There are a number of great tasting Ghee brands that available in the U.S. Ghee is basically just butter with the sugars, milk proteins and water removed from it. This makes it an ideal option for those who are on the Paleo diet, as well as being a good product for people who are lactose intolerant. It is also has a lot of nutrients and vitamins including: linoleic acid, vitamins A, E, K2, beta carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids. To get the best type of Ghee, look for brands that are organic and that also state the Ghee is made from butter that is made from cows fed on grass.
The following are some of the most popular and best quality Ghee brands that are sold in the United States:
Ancient Organics 100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows
Ancient Organics Ghee is one of the most popular Ghee’s made from grass fed cows that is sold in the U.S. The reason for the popularity is the high quality of the ingredients and the preparation method. This ghee is made in small batches over an open flame. It used organic sweet cream churned butter from the Straus Family Creamery. The other great thing about this ghee is that it uses ancient Vedic traditional method when it is being made. This method includes producing the ghee in a peaceful kitchen using the Mahamrtunjaya mantra to help infuse the ghee with healing and balancing effects.
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes
Cost: 8 oz. jar approx. $11.99, 16 oz. jar approx. $21.99, 32 oz. Jar approx. $35
Origin: Cows are in pasture on Coast of Northern California
Flavored Grass-Fed Ghee Butter by 4th & Heart
A ghee that has been getting super popular over the last year or so is the flavored ghee from Grass-Fed Ghee Butter from 4th & Heart. This ghee brand has been certified Paleo, is pasture raised, non-GMO, and is lactose free, so it is a pretty pure product you are getting. It has a creamy whipped texture to it and people seem to really love the addition of the flavors to the taste and texture of the ghee.
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes
Origin: New Zealand
Available from: Amazon
Pure Indian Foods Grass Fed Indian Ghee
Pure Indian Foods Ghee is another very popular grass-fed ghee that consumers love. It is made with milk obtained only during spring thru fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. The milk that the ghee is made from is non-homogenized, non GMO and is 100% vegetarian. The ghee itself is made in small batches using stainless steel equipment
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes -The company doesn’t claim that the ghee is from 100% Grass-fed because a small amount of what the cows eat may come from certified organic, 100% GMO-free feeds. The cows are not given any hormones or antibiotics.
Made from: The cream of free-ranging dairy herds in New Jersey
Cost: 7.8 oz. jar is approx. $11.95, 14 oz. jar is approx. $17.95, and the 28.8 oz. jar is approx. $32.95
Vital Ghee Grass Fed Organic Ghee
Vital Ghee is another high quality ghee that is made from the butter of cows that have been mostly fed on certified organic grass. No herbicides, pesticides or growth hormones are used on the cows or anything that they eat. Vital Ghee is made from organic butter from Kalona Organics farm that is located in southeast Iowa. This ghee is particularly popular with consumers who are following the Paleo diet.
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes
Cost: 16 oz. approx. $26, 32 oz. approx. $33
Made from: Organic butter from Kalona Organics that is located in Amish country in southeast Iowa.
Tin Star Cultured Brown Butter Ghee
Tin Star ghee is a little different than the other ghee’s on this list because it is cultured ghee. Cultured ghee is the more traditional way that Ghee was made in India thousands of years ago. It essentially means that the ghee comes from butter that comes from cream that had cultures added to it a day or so before it was churned into butter. Adding the cultures help to break down proteins and casein in the cream. Cultured ghee made this way tends to have a less buttery flavor and is sweeter. Tin Star is made in small batches over an open flame. Each batch is triple filtered just to make sure all of the milk solids are removed and it is lab tested lactose and casein free, making this a good option for those who are lactose intolerant.
Organic: Since the butter comes from Ireland the company is unable to fill the “organic label” requirements.
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes.
Butter is sourced from: Ireland
Organic Valley Purity Farms Ghee
Organic Valley Ghee is one of the few that is certified Kosher and Halal as well as having no antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides. The ghee is made from certified organic butter from Organic Valley’s very own pasture-raised cows. The ghee is salt, lactose, and casein-free.
From Grass Fed Cows: No specific claim of being from grass fed cows, but rather “pasture-raised” cows, so it appears to be a mix of grain and grass fed cows.
Cost: 7.5 oz. jar approx. $12, 13 oz. jar approx. $16
Made in: the Purity Farms creamery in Chaseburg, Wisconsin.
Banyan Botanicals Ghee
Banyan Botanicals Ghee is another solid option if you are looking for a high quality, vitamin rich ghee. The ghee is made from organic, clarified butter from grass fed cows. It is free from lactose and casein, although there is no indication if it is lab tested to ensure that there are no trace elements still in the ghee.
From Grass Fed Cows: Yes
Cost: 7.5 oz. approx. $16
Sourced from: small organic family farms, although no specific location given
Trader Joe’s Clarified Butter (Ghee)
If you aren’t too concerned about whether the ghee you are buying is grass fed and organic, an easy to get, inexpensive option is Trader Joe’s Ghee. This product has a number of mixed reviews, and there is not a lot of information about how it is made or where the butter is sourced from.
