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    Anyone cook with ghee? I picked some up and have been using it for pan frying. Wegmans seems to have stopped carrying coconut oil in their international section so I went with it as an alternative as it has been repped pretty hard over at PaNu. Not sure if it suits my taste. The smell repulses me for some reason....I can't really explain it lol.

    Has anyone else found coconut oil at any brick and mortar chain gorceries? I haven't checked Whole Foods but I try to stay away from there as a rule because the prices are ridiculous and Wegmans supplies many of the same things at fair rate.

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    We order our Nutiva from amazon and get a much better deal than any stores will have. I think a lot of people order from Tropical Traditions also.

    Our local grocery stores, Kroger and Publix, do carry coconut oil, usually in what we call the "natural foods" section. Vitamin stores are also starting to carry it as well.
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    • #3
      I thought it might be blasphemy to admit it here, but I don't like ghee either. I bought some from the place that offered up some prize in Mark's last 30-day primal challenge and, well, I just don't like it. Has a funny smell/taste.

      I get coconut oil at Whole Foods, but then I prefer to shop there for most things.
      Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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      • #4
        I finally made some Ghee after encouragement from one of my customers at work (from India) who said it was super easy. It was great for stir-fry! I made it from grass-fed butter. The smell isn't that bad.. its just conscentrated buttery. Whole Foods 365 brand carries a 14 oz jar of coconut oil for 6.99. At conventional stores, if you find it extra cheap, sometimes its highly-refined stuff. What sort was yours? My area doesn't have a Wegmans. Do they have grass-fed meats?

        Little Saiyan

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        • #5
          Swathorne, your wegmans probably has its coconut oil in the health/natural section, near the alternative flours. At least, that's where the several wegmans around me shelve theirs.
          carl's cave

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          • #6
            I buy the 365 brand coconut oil...some of the brands they carry had a similar "weird" smell/taste as ghee...particularly the Now! Foods brand of coconut oil. blech, I was glad when that container was empty!
            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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            • #7
              When I first bought ghee, I also found the smell and taste unpleasant - I wouldn't have thought something could be *too* buttery, but somehow it managed it. I used tiny bits where I wouldn't taste it. Then I discovered ghee-scrambled eggs - revelation! And somehow I wound up using it for more things... and somehow now when I use it I lick the spoon. Tastes change. (Mine have been changing at a rate of knots.)

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              • #8
                Funny this post popped up today. I bought some ghee yesterday to try, if I had not read this first the smell probably would have really taken me aback.

                I must say, ghee smells like......hrmmm....farmy. That's the best I can describe it. Its not really gamey per say, but it has a distinct smell.

                I used a bit to reheat some sauteed cabbage. While the smell by itself in the pan was strong, it did not change the flavor of my dish at all. Think I will test it on a few things, see how it goes.
                Erin
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                • #9
                  I personally love the smell and flavor of ghee, but then I've never buy it from the store - I make it at home from grass-fed butter. If you'd like to make it flavored, while clarifying the butter, you can add spice of your choice. I usually add a cardamom or two.

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                  • #10
                    I love butter, but not so keen on ghee. Will try making some at home though.
                    Liz.

                    Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                    Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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                    • #11
                      You might try making your own at home and not cook it as long. The longer you cook it, the stronger the flavor becomes. You can cook it less, and it still removes the milk proteins and water without intensifying the flavor as much. But you have to be careful; one time I didn't clarify my butter enough, and it went moldy in the pantry.
                      It's easy enough to make. Melt a couple pounds of butter on the stovetop. Let it boil gently (not hard enough to splatter all over the place, but it does need to be boiling). You don't need to stir, skim foam, or anything. After about 45 min. or so, when most of the foam has disappeared and it's clear to the bottom of the pot, it's done. Pour through a cheesecloth or strainer into a storage container.

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                      • #12
                        I love ghee!! the aroma (buttered popcorn) (probably movie theaters back in the day virtually made ghee by letting the melted butter sit heating so long...)
                        but I digress...the butyric acid is formed (or concentrated, not sure) by boiling and is very good for gut health.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by janagram View Post
                          I love ghee!! the aroma (buttered popcorn) (probably movie theaters back in the day virtually made ghee by letting the melted butter sit heating so long...)
                          but I digress...the butyric acid is formed (or concentrated, not sure) by boiling and is very good for gut health.
                          Oh THAT'S why I don't like it...I can't stand the smell of buttered popcorn either (with neat popcorn being only marginally less offensive). Although I'm an American citizen now, I don't think I'll ever be truly American because of not liking popcorn and being ambivalent about cinnamon! They should make those things part of the citizenship test
                          Liz.

                          Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                          Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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                          • #14
                            what???? oh well, your secret's safe with me....

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                            • #15
                              Grass Fed Organic Ghee is available here: http://pureindianfoods.com/

                              They send the orders out same day, so the wait time is minimal. I love it.

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