Prior to this adventure in Whole30 I had never heard of ghee. This farm girl loved butter and milk and has never had issues with allergens. Granted luckily for me the biggest perk of growing up on a dairy farm was natural unprocessed milk right from the tank. What I wouldn’t give for raw milk right now. (Raw milk is whole30 approved! But unless you call a farmer dad like I do. It’s often difficult and in some places illegal to get your hands on.) So up until recently I never knew the joy that is ghee.
Thank you to my Whole30 Sherpa Jennifer from WinetoWeightlifting who steered me in the direction of ghee and more specifically to Pure Indian Foods Organic Ghee. Show me pictures of cows roaming free in a grass field and I’m sold.
I contacted Pure Indian Foods and asked to do a review of their product. They provided me with this 7.8 ounce jar of grass-fed ghee. My life if forever changed! No joke. I hate coconut oil, in fact I just hate coconut. I have been rubbing it on my face to help combat some adult acne. Which never fails to give my husband a laugh as I gag while administering to my face. The cost of beauty I suppose.
Now enter Whole30 and image me trying to cook with it- blech! Coconut flavored brussel sprouts and eggs. My heart was pretty heavy, and there may have been some nose holding to eat.
Then GHEE!! OMG it’s like a whole new world. The Whole 30 food tastes good again my eggs fry beautifully, and my brussels make me grin.
I can’t say enough great things about this ghee. Week two of W30 has been made better just by a small tub of clarified butter. I’m looking forward to cooking now and making the next 15 days taste tremendous.
Not familiar with ghee, here is what you should know.
Ghee is a healthy, shelf-stable alternative to plain butter or other cooking oils. Indian ghee is used as an ingredient in traditional dishes, as an ideal fat for frying, and even in Ayurvedic medicine!
Golden colored Ghee is prepared by melting and simmering unsalted butter until all the water evaporates and the milk solids settle at the bottom. The remaining butter oil is very stable, giving it a high smoke point which makes it an excellent choice to use for frying and sautéing and it can be stored without refrigeration for several months. Ghee is also known as Indian Clarified Butter, Seafood Butter, Drawn Butter, Butter Oil, Ghee Butter or Anhydrous Milk Fat (AMF). In India and other South Asian countries, it is also known as Desi Ghee, Pure Ghee, Asli Ghee or Ghritam. Ghee is a dairy product and as such it is gluten-free.
Pure Indian Foods produces certified organic ghee using milk sourced from grass-fed, ethically raised cows. This ensures that the ghee has a healthy ratio of Omega fatty acids and that it tastes better than non-grassfed ghee as well! Pure Indian Foods’ ghee is truly pure. We make no unnecessary additions to the ghee – no salt, no preservatives, and no flavor enhancers. Just milk. From: Pure Indian Foods.
It’s a dream come true for me. I’ve used it for several recipes already. And for cooking meat there is nothing better. It has a smooth flavor and is just as easy to cook with as traditional butter.
I’m calling Pure Indian Foods Organic Ghee my lifesaver for this whole 30 experience. And they are named as an approved food on the Whole 30 website!
If you are considering trying the whole 30 or just cleaning up your diet, I promise Pure Indian Foods Organic Ghee will make your journey much easier.
Ghee also doesn’t need to be refrigerated. I am storing mine in the cabinet with all my spices. They also even have flavored ghees that they call spiced ghee. The offerings include Garlic Ghee (umm my next purchase!) Herbes de Provence Ghee, Digestive Ghee, Italian Ghee, Niter Kebbeh Ghee, and Indian Dessert Ghee. That garlic ghee is calling my name!
My first recipe using Ghee was this Ginger Chicken. The Asian flavors and the final gingery sauce were even more delicious than I had imaged thanks to the flavors added by the ghee.I substituted ghee for the coconut oil. In my opinion it was the best swap out ever. The drums were moist and flavorful, with a ginger glaze.
**Pure Indian Foods provided me a jar of Ghee all opinions are my own**
Question of the Day: Have you ever cooked with ghee? It’s Friday what’s your weekend plan?