Clarified butter, or ghee, is a centuries-old staple in Indian cooking, where it’s prized for a number of reasons: It can be safely stored without refrigeration, a tiny dab imparts a lot of buttery flavor to foods, it doesn’t burn at high temperatures like regular butter, and it’s known to stimulate digestive juices rather than weighing down the stomach like heavier oils. Because the clarifying process removes the remaining milk solids from the butter, ghee is a great alternative for some people with lactose, and even casein, intolerance. This Purity Farms brand is made in Oregon with organic milk from grass-fed cows, and the sweet flavor will make the plainest piece of toast sing. Ideal for making sautés and pancakes and for just about anything requiring butter.
About $8 a jar at your local natural grocery, or check for the nearest source at www.purityfarms.com.