There are some excellent tasting Ghee brands that available in the U.S. Ghee is just butter with the sugars, milk proteins, and water removed from it. It makes 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, look for brands that are organic and where the butter comes from cows fed on grass. The following are some of the most popular and best quality Ghee brands sold in the United States:
Ancient Organics is one of the most popular Ghee’s made from grass-fed cows currently being sold in the U.S. The reason for the popularity is the high quality of the ingredients and the preparation method. Ancient Organics makes it in small batches over an open flame. It uses organic sweet cream churned butter from the Straus Family Creamery. The other great thing about this brand is that it uses an ancient Vedic traditional method when made. This method includes producing the product in a peaceful kitchen using the Mahamrtunjaya mantra to help infuse it 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 a pasture on Coast of Northern California
One option that has been getting super popular over the last year or so is the flavored options from Grass-Fed Ghee Butter from 4th & Heart. This brand is 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 love the addition of the flavors to the taste.
Pure Indian Foods Ghee is another top-rated grass-fed product that consumers love. It uses only milk obtained only during spring thru fall when the cows are out to pasture eating fresh green grass. The product is non-homogenized, non-GMO, and is 100% vegetarian. The product itself is made in small batches using stainless steel equipment
From Grass-Fed Cows: Yes -The company doesn’t claim that the product 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 do not ingest any hormones or antibiotics.
Made from: The cream of free-ranging dairy herds in New Jersey
Cost: The 7.8 oz. is approx. $11.95, the 14 oz. is approx. $17.95, and the 28.8 oz. is approx. $32.95
Gold Nugget Ghee is another high-quality option made from the butter of cows that fed certified organic grass. No herbicides, pesticides, or growth hormones are used on the cows or anything that they eat. Gold Nugget uses organic butter from northern California farms. It is particularly popular with consumers who are following the Paleo diet.
From Grass-Fed Cows: Yes (Golden Nugget also sell goat ghee)
Cost: 16 oz. Approx. $14 for 8 oz.
Made from: Organic butter from Northern California
Tin Star is a little different than the other options on this list because it is cultured. Cultured ghee is the more traditional way it was made in India thousands of years ago. It essentially means that the product comes from butter that comes from cream that had cultures added to it a day or so before it churns into butter. Adding the cultures helps to break down proteins and casein in the cream. Cultured products made this way tend to have a less buttery flavor and are sweeter. Tin Star makes its product in small batches over an open flame. Each batch is triple filtered just to make sure all of the milk solids come out, 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.
Organic Valley option is one of the few that is certified Kosher and Halal as well as having no antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides. The product comes from certified organic butter from Organic Valley’s very own pasture-raised cows. It is salt, lactose, and casein-free. Organic: Yes
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.
The award-winning Hey Boo is another tasty option if you are looking for high quality, vitamin-rich products. It comes 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 product.
From Grass-Fed Cows: Yes
Cost: 8 oz. Approx. $11
Sourced from: Family farms in northern California.
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 Clarified Butter. This product has some mixed reviews, and there is not a lot of information about how it is made or where the butter originates.
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
Grass Fed-Buying products that come from cows that were fed on grass rather than fed on grain (as most North American dairy producers do) is more in line with how people in India raise their cows. 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 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 it for its health benefits, it is well worth considering buying organic. Many of the most popular brands are organic
Cultured – Regular ghee does not use cultured cream and thus retains some of the casein: Tin Star and Pure Indian are cultured choices. Cultured products have a more buttery taste. Many people prefer the flavor and aroma of cultured foods. It is made in such a way that has no casein or lactose (lab tested) is left in the product.
Certified Casein and Lactose-Free – Many 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 does do lab tests to ensure that their products can be certified free of lactose and casein. Made in Small Batches- Another big selling point for many of the most popular brands is that these small companies are making the products in small batches. It helps with quality control, as well as keeping connected to the traditional and to the Ayurveda way of making it.
Traditional or Ayurveda techniques being used – Many people believe that to make the most healthy and healing ghee, you need to pay attention to the setting that it is made. It is best to make it in a peaceful and positive environment, and if it is also helpful to do it on waxing fortnights of the moon as the milk and butter become energized at this time.
Price – If you want a product that is grass-fed and organic, be prepared to pay quite a lot per ounce. Since many of the most popular 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 three months without refrigeration, and one year in the fridge.
Jar Size: You can buy ghee in many different jar sizes. Remember when you are ordering, buy what you will finish in about three months. It is storable for longer, but three months is when it tastes the freshest.
There are many health, weight, and diet benefits to using ghee, here are just a few:
A high smoking point so it is healthier for cooking than other oils
Can use it for baking
Suitable for people who are lactose and casein intolerant
Has a reasonably 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
What is Ghee?
It 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 that you can use it for cooking because of its high smoking point.
Do I need to refrigerate it?
If the jar is not open, you do not need to refrigerate it. Ensure that you begin to use the product by the best-before date when it is open, store it in a dark, cool, dry place (away from sunlight) for up to three months. If you put it 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 it considered dairy?
It is made from milk, so it is considered a dairy product. What is cool about it 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 it Paleo Friendly?
Yes, it is Paleo friendly, and the massive popularity of the Paleo diet is one of the big reasons why it has become such a favorite product in the last few years. It is perfect for Paleo because it is considered a good fat, it has a buttery taste, is excellent for cooking and is highly nutritious (as long as the product used 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 boils away. The milk solids then settle to the bottom of the pan and are burned off.
What should the consistency of my ghee be?
The consistency depends mostly on how you store it. If you keep it in a cupboard at room temperature, it should stay soft. If it is refrigerated, it will become hard. It can also be liquid or a combination of solid and liquid depending on the temperature of the room.
What vitamins are in it?
If it comes 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, and K2.
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