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What Is Ghee? Preparation,Health Benefits Of Using It

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In this article, you’re going to discover everything that you should know about Ghee.I’ll tell you how to prepare , health benefits of using and debunking myths associated with it.

I’ll tell you how to prepare and health benefits of using it; debunking myths associated with it.

Whenever we think about health and supplements, we look for medicines and over the counter prescriptions.

We forget to peep into our house.Your kitchen is the most important area.It has all the remedies in the cupboards and shelves; you just need to know the right ingredients.

One such kitchen ingredient is the Ghee that is prepared by almost all housewives in India.Nowadays people refrains from it thinking that it is the reason for ill health, obesity, and many other health problems.

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Nowadays people refrain from it thinking that it is the reason for ill health, obesity, and many other health problems.

But it can do wonders for your mind and body if taken in moderate quantity.It is the best-known moisturizer, constipation reliever, immunity enhancer.

It is not at all difficult to make or prepare it at home.It is also known as clarified butter, which is made by boiling off the water and milk solids leaving behind the rich and golden butter fat.

This is available in all the supermarkets under different brands, but it is always better to make your own if you want to save some bucks. It is good even when you don’t wish to compromise on quality.

So here is an article which will help you know the preparation procedure and the benefits associated with this Ayurveda recipe .

How To Prepare Ghee At Home?

The preparation of real ghee or what you say as pure ghee starts with the raw cow milk.

Step 1: Take some milk and boil it first. Boiling is critical to get rid of any contaminants or bacteria in milk.

Step 2: After boiling, cool it down to room temperature. Now your milk is ready to be converted into curd.

Step 3: Add ½ tablespoon of curd per liter of milk. This is needed to convert whole milk into curd.

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Step 4: After this addition, leave the entire thing for around 7-8 hrs. Till the milk converts into curd. Make sure that the curd obtained is not sour enough. This may happen if you leave it for a long time.

Step 5: Now churn the obtained curd. You can do this using a blender or a whisker which runs both ways. While churning, butter starts to separate leaving the liquid. The liquid left behind is called the buttermilk.

Step 6: Now carefully extract the butter that separates out from the buttermilk.

Step 7: After separating this lovely creamy butter. Take it in a pan and heat on medium flame. Keep an eye on this so that the butter doesn’t burn due to high temperature. If you see any burning then lower the flame immediately.

Step 8: When this butter is heated, it starts foaming and liquid start to separate out. On further heating, the water starts evaporating and leaving behind a lovely golden oily liquid.

Step 9: Then filter this oily liquid carefully separating solid residue left on the bottom. This oily golden liquid obtained is what you call as pure ghee.

How To Prepare Ghee At Home From Butter:

First, get hold of the following things-

Put a pound of organic unsalted butter in a stainless steel pot over a medium heat and stay close. Keep ready a clean glass container and a sieve lined with the cheesecloth.

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Let the butter boil over medium-low heat. Continue till the foam on the top of it disappears and brown solids start forming at the bottom of the pot. The ghee will be golden in color.

Remove this clarified butter from the heat immediately and pour it into the container through the cheese cloth. Allow it to cool and store it at room temperature or refrigerate.

Watch This Video To Learn How To Prepare Ghee:

It has lots of benefits plus it is tasty and very easy to prepare.

Pure Ghee Nutritional Facts:

Ghee Nutritional Facts
Pure Ghee Nutritional Facts

It is relatively high in calories, containing 717 calories per 100 grams- serving.

A serving contains 81 grams of fat, minimal amounts of protein approx 1 gm.It has no carbohydrates, sugar or dietary fiber.

This is high in saturated fat, with 7.9 grams per serving. It is rich in vitamin A, D and E plus K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).

It has 50% Vitamin A and 2% Calcium.

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Is Ghee Healthier Than Butter?

Is it good for your health?

It is a formulation which has many health benefits.It has many healthy benefits starting from newborn to old age.

On the first place, it has a high smoke point (250 c to 400 c) compared to other oils. It can be used in cooking.If you have the desire to delight your taste buds do cook using it once in a while.

Secondly, it can be stored for a very long time. It also good for people who are allergic to lactose or casein as all the milk solids and impurities are no longer there.

Thirdly it is rich in vitamin A, D and E plus K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid).It is rich in nutrients. The medium chain fatty acids present in ghee are absorbed directly to the lever and burnt as energy. This energy can also be used to burn other fats and lose weight.

Fourthly it is rich in Butyric acid, which is surprisingly not present in other oils. It is a short chain fatty acid that provides energy and intestinal wall support.

A healthy body can produce butyric acid on its own, but for others, it is a savior. Adequate production of butyric acid results in a healthy immune system.

It reminds me how my mother forced me to have a spoonful of ghee during winters helping me avoid catching cold.