From Grass Fed Cows: No claim of being from grass fed cows
Cost: Approx. $4 for 8 oz. jar
Made In: U.S.A
Available from: Trader Joe’s
What to Look for When Buying Ghee
Grass Fed-Buying ghee that is made from cows that were fed on grass rather than fed on grain (as most North American diary producers do) is more in line with how cows in India are raised. The consensus is that cows that are fed grass produce milk that has more flavors and is more nutrient rich than cows that are fed grain. Some ghee producers don’t even don’t collect milk from the cows during the summer months when the grass is dry and isn’t as nutritious for the cows.
Organic- If you are eating ghee for its health benefits it is well worth considering buying organic. Many of the most popular brands are organic
Cultured Ghee- Regular ghee does not use cultured cream and thus retains some of the casein: Tin star is cultured and Pure Indian also offers cultured ghee. Cultured ghee has a more buttery taste. Many people prefer the taste and aroma of cultured foods. It is also made in such a way that has absolutely no casein or lactose (lab tested).
Certified Casein and Lactose Free – Many ghee products claim to be casein and lactose free, although this does mean that there can still be trace amounts of casein and lactose. If you think that may be problematic to you Pure Indian Food Ghee does do lab tests to ensure that their ghee can be certified free of lactose and casein.
Made in Small Batches- Another big selling point for many of the most popular ghee brands is that they are made in small batches. This helps with quality control, as well as keeping connected to traditional way of making ghee and to the Ayurveda way.
Traditional or Ayurveda techniques being used – Many people believe that in order to make the most healthful and healing ghee, there are many things that need to go into the setting that it is made. It need to be made in a peaceful and positive environment, It is best to make Ghee on the waxing fortnights of the moon as the milk and butter are energized at this time.
Price – If you want ghee that is grass fed and organic, be prepared to pay quite a lot per ounce. Since many of the most popular ghee products aren’t mass produced the cost does end up in the price tag.
Shelf Life: Generally the shelf life of an opened jar is 3 months without refrigeration, and one year in the fridge.
Jar Size: You can buy ghee in a number of different jar sizes. Remember when you are ordering just buy what you will finish in about three months. Ghee can be stored longer, but three months is when it tastes the freshest.
Benefits of Ghee
There are many health, weight, and cooking benefits to using ghee, here are just a few:
- It’s delicious
- High smoking point so it is healthier for cooking than other oils
- Can use it for baking
- Good for people who are lactose and casein intolerant
- Has a fairly long shelf life
- It is rich in vitamins A,E, and K and Conjugated Linoleic Acid
- Rich in medium chain fatty acids
- Can help with weight loss
Common Questions about Ghee
What is Ghee?
Ghee is essentially butter that has all of the water, milk solids and sugar removed through a clarification process. It is considered a ‘healthy’ fat, and in India is an essential part of a healthy diet partly due to its high nutritional value. Another thing that makes it great is it can easily be used in cooking because of its high smoking point.
Do I need to refrigerate the ghee?
If the jar hasn’t been opened you do not need to refrigerate the ghee. Ensure that you open them by the best before date. When the jar has been opened you can store it in a dark, cool, dry place (away from sunlight) for up to three months. If you put the ghee in the fridge it can last up to a year, although it will become hard when refrigerated. If you leave the jar at room temperature it will become soft again. Generally it is best to keep it away from moisture and sunlight.
Is ghee considered dairy?
It is made from milk so it is considered a dairy-product. What is cool about ghee is that since it has the milk proteins removed many people who are dairy intolerant can consume it since it has only traces of casein and lactose. Unless you are very sensitive to dairy, you probably won’t have any of the ill effects of lactose intolerance when eating ghee.
Is Ghee Paleo Friendly?
Ghee is definitely Paleo friendly and the huge popularity of the Paleo diet is one of the big reasons why it has become such a popular product in the last few years. Ghee is perfect for Paleo because it is considered a good fat, it has a buttery taste, is great for cooking and is highly nutritious (as long as the ghee that is being consumed is from grass fed cows).
What is the difference between ghee and clarified butter?
Clarified butter is when you heat the butter and then remove the milk solids that have risen to the top of the pot. The process of making ghee involves boiling the butter until all of the moisture is boiled away. The milk solids then settle to the bottom of the pot and are burned off.
What should the consistency of my ghee be?
The consistency depends mostly on how the ghee is stored. If it is kept in a cupboard at room temperature it should stay soft. If it is refrigerated it will become harder and more solid. The ghee can also be liquid or a combination of solid and liquid depending on the temperature of the room that it is kept in.
What vitamins are in ghee?
If the ghee is made from the organic butter of pastured cows it will be full of healthy vitamins and nutrients including: CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). 9 phenolic anti-oxidants, Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E andK2.
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