What the heck is that?
Ghee, which by the way is pronounced like "gee" & not the letter "G" - is clarified butter. Don't ask me how long it took me to figure out how to say it.... Anyways, you simmer butter, the water boils out & then you strain it through a cheese cloth. You keep the liquid & dispose of the milk solids. What you're left with is butterfat, or ghee! You may recognize it as what you dip lobster or crab in 😉
Why would you buy that?
Technically you can make it, but it's tedious & I'm lazy. This would explain why I purchase it instead of dirty my pots and pans. I also have a sensitivity to lactose & ghee takes the dairy out of the butter-equation. Ghee also has a high smoke point, 450 F. This puts it a step above coconut oil & regular butter when it comes to cooking at high heats. There are a plethora of health benefits & Dr. Axe hits the nail on the head explaining them all. (< click the link, to read about each in detail) The biggest benefit, in my mind, are the fat soluble vitamins. Some things to look for on the label: organic, grass-fed, pastured, non-gmo, cultured.
How exactly do you use it?
Just like any other butter, lard or cooking oil. I actually put a spoonful into my coffee! (You can read about my fav Pantry Picks with regards to coffee >> here!) You can keep ghee on the counter for 3 months or in the fridge for up to a year. I mark my container for 3 months & then relocate it to the fridge. It's soft when it's on the counter, which makes it easy to toss a little into the pan or shmear it on some avo toast! My fav way to eat it? In bone broth with garlic, himalayan salt & turmeric!
Okay, how much is it?
Not all ghee is created alike when it comes to taste. My favorite is OMghee (how can you not like something with that clever of a name?). It checks off all of the health boxes (organic, grass-fed, pastured, non-gmo, cultured) & is fan-freakin'-tastic! At the moment, you can get two 9-oz jars at $14.00 a jar. Their sales are always changing, but I always find a great deal on their website. With ghee, it really does seem like you get what you pay for so be sure to check your labels!