It is also a blessing for people having digestive problems. It aids the digestive process by secreting gastric acid.

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It is used as a carrier for herbs because of its supreme penetrating qualities and thus ability to carry these substances deep into the tissues.

As butter doesn’t have these advantage, then we can say that it is better to have it rather than butter.

Ghee and Its Medicinal Benefits:

There are innumerable therapeutic benefits of clarified butter which are still unknown to people.so a list of profits is given below.

Ghee Home Remedy

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Health Benefits Of Ghee
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Treatments Using Ghee In Ayurveda:

Below are some tips for using ghee in our day to day activities.

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Ghee Beauty Benefits:

Apart from health benefits, ghee is also known to provide a lot of beauty benefits.

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Kitchen Tips for Ghee:

  1. Always consider clarified butter oil before making any recipe and how it can enhance its taste.
  2. Always use a clean spoon whenever you take this out from the jar to ensure that it stays good for a long time.
  3. Store your ghee in a tightly closed container and a dark place.
  4. Melt it first and then adds spices and other ingredients. It will enhance the aroma and taste of the spices.
  5. It is always healthier to saute your spices, first seeds and then your ground spices. Aromatic and robust properties of the seeds and spices are released at this point

If you are overweight or have some health issues it is always better to consult your doctor before consuming ghee.

Ghee Recipes:

Dozens of Mouth-Watering Uses for Ghee

  1. Simply mix it with fresh lemon zest, minced garlic and dill, followed by baking or broiling will add to the taste of your dish.
  2. Your vegetables can be tossed with ghee with a small amount of lemon zest to enhance its flavor. If you are adding any spice or herb to your recipe, just remember to sauté your seed spices first to release the aroma, and then add ground spices, onions, garlic, etc. Sauté your veggies in a Tsp (per person) of it till they are softened.  Then add a very small amount along with unrefined salt and freshly ground pepper right before serving.
  3. Roast veggies tossed in it along with herbs and garlic at 425 – 450 F.  It has a high smoking point and will not burn. To evenly roast veggies toss them frequently.
  4. Tossing hot drained pasta with a Tsp of clarified butter instead of olive oil will do wonders. Add unrefined salt, freshly ground pepper with your choice of favorite fresh herbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
  5. It is a perfect companion for baked potatoes. Adding cinnamon and nutmeg to sweet potato or yam to make it delicious and healthy.
  6. Simply stir ghee into a bowl of soup or hot cereal before serving.
  7. Ghee combined with grilled cheese is the best combination.
  8. Before building your soup sauté onions, celery, carrot, peppers in ghee for the soup base.
  9. Add 1 Tsp of ghee along with your milk, add cayenne, cinnamon, and cardamom to taste – it will give you superb hot chocolate.
  10. For an awesome popcorn – pop your corn in 2 Tbs of melted ghee and also add ghee and salt to the finished popcorn.
  11. Similarly tossing raw nuts with ghee, salt, cayenne powder, cumin and turmeric and then roasting in a 250F oven till golden in color, will add to taste. (Soaked overnight& drained well)
  12. We all love pancakes, waffles, French toast. It is a perfect companion with them, plus adding honey will turn them into a blessing.
  13. Before serving rice, add a tsp of ghee per person to it before serving.
  14. It is perfect for crackers or toast.
  15. Warm milk with a tsp of ghee before bed is good for health. You can make it tasty as well by add cinnamon or cardamom.
  16. Finely chopped apples or pears in Ghee with a little vanilla and cinnamon are a delicious combination. You can also drizzle maple syrup or raw honey on it before serving alone or with ice cream/yogurt.
  17. Saut fresh asparagus spears in ghee with unrefined salt, lemon juice, and sesame seeds.

In this modernized world where everyone is health conscious, and there are lots of products available on the market, it is often confused to be an unhealthy product.

This article is intended to remove those misconceptions and create awareness about an age old product and its benefits.

Then what are you waiting for, get started with your first recipe using ghee and introduce yourself to a healthy you?

Important info:

The medicinal properties and effect of ghee keeps increasing when ghee is kept for long time. Means older the ghee better is the effect

Reference

1. Acharya KT. Ghee, Vanaspati, and special fats in India. In: Gunstone FD, Padley FB, editors. Lipid Technologies and Applications. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc; 1997. pp. 369–90.
2. Tirtha SS. Bayville, NY: Ayurveda Holistic Center Press; 1998. The Ayurveda Encyclopedia.
3. Lad V. New York: Harmony Books; 1998. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.
4. Sharma HM. Butter oil (ghee) – Myths and facts. Indian J Clin Pract. 1990;1:31–2.
5. Illingworth D, Patil GR, Tamime AY. Anhydrous milk fat manufacture and fractionation. In: Tamime AY, editor. Dairy Fats and Related Products. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell; 2009.

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