Add a Little Ghee to Your Life

Goodbye, butter.  Hello, ghee!  Ayurveda is full of health secrets, such as the Buddha way of eating I recently wrote about. But my latest, tastiest discovery from this ancient science is incorporating ghee into my winter dishes.

A form of clarified butter popular in Indian cuisine, ghee is commonly referred to as liquid gold.  With quite a name to live up to, ghee is not only purer than butter (it doesn’t contain impurities like saturated fat or milk solids) but it has incredible medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties that have been touted for centuries.

The following quote from an ancient 16th century Ayurvedic text pretty much sums it up: Ghee is sweet in taste and cooling in energy; rejuvenating, good for the eyes and vision; enkindles digestion; bestows lustre and beauty; enhances memory and stamina; increases the intellect; promotes longevity; is an aphrodisiac and protects the body from various diseases. –Bhavaprakasha

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So what have I noticed after cooking with ghee?  My hair is shinier, a minor skin irritation I had vanished and my digestion is happy.  Plus it makes my dishes heartier for the winter, which is important since I don’t eat meat.  But, like any oil or dairy product, quality matters.  My favorite ghee is made by Ancient Organics.  Though it’s slightly pricier than other brands, it is absolutely delicious – creamy and fragrant – and a little goes a long way.

Prepared in small batches the old-fashioned way, Ancient Organics uses the highest quality organic sweet cream butter by Straus Family Creamery and adheres to the ancient 14-day moon cycle for making the ghee.  The ingredients and technique ensure that the end product is healthy, natural, boosts immunity and helps eliminate toxins from the body.  Pick up a jar and start making ghee your cooking oil of choice!

I purchased Ancient Organics Ghee at Toby’s Feed Barn in Point Reyes, CA.  For a list of retailers, click here.  Retail price around $20.  For additional recipes, check out the More Ghee Please blog.

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