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Butter and Ghee 

Butter: Grass-fed butter, from cows grazing on rapidly growing grass in the spring and fall, is highly nutritious and contains many fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K, which are all necessary for healthy bones, proper development of the brain and nervous system and for reproductive health. Butter is delicious and deeply nourishing and when added to vegetables, soups and sauces, ensures proper assimilation of water soluble vitamins and minerals found in meat, vegetables and grains. Butter also slows the release of insulin and helps to stabilized blood sugar levels.

We purchase our butter from a local dairy during the months when it is available.  When it is not available, we prefer to purchase organic and grass-fed butter such as Kerry Gold which can be found HERE!

Ghee:  For those with dairy sensitivities, ghee is a healthy alternative.  Made from pure butterfat, ghee is free from milk solids and is a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins, and conjugated linoleic acid.  Ghee may be purchased at local health food stores or a traditionally prepared ghee from grass-fed cows may be purchased HERE!

Butter Oil:  High vitamin butter oil is a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins and is considered a most precious whole food supplement!  Dr. Weston A Price recommended that butter oil be taken with cod liver oil for proper assimilation of vitamins and minerals. You can purchase butter oil HERE!

Ghee and MCT Oil:  A convenient choice for those who enjoy Bullet Proof beverages, Coffee++ is a healthy choice as it contains a combination of grass-fed organic ghee and MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglycerides) and is available HERE!

Healthy Fats and Oil’s

Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive oil is a richly fragrant and healthy oil produced from the first cold pressing of olives. Olive oil should have a rich, fruity aroma and should be cloudy, indicating it has not been filtered and should have a golden yellow color, indicating it was pressed from fully ripened olives. Olive oil is extraordinarily rich in antioxidants, phyto-nutrients and Vitamin E, which is why it is extremely sensitive to heat. Therefore, olive oil is best reserved for use in homemade salad dressings and as a finishing oil, drizzled over foods just prior to serving.

Unfortunately, olive oil is often mixed with less-expensive vegetable oils, producing an unhealthy and highly inflammatory cooking oil.  We recommend purchasing your olive oil from a reputable company who pride themselves in producing an excellent quality olive oil using tried and true, earth friendly standards.  You can purchase a delicious olive oil HERE!

Beef, Lard and Mutton Tallow:  Beef, lard and mutton tallow are excellent cooking fat,s which are very stable and excellent for frying and sautéing foods. They also confer many health benefits and play an important role in numerous biological functions throughout the body and contain strong antimicrobial properties, which protect us from viruses, yeasts and pathogenic bacteria in the gut.

We highly recommend cooking with animal fats such as beef tallow and lard!  For those who do not have a local source for these healthy fats, you may find them HERE!

Duck, Goose and Chicken (Schmaltz) Fat: Prized in Europe for use in frying potatoes and other savory foods, duck and goose fat are stable at room temperature and are healthy and slightly anti-microbial fats. Chicken fat is often used in Kosher kitchens, but it slightly inferior to duck and goose fat in its nutritional properties.  You can order Duck Fat HERE!   You can order Goose Fat HERE! You can order Chicken Fat HERE!

Mary’s Marvelous Mixture: This wonderful and tasty healthy blend is comprised of three oils which work beautifully in salad dressings or to saute’ foods. It provides all of the benefits of coconut oil, yet does not have the strong taste of olive oil. To make this delicious blend, simply combine…

Coconut Products

Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil is considered one of nature’s most delicious super foods and is a highly beneficial fat which may be used for sautéing, frying and baking. It is an extremely healthy and stable fat and can withstand high temperatures without oxidizing. Coconut oil supports healthy digestion and immune system function and also promotes a healthy microbial balance in the gut. Coconut oil has strong anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties offering protection from bacteria and fungi. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric acid, which has a profound effect on the immune system and protects the body from virus’s, yeasts, parasites and other pathogens from taking up residence in the gut.

          Virgin Coconut Oil is produced through natural fermentation and has the delicious aroma of fresh coconuts. It is excellent for cooking and baking, as well as for adding to smoothies and warm beverages!

          Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil: Expeller Pressed Coconut oil is simply extra virgin coconut oil which has gone through a steam deodorizing process to remove all flavors and aromas. This oil is best used for cooking and frying in, as it has a very neutral flavor, and does not retain the flavor of coconuts. It is also excellent for seasoning wooden cutting boards and cast iron cookware.  .  We prefer to buy our Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil HERE!

Coconut Flour: Coconut flour is made from dried coconut and lends a light texture to baked goods and is an excellent addition to the gluten free baking cupboard. Because coconuts are not actually nuts, it is a wonderful option for those with nut allergies and sensitivities. Because coconut readily absorbs moisture, additional eggs and liquid are usually needed in most recipes. Coconut flour is low in carbohydrates and is an excellent source of protein as well. It is also high in fiber and is an excellent thickener in gravies and sauces, particularly when blended in a blender to combine the ingredients thoroughly.  We purchase our Coconut Flour HERE!

Dried Coconut: Unsweetened coconut adds a delightful flavor and chewy texture to baked goods and is rich in fiber and protein. When toasted lightly, it also offers a pleasantly crunchy texture to baked goods.  We purchase our Dried Coconut HERE!

