by a group of farmers who didn’t want to succumb to being industrial conventional farmers dealing with unwanted chemicals. So they started a Co-Op – a cooperative of organic farmers whose goal was to preserve this natural way of farming, therefore protecting the land, animals, and people who used their products.
Word got out on the group, and the success was twofold. The public was loving the taste of the organic dairy, and other farmers with similar practices were flocking to join up. It was at this point the name Organic Valley was derived. And the mission of the Co-Op, which now includes a group of 2,000 farms, hasn’t changed to this day. They continue to produce some of the highest quality organic dairy, vegetables and eggs. They strive to help others to join the organic movement, and they help each other’s farms thrive by sharing tips, experiences and more to keep pushing each-other ahead.
Organic Valley’s Ghee is just another one of their quality organic products that you’ll find online and at many stores near you. Have you tried ghee yet? And if so, how do you like to use it?
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Here are some of Lisa’s recipes that use ghee: