I Love Ancient Organics Ghee So Much I Want to Eat It with a Spoon
Food editor Claire Safﬁtz on the one ghee that rules them all.
By Claire Safﬁtz November 28, 2017
Because headlines about nutrition research seem to change by the minute, I generally choose to ignore them—unless, of course, any new bits of information conveniently ﬁt into my already well-established food routine. So I’ve been heartened by recent research suggesting that fat, and in particular saturated fat, might be good for you. I’m a real lover of dairy fat and embrace it in all forms (half-and-half in my coffee for life!), but there’s one butter-based fat I’m particularly excited about these days, and it’s ghee—speciﬁcally this ghee from Ancient Organics.
Ghee is a type of clariﬁed butter that originated in India and has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic health practices to address myriad health issues like poor digestion and inﬂammation. I ﬁrst heard about Ancient Organics from a friend who was eating a lot of ghee after giving birth. She kept raving about it, so I ordered a jar on Amazon and immediately felt a little buyer’s remorse—28 dollars for 16 ounces. But then I opened the jar, took a big whiff, and my eyes widened in amazement. This stuff is so fragrant and ﬂavorful that I went through about a third of the jar in a week.
Making ghee is pretty simple: Butter is heated then and strained in a process that removes all the water and milk solids, leaving pure butterfat behind. Ancient Organics ghee is a step above a lot of ghee for a couple of reasons. First, their butter blend includes top-quality organic butter from Straus Family Creamery in Northern California. The cows at Straus are pastured, which gives the butter made from their milk a grassiness that is so pronounced you’d think it came from a goat instead of a cow (that’s a good thing). Second, Ancient Organics cooks the butter over an open ﬂame until the milk solids are browned. This gives the grassy butter an intensely toasty, caramel-y ﬂavor. If you’ve ever had cajeta, caramelized goat’s milk, that’s what it both smells and tastes like (minus the sweetness).
Because there are no milk solids that have the potential to burn, ghee has a smoke point of 485°, meaning you can cook with it over very high heat. I have fried eggs in it, smeared it on toasted bread with jam, and mashed it into a baked potato (then licked the plate). I haven’t tried baking with it, but I'm sure it would produce the most incredible shortbread cookies. While I am decidedly eating Ancient Organics ghee for the taste, I feel reassured that there is both old and new evidence of its health beneﬁts. But even if the next study said consuming butterfat would lead to imminent death, I still think I would scrape the jar clean. It’s that good.
Buy Ancient Organics Ghee, $36 for 32 oz. on Amazon
or on the Ancient Organics web store.