The How Can I Cook With Ghee Guide From Full Moon Ghee
Although somewhat new on the food scene here in the West, ghee has been used in Ayurvedic cuisine and medicine for five millennia. Ghee is a lactose-free, shelf-stable, high-heat cooking oil that has a delicately sweet and nutty flavor. It’s incredibly versatile, which is one of the great things about it, but if you’re just getting to know and use ghee you may be wondering, “How can I cook with ghee?”
Whether you’re a novice ghee user making first acquaintances or a clarified butter connoisseur looking for some fresh ideas, this How Can I Cook With Ghee Guide is for you. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite ways to use ghee, whether it’s smeared on toast, on your skin or slathered in a skillet, you really can’t go wrong with ghee.
How Can I Cook With Ghee: A Guide
For sauteing or roasting. Ghee’s high-smoke point lends itself quite well to sauteing or roasting veggies or meats. Ghee has a smoke point of 482 degrees which is really high when compared to other oils like coconut, olive, and sesame oils that have smoke points closer to 350. And unlike industrial seed and nut oils with comparable high smoke points (like safflower or rice bran), during the ghee-making process, butter only needs to be simmered over a gentle heat to separate out the compounds (a.k.a. milk solids) that burn. The pure fat left behind is delicious and buttery and a perfect complement to a tasty stir fry or roast.
Smeared on toast. Ghee is soft and spreadable when kept at room temperature, so it’s super easy to smear a dollop of ghee on a slice of toast and call it a day. You could also dress it up with some mashed avocado or sweeten it up with a sprinkle or two of coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom.
In smoothies. Adding a tablespoon of ghee to your smoothies optimizes nutritional absorption, enhances digestibility, and adds a dose of healthy fat-soluble vitamins.
In coffee. If you find coffee too acidic for your digestive system, adding a tablespoon or so of ghee to your cuppa can help reduce the acidity and inflammation you may be experiencing. The calcium in ghee works to neutralize the effect of the acid and butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid found in ghee, has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory quality.
In dessert. When you replace butter with ghee in most dessert recipes, you’re not only enhancing the nutritive quality of the recipe, but you’re also improving the taste. Ghee’s delicate nutty flavor complements most sweet treats. Full Moon Ghee also offers a variety of delectable flavors, like our Chocolate Ghee or Maple Ghee that will enhance most any dessert recipe.
On your skin. Ok, we know you’re asking, “How can I cook with ghee?” but ghee has so many incredible properties that we couldn’t help but share the benefits of putting ghee on your skin. As an anhydrous, healthy fat full of antioxidant vitamins, ghee can moisturize, protect and brighten your skin from head to toe.
The applications are endless
For five millennia, ghee has been celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and healing properties. According to Ayurveda, ghee is the best oil for the human body. It stimulates digestion, aids the absorption of nutrients, and reduces inflammation, especially in the gut. Ghee lubricates joints, optimizes skin and eye health, and has an alkalizing effect on the entire body. With so many benefits to offer and so many different uses, we love to explore and experiment with new ways to use ghee. Do you have a favorite ghee recipe or application? Share it with us!
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