Goddess Ghee Available to Purchase at the Studio
Nourishing High Vitamin Butter Oil. Crafted from grass fed cultured butter. Produced in a certified kitchen near Asheville, North Carolina. No refrigeration necessary; shelf stable even after opening. No Lactose or Casein. Versatile cooking and baking oil that can handle temperatures up to 485 degrees without smoking or burning. Works with veggie stir fry, pan searing meat, popcorn, tortillas, soups and stews, grains, potatoes and oatmeal. Spread on bread, toast, pancakes, waffles, crackers, fruit, veggies. Awesome addition to smoothies, coffee or tea. Use it as a base for fudge, dressings or other treats. Eat it with a spoon or finger (we do). Mama owned and operated business.
We carry a wide selection of varieties including Golden Healer, Lunar Cacao, Mushroom Magic, Queen Bee, Ginger Spiced Honey, Caramelized Garlic, Cacao Ritual just to name a few :) Prices vary by flavor.
Ayurveda and the Golden Goodness of Ghee
There’s something magical about the golden hue of freshly made ghee resting in a Mason jar on my counter. I love the nutty, rich smell of the ghee-making process, and I know, as I dip my knife into the jar to spread ghee my toast or add it to a sauté pan, that I’m introducing this high-quality oil into all of my cells. In Ayurveda, ghee—especially when made from local, grass-fed, organic, unsalted butter—is the purest essence of the earth element.
What is Ghee?
You may have seen ghee in jars on the shelves of your local health food store, or here in the Kripalu Dining Hall, where it’s offered near the Buddha Bar. Ghee (or clarified butter, as it’s known in Europe) is the result of the alchemical process of cooking down butter until the liquid evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan. The ghee is then poured through a strainer or cheesecloth into a sterilized Mason jar. There’s no need to refrigerate ghee, as it’s pure oil and can’t turn rancid like dairy. Read on to learn how to make ghee; If you prefer to buy it, there are high-quality sources online or at your local Indian store or health-food store.
The Benefits of Ghee
Ayurveda teaches us that the consumption of ghee offers a wide range of benefits, including clarity of mind and sound digestion. The Charaka Samhita, one of the classical texts of Ayurveda, says that “the intake of ghee is prescribed for those whose bodily constitution is dominated by vata and pitta, who is [sic] suffering from diseases due to the vitiation of vata and pitta, those desirous of good eye sight, the old, children, the weak, those desirous of longevity, those desirous of strength, good complexion, voice, nourishment, progeny, tenderness of the body, luster, ojas [life-sustaining vitality], memory, intelligence, power of digestion, wisdom, proper functioning of sense organs, and those afflicted with injuries due to burns.” Ghee also “augments intellect and enkindles digestive enzymes,” according to the text.
In more scientific terms, ghee helps sustain healthy microbes in the gastrointestinal tract to promote effective digestion and elimination. It nourishes all the tissues of the body, including the nervous system, translating into calm energy throughout the day. Those of you with a constitution primarily composed of vata (elements of air and space) and pitta (elements of fire and water) will benefit most from ghee, as it nourishes the dry, light, rough quality of vata and the hot, light, sharp quality of pitta.
Ways to Use Ghee
Ghee is excellent for cooking and sautéing. Because it’s is a short-chained fatty acid, it has a high smoke point and thus doesn’t create carcinogenic free radicals when brought to a high heat. This means it’s one of the safest oils to cook with (along with coconut oil and butter).
You can also try these ways to use ghee:
Spread it on toast instead of butter.
Add a teaspoon of ghee to your hot breakfast cereal.
Add ghee to your coffee—sounds strange, but it’s delicious!
Melt over steamed vegetables, potatoes, or rice.
Sauté your culinary spices in ghee and add to soups, stews and kitchari.
And, if you burn yourself while cooking, put ghee on it! Along with all its other benefits, it has a cooling property that soothes and heals.