Ancient Organics Grass-Fed Ghee Is like A Pot Of Gold In Your Cupboard
I discovered Ancient Organics Grass Fed Ghee many years ago while on the Body Ecology Diet and on the hunt for the very best source of ghee to enjoy while otherwise going dairy free. That’s right! Because properly prepared ghee is free of lactose milk sugars, it’s a butter you can enjoy when you’re avoiding dairy.
At the time there were far fewer ghee choices, but even amidst the many options we now have, this ghee remains my go to source for the highest quality ghee. You can taste and see the difference. It comes through in the consistent pure gold color, the buttery smooth texture and unbeatable flavor.
These elements all point to the high quality grass-fed milk being used and careful method of small batch preparation. Ancient Organics ghee is quite a bit more expensive than other brands, but that’s in part because it is actually made by hand in small batches and because the milk is coming from locally sourced 100% pasture raised cows.
Pasture Raised & Slow Cooked
Milk coming from Jersey cows grazing on nutrient-dense grasses of Northern California produces an ultra high fat content butter with an incredibly rich yellow-orange color. The bright yellow color is coming from the bounty of beta-carotene consumed by the cows and transfered to the milk in the form of bioavailable vitamin A (retinol). But also an indicator of many other incredible nutrients present in the butterfat, like high amounts of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and other fat-soluble vitamins like antioxidant vitamin E, immune system regulating vitamin D, anti-inflammatory vitamin K2, and finally Butyric Acid, which supports the beneficial bacteria in your gut.
But the almost neon yellow-orange color of Ancient Organics Ghee has to with not just the high quality butterfat used to make the ghee, but is also a result of the gradual heating method. When prepared properly, cooking lightly browns and caramelizes the oils imbuing them with that signature glowing gold hue. Here’s how Ancient Organics Ghee is made:
- Cooked in small vats, grass fed butter is slowly brought to a boil.
- Once at boiling point the heat is reduced and the milk solids are allowed to slowly separate from the oil.
- The solids carry away with it the lactose proteins and milk sugar, leaving behind just the oil with the nutrients.
- The oil is further strained to catch any remaining solids.
- Then poured directly into glass jars and let to cool.
I find that most other ghees are somewhat marbled with brighter yellows and paler yellows mixed together. I suspect it has to do with sped up mass production that may expose the butter to ultra high heat too quickly. I’ve not once had that experience with a jar of Ancient Organics. The color is completely consistent all the way through, every time.
Made in the Vedic tradition
The original founder of Ancient Organics, Peter Malakoff, started the company about 15 years ago after having studied Ayurveda and traditional ghee making with a Vedic master in India. Every detail of production was set according to the traditional Ayurvedic method, including all elements of when and how the ghee was made.
If you’ve ever studied macrobiotics or Biodynamic farming, you’ll fully appreciate the energetic value behind Ancient Organics observation of Vedic traditions. Up until a few years ago, all the ghee was only made on the full or waxing phase of the moon. Because according to Ancient Organics, in the Vedic tradition it is believed that:
“This period of the moon cycle is known as the shukla paksha or the white part of the moon, and is considered auspicious. It is said the moon is considered to rule or control soma; the juice or essence of plants, and of life itself. In the Vedas, milk is said to be the essence of grass, and ghee is said to be the essence of milk. Therefore, the waxing moon and full moon represents the increase of this essential quality.”
As demand became too high to sustain producing ghee only during this short window, Ancient Organics had to broaden their production schedule. Ghee is still made during the full and waxing moon, so if that’s important to you, just place your order by phone and request a batch made at that time.
However all Ancient Organics ghee production continues to observe the Mahamrtunjaya mantra tradition. To create an even more healing ghee, the traditional Mahamrtunjaya mantra is sung while making the ghee. The vibrations of the sound infuse the golden oil with healing and balancing effects. Ancient Organics believe that:
“This sacred mantra for liberation… is important to create a harmonious, relaxed and healing environment in which we can produce the very best ghee.”
If this resonates with you, as it does with me, you might let it inspire you to sing songs of love and gratitude to every dish you make.
Making the call if you’re casein & lactose intolerant
Milk solids in ghee have been carefully removed and strained. However, if you are ultra sensitive to casein, there is a chance that you may experience an allergic reaction to trace amounts of casein.
This is something that you have to decide for yourself, but chances are that you’ll be better off steering clear of all dairy products, including; low-lactose aged cheeses like parmesan, fermented dairy, and unfortunately ghee.