ASK DAVE: IS GHEE OK FOR ME?

Posted on July 1, 2014 by

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davidcomputerDear Dave,

While we do love your olive oil we sometimes like to cook with other fats like coconut oil, butter, and recently we have tried ghee.  We LOVE cooking with it but wonder if this is a vice that we will soon have to abandon?

Michele, FL

Dear Michele,

It is rare but on occasion people have a question like this that I can answer with entirely good news!  Ghee is an ancient food, and a wonderful one in my opinion.

WHAT IS IT? 

Ghee is clarified butter, that means that the milk solids are removed leaving only the healthy butter fats behind.  While small trace amounts of cassein and lactose can remain behind, there is seldom enough to cause any issues for most people.  Personally I can not handle any dairy products – but ghee does wonderfully in my body.  If you have serious dairy allergies consult your doctor prior to including ghee in your diet.  

HOW TO USE IT? 

Ghee is an ideal cooking fat – it is stable up to about 485 degrees, whereas we keep olive oil below 400.  It lends a buttery flavor and mouth-feel but in my opinion it is more subtle and delicate than butter.  I use it for stir fries, baking, sauteéing, and anywhere that some buttery flavor would enhance a dish.  

WHERE TO PURCHASE?

gheeI have seen ghee at all well-stocked health food stores, and it is usually from grass-fed dairy cows.  Check the label to be sure, as there are some very low-priced ghee’s that do not specify.  My favorite brand is PURE INDIAN FOODS who also offer flavored ghee.  We will be stocking this brand on our shelves at Genesis Kitchen…check our website or give a call to see if it is available.  This company also offers ‘PRIMAL FAT’ which is a 50/50 blend of coconut oil and ghee.  Hands down, one of my favorite products EVER.  

NOT ALL FATS ARE CREATED EQUALLY,

Dave Cohen 

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