One of the most drastic changes to your cooking when you switch to a primal/paleo lifestyle is replacing vegetable oils with healthier alternatives. Butter, Coconut Oil, Lard and Palm Oil are probably the most common substitutes, but another popular choice is Ghee. Ghee is an Indian Style clarified butter. The technique for making it differs from traditional clarified butter in that the butter is simmered along with the caramelized milk solids before the latter are removed resulting in a nuttier tasting finished product. Unlike butter, Ghee has an extremely high smoke point (482 degrees Fahrenheit!) which makes it ideal for deep frying or any type of high heat cooking.
I usually don’t use Ghee all that much in my cooking, and the few times I have needed it I’ve made it myself since it is extremely simple to make. But every time I’ve been to Whole Foods over the past couple years I’ve seen Purity Farms Ghee sitting up on the shelf next to the butters and I’ve always wondered what it tastes like. Last week I finally broke down and got one so here is my review:
Purity Farms Ghee comes in an 8 oz glass jar and costs $6 at the local Whole Foods here in Miami Beach. It is made in La Farge, Wisconsin using grass fed milk from certified organic farms. The taste is excellent. Nutty, delicate, and delicious. I broke open a pastured egg and fried it up in a little ghee and the result was a tasty, perfectly fried egg with a wonderfully subtle nutty buttery bite.
The only real downside to Purity Farms Ghee is in the price. At $6 per 8 oz jar here in Miami, this stuff really isn’t cheap. I can’t say that is expensive compared to other brands since here in Miami Beach, there are no other ghee brands available, let alone grass fed organic ghee brands. But it is pricey compared to home made. I can get 8oz of Kerry Gold Butter for just over $3 and even though you lose a bit of water and milk solid in ghee making process, the savings are still considerable and just as good making it from scratch in your home.
Perfect Taste and Texture
Lactose and Casein Free
A Little Pricey
Excellent product and I recommend it to anyone who prefers to buy their Ghee rather than making it themselves.