Gluten Free Flours

Almond Flour (Blanched): Blanched almond flour is made from finely ground blanched almonds and is delicate in flavor as well as texture. It is a protein-rich, grain-free flour which is low in carbohydrates, making it an excellent addition to the gluten free cupboard. Almond flour can be used to create delicious and nutritious cakes, cookies and sweet breads, as well as a variety of savory dishes.  You can buy Almond Flour HERE!

Almond Meal: Almond meal is simply ground almonds with the skins still on them. It is suitable for cookies and some baked goods but is not as delicate in flavor or texture as blanched almond flour, nor is it as digestible.  You can buy Almond Meal HERE!

Coconut Four: Coconut flour is made from dried coconut and lends a light texture to baked goods and is an excellent addition to the gluten free baking cupboard. Because coconuts are not actually nuts, it is a wonderful option for those with nut allergies and sensitivities. Because coconut readily absorbs moisture, additional eggs and liquid are usually needed in most recipes. Coconut flour is low in carbohydrates and is an excellent source of protein as well. It is also high in fiber and is an excellent thickener in gravies and sauces, particularly when blended thoroughly in a blender to combine the ingredients thoroughly.  You can buy Coconut Flour HERE!

Arrowroot Flour: Arrowroot flour is a nutritious food obtained from a root stock and is easily digested and well suited for infants or those with digestive difficulties. It resembles cornstarch in appearance and is an excellent thickening agent in gravies, sauces and pastry creams. Arrowroot is not a refined product, as other thickeners are, but is simply a dried and powdered root.  You can buy a good quality Arrowroot Flour HERE!

Tapioca Flour:  Tapioca flour, also known as tapioca starch is derived from the cassava root and has a neutral yet mildly sweet flavor. Tapioca is sometimes added to gluten free foods for its ability to bind ingredients and to improve the texture of baked goods. Tapioca adds a crispy and chewy texture as well. Tapioca can replace cornstarch in recipes by simply using 2 tablespoons of tapioca for 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.  You can purchase a good quality Tapioca Flour HERE!

Healthy Baking Ingredients

Gelatin:  Gelatin (unflavored) is a healthy addition to the gluten free baking cupboard and serves as an excellent and healthy binder replacing gums, commonly used in gluten free foods to thicken them, as well as lending a cohesiveness to baked goods lacking gluten. It also thickens fruit spreads and other foods generally served cold or room temperature.  You can buy an excellent quality Gelatin HERE!

Himalayan Pink  Salt:  Himalayan Pink Salt is an important ingredient in the gluten free baking cupboard, as it enhances the flavors of foods, while providing over 84 trace minerals as well.  You can buy Himalayan Pink Salt HERE!

Baking Soda:  Baking soda is an excellent leavening agent, particularly when used in recipes calling for lemon juice, buttermilk, cocoa, molasses or other acidic ingredients, which then reacts by releasing bubbles of carbon dioxide that cause baked goods to rise.

Baking Powder: Baking powder is an excellent leavening agent for quick breads, cookies and cakes and is best when made from scratch using cream of tartar and aluminum free baking soda to avoid chemicals and gluten, which are sometimes found in commercial baking powders.  You can buy an aluminum free Baking Powder HERE!

Cream of Tartar:   Cream of tartar is useful for making baking powder and to stiffen egg whites for lighter and fluffier results.  You can buy a good quality Cream of Tartar HERE!

Cocoa:   Cocoa powder is used when making a variety of desserts or beverages and should not contain sweeteners. Organic fairly traded cocoa powder is grown in a natural environment, preferred by cacao trees is best, both for its healthy qualities and also for nature and wild birds.  You can purchase a good quality organic cocoa HERE!

Healthy Sweeteners

Honey:   Deliciously sweet and satisfying, raw, unheated honey is a rich storehouse of naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. When baking with honey, it is best to choose a mild honey with a less distinct flavor.  You can buy an excellent raw honey HERE!

Maple Syrup:   Whole, organic maple syrup is a healthy sweetener derived from the sap of sugar maple trees and is a minimally processed sweetener with a richness and depth of flavor not found in other sweeteners. Grade B is preferred for cooking and baking. Maple syrup is especially delicious in cream based desserts such as eggnog and yogurt!  You can buy a delicious organic maple syrup HERE!

Organic Cane Sugar:  Whole organic cane sugar is an unrefined sugar with a fait caramel flavor, and whichretains many of the nutrients naturally present in cane juice. It is produced by extracting juice from the sugar cane by pressing and then heating the liquid to reduce it down to a thick syrup. This unrefined sugar retains a light coating of molasses, which contains many nutrients such as calcium, potassium and iron, as well as some amino acids.   You can buy Organic Cane Sugar HERE!

Palm Sugar:  Coconut sugar is made from the nectar of coconut palm tree blossoms and is a wholesome sweetener which a slight caramel flavor. It can be used in place of cane sugar in recipes which call for granulated sugar.  You can buy Palm Sugar HERE!

Brown Sugar:  Brown sugar is simply granulated sugar with a small amount of  molasses mixed back into it. This sugar creates a butterscotch flavor when mixed with butter and can easily be made at home, preferably using whole can sugar and organic unsulfured molasses.  You can buy Brown Sugar HERE!