Monday, July 8, 2013

Pure Indian Foods :: Grassfed Organic Ghee {Review}

With a whole food diet seems to also come interesting introductions to unique foods. A new one for me (and perhaps many of you) is ghee. What is ghee you ask? Basically it's butter that's been heated to remove the milk solids and water, leaving behind a rich, golden butter oil. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Pure Indian Foods, a fifth-generation, family-owned ghee business that began in 1889. In addition to several varieties of ghee, you'll find they are also a great source for buying organic, traditional Indian ingredients online.

Here's a good look at that beautiful golden Grassfed Organic Ghee from Pure Indian Foods. So, what does ghee taste like? Well, if you enjoy a grassfed butter like Kerrygold, then it's similar to that rich butter flavor but even richer (if you can imagine that!). It's aroma is also very strong, and reminds me of the liquid butter that I enjoy smothered on my movie theater popcorn.

Quite simply, ghee can be used in any recipe that calls for butter or oil. I'm sure a little experimentation is necessary to get the right quantity, but from what I've experienced so far and heard also, ghee adds a wonderful flavor to everything it's added to. With a high smoke point of 485 degrees, ghee is perfect for frying, baking, sauteing and cooking anything I heat up in my cast iron pan. I really enjoy the flavor it lends to my sauteed veggies. I generally use coconut oil or butter, but now I have ghee as an option as well.

Since receiving this particular ghee to review, I've seen several other brands at my local health food stores. But this one from Pure Indian Foods really stands out to me by just looking at the label alone. First, this one's USDA Certified Organic, so no GMO ingredients whatsoever. Second, the one and only ingredient is Organic butter, so nothing is added. Third, it's made from non-homogenized whole milk, leaving the fat globules intact. And last, the milk is from grass-fed cows. Oh, and you simply can't avoid the awesome fact that it's made right here in the USA! The level of label distinctions are pretty superior to others I've seen.

Low-fat diet? Forget it. I say full-fat or go-home! Ghee is the real deal, with a whopping 14 grams of fat and 120 calories in just one tablespoon. Pure Indian Foods' ghee is loaded with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), an antioxidant and essential fatty acid, and has a proper Omega-6 to Omega-3 ration as a result of using grassfed milk. It contains plenty of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2 that are important for good health. Also, since ghee doesn't contain the lactose and casein from dairy, it's a great option for those that are lactose intolerant or on a Paleo diet.

Price: Grassfed Organic Ghee (7.8 oz) - $11.95 
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