Ghee is a gorgeous, traditional food that been used for generations of time. It is a food that has nourished people for thousands of years (as far back as 6,500 B.C.) and has provided outstanding nutritional benefit to those who consume it.
Like butter, ghee is a healthy saturated fat that contains fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients our bodies need. Along with Vitamins A, D, E, and K, critical to bone, brain, heart, and immune system function. Ghee is an abundant source of conjugated linoleic acid – an antioxidant and destroys free-radicals (think cancer), immune booster, and a friend to cardiovascular health. It is also contains lauric acid – useful in fighting fungus and candida.
I cannot say enough good things about Pure Indian Foods organic, grass-fed ghee. Our family has used their ghee for over a year and we love it for so many reasons. It is a fantastic food for cooking because it contains saturated fat, and is therefore very stable in high temperatures – so it can withstand heat up to at least 400 degrees F.
We use it for stir-frying vegetables, meat, eggs, pancakes, in baked goods or casseroles in the oven, and so many other types of cooking. You can also use it on your favorite bread and melt over popcorn, use it over rice, desserts like baked apples or pears, corn on the cob, hot cereals like soaked oatmeal, or baked potatoes. Its uses are literally endless! And its rich, buttery flavor makes it incredibly delicious.
Because ghee is made from butter, it possesses that rich, delicious taste that is satisfying, and can be used for almost any purpose you would use butter. It is a great “emergency survival food” because it does not need refrigeration and is shelf-stable. We almost always take a jar of ghee with us when we go on trips in case we don’t have a good source of grass-fed butter wherever we are headed.
Because this food is so amazing, I am hosting a giveaway to win two 14 oz jar of Pure Indian Food’s Grassfed Organic Ghee and a Sampler Pack. The owner, Sandeep Agarwal, is dedicated to bringing healthy products to his customers, and his family business has been doing so since 1889. I am thankful of his graciousness in providing this great sampler pack of products for a lucky winner.
What is ghee?
From the Pure Indian Foods web site:
“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 sauteéing 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.
Ghee health benefits
Foods such as butter and ghee from grass-fed cows contain important nutrients for health – Vitamins A, D, and K. Dr. Weston A. Price found that in populations he visited where people were eating these foods, their health was robust. Their bone structures were healthy and they lacked the dental diseases and deformities of those living in developed countries and who ate processed foods. Bone health is absolutely dependent upon the correct, synergistic combination of Vitamins A, D, and K.
Why grass-fed is important
Because cows are ruminants, they are intended to eat grass – not grain. Butter and ghee from pastured cows is superior to its conventional counterpart because it contains more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an important essential fatty acid which is a great protector of cardiovascular health, and also helps diminish the risk of cancer due to its anti-carcinogenic properties.
Many people who have allergies to dairy have even found that they could consume ghee without issue. In the process of clarification of ghee, “milk solids are removed, leaving the healthy butter fats behind. Small, trace amounts of casein and lactose can possibly remain in the ghee, but unless a person is extremely sensitive, consuming ghee will be fine, even if dairy is not.” If you are in doubt, you might try a small amount at first to see if you have any sensitivities.
Details of the giveaway!
The giveaway starts today and ends on Tuesday, December 14th at 11:59 p.m., MST.
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The contest is open to anyone, but if you are an international entrant, you must pay the extra shipping (and any other applicable import fees, etc.) for getting your item to you. The winner has 24 hours to e-mail me about the prize. If I don’t hear from the winner, I’ll pick someone else with Random.org.
Best of luck to everyone entering. I will announce the winner here on Wednesday, December 15th.
Enter to win two 14 oz jar of Pure Indian Foods Grassfed Organic Ghee and a Sampler Pack containing 1.1 oz jar of each of the following six Herb & Spice ghee flavors – over $50 retail value. Shipping to any U.S. address is paid. International residents can participate but the winner needs to pay for shipping (and any applicable import duties).
Herbal Ghee Flavors:
– Italian Ghee (contains Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme)
– Herbes de Provence Ghee (contains Savory, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Tarragon, Lavender Flowers)
– Garlic Ghee (contains Garlic)
– Digestive Ghee (contains Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger)
– Indian Dessert Ghee (contains Fennel, Cardamom, Saffron)
– Niter Kebbeh (contains Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Nutmeg)
This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.