Ghee 101

Happy ThanksGHEEving,

I am excited to official announce (drum roll please) GHEE made from Spring Hill BUTTER!

Over the past few weeks a bright yellow jar may have caught your eye… similar to that of a vibrant sunbeam, the healing solar nourishment of ghee may have reached out to energetically capture your attention and arouse wonderment to what, why and how ghee should be incorporated in your daily food rituals.

As most of you know I (+cheese team) LOVE educating about the benefits of pasture fed dairy products and sharing values based in sustained, health living. Simply by shopping at the markets you bring real food to the table and play an important role in our positive, passionate (real) foodie community. We are here to install awareness, joy and confidence in each other… Thus it’s time to clarify how this new to the scene yet ancient product can benefit YOU.

WHAT IS GHEE?

Ghee has been made for thousands of years in India, primarily for it’s health and medicinal purposes. Traditionally ghee is known to offer cooling, soothing fuels into the fires of digestion thus assisting in assimilation and absorption of nutrients while aiding in elimination of toxins. Since ghee has this unique property of delivering nutrients deep into the tissues the internal organs can repair, restore and receive energy creating a healthy, balanced system.

Basically ghee is the very essence of butter (for your reference click here butter 101 doc.), a careful clarification of butter resulting in the finest concentration of healthy stable fats, minerals and nutrients. The process of making ghee involves the slow heating of butter over a low temperature, which removes water and milk solids (casein and lactose). The cooking of butter causes the impurities to caramelize, infusing the remaining oil with a more developed rich nutty flavor this process is timed in accordance with the lunar cycles. When ghee is made with the finest pasture fed cultured butter and in harmony with nature an honest product is sure to enrich the body.

WHY GHEE?

  • best for high heat cooking 485F
  • loaded with Omega 3 & 9: reduces any systemic inflammation (gut, joints, etc)
  • concentrated source of CLA: anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogen, anti-catabolite
  • aids in digestion, elimination and purification
  • carrier of energy (allows nutrients to penetrate deep into the body)
  • supports vitality and longevity
  • soothes the nerves/calms the body/creates sense of well-being
  • moisturizes the skin

HOW to use GHEE

  1. ย Ghee adds flavor to your food and with it’s super high smoke point it is fantastic for any frying. Fry your eggs, veggies, rice and sear meats in ghee.
  2. The sweet, caramelized, nutty flavor makes it divine for baking (substitute any recipe that call for vegetable oil with ghee).
  3. Butter your toast, crackers or even apples with ghee add cinnamon and spice for yummy treat.
  4. Add a tablespoon of ghee to your oatmeal, rice, lentils, etc while they are cooking.
  5. Try ghee as a massage oil on any arthritic areas of the body to ease pain and by design boast immunity, slow aging process and relax the nervous system.
  6. 1-2 teaspoons first thing in the morning followed by glass of warm water will act as a mild laxative and warm the body.
  7. Try it in your coffee and make a buttered brew ๐Ÿ™‚

*NOTE: Since ghee is a very stable saturated fat it will last for a long time without going rancid or moldy. I suggest storing ghee in your pantry (just like you would coconut oil).

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Find us at your local farmers markets and get your own today to make it a ghee-full holiday season!

Thank you for your commitment in exploring the healing powers of real food and I am so grateful this holidays season for the support within the growing community of inspired, motivated wellness seekers.

Cheers to a bountiful and blessed ThanksGHEEving ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rachel Peter & the cheese team