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My new favorite thing - GHEE
Oh Ghee - What are you?
Ghee is clarified butter that originated in India.
"Ghee" comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "sprinkled," and it basically means that the milk fat is rendered from the butter to separate the milk solids and water. It’s made by melting butter and skimming the fat off of the top. You’ll be left with a yellow liquid when it’s hot and a creamy looking solid one when the ghee cools down.
Ghee does not have to be refrigerated like butter - and has a really long shelf life. (reportedly one batch lasted 100 years - now that is really long)
To me it tastes like "super butter"! Like butter to the third power - I mean really really buttery butter. BUT the consistency is not at all like butter. The ghee that I purchased reminded me of solid coconut oil - or shortening or lard. I use it for cooking and not to spread on my bread.
Oh Ghee you really taste good
So what do I use Ghee for - well - first I wanted to try it - I made eggs. I put about a teaspoon of ghee in the frying pan and the first thing I noticed was how melts. No bubbles - no water - no froth - just pure gold. I made an omelette and it was delicious. Last night I decided to make some home fries - or fried potatoes. I thought - why not try the ghee -- what a difference they were radically the best home fries I have ever made.
I am looking forward into trying it in more recipes.
What Ghee looks like
Oh Ghee, How Healthy are you?
- Ghee is also rich in butyrate, a short chain fatty acid linked to an immune response that can decrease inflammation and help improve the digestive system.
- Ghee can also decrease inflammation when rubbed externally onto the skin. In the natural medicine realm, ghee was used to treat burns and swelling on the skin.
- Ghee is very low in casein — the main protein found in milk — and has nil to minimal amounts of lactose, making it better tolerated by those with dairy intolerences
- Ghee is rich in fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, One tablespoon of ghee can provide approximately 15 per cent of your daily requirements of vitamin A.
- Ghee has one of the highest natural contents of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) if prepared from grass-fed cows. CLA has been linked to animal studies to improving insulin resistance and potentially fighting cancer.
|Serving size: 1 Tsp|
|Calories from Fat||45|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 5 g||8%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Carbohydrates 0 g|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 0 g|
|Protein 0 g|
|Cholesterol 10 mg||3%|
|Sodium 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Oh Ghee - where can I use you?
It is easy enough to google recipes using ghee - you will find everyday recipes like roasted potatoes, spaghetti squash, and mac & cheese. But you will also find Indian Cuisine like Khara Pongal and India Spice Chicken.
The Paleo diet uses Ghee big time. I saw a recipe for Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts in Cook Like a Cavewoman that looks delicious!!!
This weekend I am making Haluski - which friend cabbage and noodles. Normally I fry the cabbage in butter and olive oil - or all butter. I like to get the cabbage really dark but not burnt so this time I am going to use ghee - can't wait to see how that turns out.
Also - ghee over popcorn - now that may be pretty intense for the buttered popcorn lover in me.
Really, I am excited about exploring ghee and it uses.
Oh Ghee - Can I make you?
Ghee can me made easily at home, they tell me. Me, I will buy it only because the ghee I buy is from organically pasture raised cows, and no GMO's are involved. Up until now I didn't realize that most butters in the supermarkets are from cows that are fed genetically modified grains.
You can buy butter that is from grass feed cows - of course - it is more expensive - but it is out there.