I am frequently asked what oil or oils are good for cooking. The answer is easy! Coconut oil and/or ghee (clarified butter) are your best bets. Both are stable at high temperatures and taste great. Since you're probably already somewhat familiar with coconut oil, I hope the following information will inspire you to expand your cooking horizons with ghee.
Ghee has been used for thousands of years in India as a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. In fact, Ayurveda (the ancient medical science of India), recognizes ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet because of its many, health-enhancing properties.
What exactly is ghee?
It's a little bit like liquid gold! Ghee is derived from butter; it is the end result of a long, slow, and careful clarification process that removes all the moisture, milk solids, and impurities from its original source. It is the absence of milk solids and water that make ghee completely shelf stable (it requires no refrigeration as long as its kept in an air tight container) and so healthy.
Because of its purity, ghee nourishes the body more thoroughly than other oils as it can pass so easily through the lipid membranes of cells. For this reason, the assimilation of vitamins and minerals from food cooked in ghee is greatly improved. And dishes cooked with ghee taste richer since spices are carried deeper into their basic ingredients.
Here are some additional benefits of ghee:
- It has one of the highest oil flash points (485ºF) making it one of the best choices for high temperature cooking.
- It contains the full spectrum of short, medium, and long chain fatty acids (both unsaturated and saturated). When sourced from the butter of pasture-raised cows, it is one of the highest natural sources of conjugated linoleic acid.
- It contains omega 3 and omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- It contains nine phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals.
- It has been used for centuries as a digestive and elimination aid; for energy, sexual vitality, skin and eye health; as a lubricant for the joints and an alkalinity increaser.
Of all the ghee products available, one stands above the rest!
The combination of purity, processing, and taste make Ancient Organics Ghee unlike any other. The company's small-batch, open-flame production process begins with the award-winning, pasture-raised Strauss Family Creamery organic, churned butter. To learn more about the Ancient Organics ghee-making process click here and for more information on the Strauss Family Creamy here.
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Need more coconut oil?
Then I highly recommend the organic, cold-pressed, and solvent free coconut oil from Wilderness Family Naturals. Their oil product begins with the cold pressing of freshly dried coconut flesh and a special centrifugation process that removes fine proteins and clarifies the oil. Order yours here.
Which oil should you use?
Coconut oil is sweeter, so its best application will be for curries, grain-free pancakes, and baking.
Ghee is best for eggs and savory dishes with spices.
Those who are on a tight budget or simply looking for a single "go to" fat can make a half coconut oil/ half ghee blend and enjoy. Your jar of Ancient Organics ghee will last longer and you'll get all the health benefits of nature's two most famous fats!