Ghee! Whole30 Approved!
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Pure Indian Foods Ghee: Whole30 Approved
Today, we are happy to add another fantastic food to our official Whole30 Approved list. Pure Indian Foods is a family-run company currently based in Princeton, NJ, with heritage going back five generations to northern India. Since its founding in 1889, the company is still growing, learning, and expanding their product line to better serve its health-conscious customers. We sat down with Sandeep Agarwal, owner of Pure Indian Foods, to find out more about the history of ghee, and why it is considered a sacred food in Indian culture. But first, a little background.
What Is Ghee?
Golden colored ghee is prepared by melting and simmering unsalted butter until all the water evaporates and the milk solids settle at the bottom. The milk solids (those problematic milk proteins that make plain old butter a less healthy choice) are then filtered out, leaving only the remaining pure butter fat. This form of fat (approximately 2/3 saturated) is very stable with a high smoke point, making it an excellent choice to use for frying and sautéing. In addition, it can be stored without refrigeration for several months. (Note, ghee and clarified butter are not the same. Ghee is cooked longer, then browned, giving the butterfat a rich, nutty flavor.)
Pure Indian Foods ghee comes from 100% grass-fed, pastured cows raised in a certified organic manner. Their ghee is truly a seasonal food product, made with milk obtained only during spring and fall, when the cows are out to pasture eating rapidly growing fresh green grass. Their product is non-homogenized, and made fresh in small batches in stainless steel equipment. Finally, they use glass bottles (instead of cheap plastic) to avoid dangerous toxic materials leeching from plastic containers.
But ghee isn’t just a healthy food choice – ghee has a long and rich history in Indian culture. In fact, according to an article published in the journal Nature, traces of ghee have been found in pottery from 6,500 BC. We explored this history in our interview with Sandeep Agarwal, owner of Pure Indian Foods.