Most of the recipes available in my app and books are made up of ghee. This has made my readers curious and they often ask me questions such as: What is really ghee? Why do I make use of it, and how to store and package it for a backpacking trip?
Well, here are the answers to all of those questions.
What is ghee?
Ghee is a clarified cow butter made by melting butter and skimming the fat off of the top. During this process, milk solids and water found in the butter start to separate, leaving behind a golden translucent liquid which has a rich nutty taste as well as a great caramel flavor.
There are many benefits that are associated with using ghee and here are some reasons why you should incorporate it into your backpacking menu:
- Ghee Doesn’t Spoil Easily
As the milk solids have been removed during the production process, ghee doesn’t spoil easily. So it doesn’t need refrigeration and can be stored at room temperature for several months or even years.
- Ghee Has Higher Smoking Point
Unlike other culinary oils, ghee has a high smoke point (it doesn’t burn as easily), making it ideal for cooking.
- Ghee is Rich In Vitamins
Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K which are vital for bone formation, the health of the brain and for enhancing the immunity are abundantly contained in ghee.
- Ghee is a good source of energy
One ounce of ghee contains 255 calories! However, the most of the calories in ghee comes from saturated fat that is not healthy for our bodies. If used in moderation, ghee could be a smart and nutritious addition to your backcountry diet.
- Ghee Promotes Flexibility
Ghee is a good lubricator of the joints and connective tissues; it enhances muscles flexibility. No wonder it is the preferred butter of many yoga practitioners.
How to pack ghee for a backpacking trip?
When ghee is bought from grocery shops or online, they are usually packaged in glass jars, this makes them, bulky, heavy and unsafe for backpacking carriage. The perfect item you can use to pack and store ghee is a plastic screw-top jar with a wide mouth.
Where to buy ghee?
You can simply order ghee online, buy it in Indian grocery stores or supermarkets (many of them already have ghee in assortment), or make your own.