Great For Making a Rich and Tasty Tea, But Is Ghee Dairy?
What is the best addition to your morning wake-up routine? As the saying goes, you are what you eat, so it makes sense to get something great in your system first thing. There are many theories about the best way to start the day and ghee is high on that list. But if you have a sensitivity to dairy, you may be wondering, is ghee dairy?
Ghee is clarified butter—a lactose-free, shelf-stable, high-heat cooking oil. At Full Moon Ghee, we make our ghee, with butter that comes from healthy, happy Jersey cows in Western Massachusetts. We slowly simmer the butter, removing the moisture, the milk solids, and the impurities. What remains is a pure premium cooking oil. So while ghee is free of milk solids, ghee is considered to be dairy because it comes from cows.
The Benefits of Ghee
Although many of the milk cultures are removed from butter when making ghee, that doesn’t change the fact that it is a clarification of butter. Some say that ghee is dairy free because of this clarification process. But ghee does have many benefits over butter. To begin with, ghee’s high smoke point makes it the ideal oil for high-heat cooking. Butter burns at 350 degrees while ghee can tolerate heat up to 485 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, ghee does not have to be refrigerated. It’s shelf-stable for up to six months and can last up to a year if kept in the fridge.
Ghee stimulates digestion so it’s a great addition to your morning routine. It also 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.
So start your day off right with this tasty tea that’s packed with all the goodness of ghee. This recipe from Megan Stevens at Eat Beautiful for a delicious morning Ghee Tea. This recipe can be livened up even further with the specialty ghee flavors we have on offer at Full Moon Ghee like Chocolate or Maple Ghee.
Ghee Tea: The Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups filtered water
- 2 servings dry tea of your choice. Some of our favorites for this recipe are Chai, Rooibos, Tulsi Rose, or Earl Grey.
- 1 Tablespoon gelatin. For some on Keto who wish to avoid protein in the a.m., omit.
- 1 Tablespoon ghee flavor of your choice.
- Include sweetener of your choice to taste, if desired OR honey for Paleo (Omit sweetener for Whole30; do not use stevia for AIP. Use stevia for Keto sweetener)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Pour the water into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over its surface. Wait one minute, or less, for it to dissolve.
- Heat the water, stirring, until the mixture is steaming but not yet simmering, and the gelatin is fully dissolved. The water may look foamy.
- Place your tea into the hot water.
- Set aside the gelatin water for 5 minutes, to steep and cool slightly.
- Place the tea (strain first, if loose tea is used), ghee, and sea salt into the blender. Blend for 30 seconds. (Always use caution when blending hot liquids. Start at the lowest speed, and increase gradually to medium-high speed. Alternatively, use a stick/immersion blender.)
- Serve this foamy, creamy treat. Makes two small servings or one big mug of Ghee Tea. Sweeten your tea, if desired, to taste.