What the heck is that?
Ghee, which by the way is pronounced like “gee” & not the letter “G” – is clarified butter. Don’t ask me how long it took me to figure out how to say it…. Anyways, you simmer butter, the water boils out & then you strain it through a cheese cloth. You keep the liquid & dispose of the milk solids. What you’re left with is butterfat, or ghee! You may recognize it as what you dip lobster or crab in 😉
Why would you buy that?
Technically you can make it, but it’s tedious & I’m lazy. This would explain why I purchase it instead of dirty my pots and pans. I also have a sensitivity to lactose & ghee takes the dairy out of the butter-equation. Ghee also has a high smoke point, 450 F. This puts it a step above coconut oil & regular butter when it comes to cooking at high heats. There are a plethora of health benefits & Dr. Axe hits the nail on the head explaining them all. (< click the link, to read about each in detail) The biggest benefit, in my mind, are the fat soluble vitamins. Some things to look for on the label: organic, grass-fed, pastured, non-gmo, cultured.
How exactly do you use it?
Just like any other butter, lard or cooking oil. I actually put a spoonful into my coffee! (You can read about my fav Pantry Picks with regards to coffee >> here!) You can keep ghee on the counter for 3 months or in the fridge for up to a year. I mark my container for 3 months & then relocate it to the fridge. It’s soft when it’s on the counter, which makes it easy to toss a little into the pan or shmear it on some avo toast! My fav way to eat it? In bone broth with garlic, himalayan salt & turmeric!
Okay, how much is it?
Not all ghee is created alike when it comes to taste. My favorite is OMghee (how can you not like something with that clever of a name?). It checks off all of the health boxes (organic, grass-fed, pastured, non-gmo, cultured) & is fan-freakin’-tastic! At the moment, you can get two 9-oz jars at $14.00 a jar. Their sales are always changing, but I always find a great deal on their website. With ghee, it really does seem like you get what you pay for so be sure to check your labels!
Okay, one: I LOVE your blog layout, and how clean it is to see all of the different Q&A’s of this post! Makes it really easy to read. Two: I loooove how ghee is being paired with coffee. I’ve always loved butter and I was told it was bad growing up. Now I know eating REAL butter isn’t bad for you… just eat it in moderation just like everything else in the world. OMGHEE looks like a really great quality and I just bookmarked it on my computer. When I get back from Bali, I’ll look into purchasing it! You know I mentioned my ghee was separating, which is weird. So, I definitely want to invest in the good stuff. Love you, Tash! Thanks for always keeping it real!
JULES! You are like the sweetest thing ever. I’ll help you pick out some quality ghee anyday! I’m so happy you love my website for those reasons. Mostly because, that was exactly what I was going for. Thank so much for stopping by!!!! <3