Ancient Organics was founded in 2003 by two Ayurvedic practitioners. While studying in India, they were taught the wide praises and benefits bestowed upon ghee by Ayurveda. Upon returning to the Bay area, they started making their own ghee. Using the tradtional methods they were taught in India combined with the Supreme quality of butter from their local creamery, Ancient Organics Ghee was born.
As requests increased from friends and family, it became clear Ancient Organics Ghee had particularly exquisite qualities. They knew much of this had to do with the source of their organic pastured butter: Straus Family Creamery, along with the strict adherence to the ancient techniques and considerations of ghee-making.
Today, Ancient Organics Ghee is sold in many natural grocery stores throughout the country while maintaining a strong presence in the Bay Area. Our uncompromising commitment to quality and authenticity sets the highest standard in the market today.
We would like to thank all the individuals who have supported our vision over the years through their generous donation of time and energy.
From the well nourished, nutrient rich soil to our food and finally our bodies, we recognize the interconnectedness of being.
Ancient Organics seeks to restore the health of the body, mind and earth through connecting communities with their local food systems.
Eat Good Fat: Essential fat is an important part of a balanced diet.
Humans Thrive On Balanced Energy: Good fat is digested easily, providing a sustainable source of energy to the body.
Local And Organic Rejuvenates: Eating Local and Organic provides higher nutrition, increased ingredient vitality and better taste, while supporting local farmers, reducing carbon expenditure and promoting waste-less consumption.
Honoring Tradition: Ancient cultures recognized the impact of season and time on the quality of food production. This knowledge and these practices provide the fundamental tools to create and maintain health in the present.
What is Ghee?
In India, ghee has always been a sacred and celebrated symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment and healing; especially in the daily rituals of cooking and worship.
Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet, and considers it to be the best fat one can eat. Ghee is the very essence of butter; the end result of a long, slow, careful clarification process that removes all the moisture, milk solids and impurities. The absence of milk solids and water in ghee make it completely shelf stable. Ghee has one of the highest flash points (485ºF) which make this oil the best choice for high temperature cooking.
Ghee is comprised of full spectrum short, medium and long chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. Ghee contains Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Ghee made from organic butter of pastured cows is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). 9 phenolic anti-oxidants, as well as numerous other minerals are present in ghee.
Ghee is known as a substance that gives longevity, its elemental qualities balance the aging characteristics by enriching the living body.
Ghee has been used for centuries as a digestive and elimination aid, for energy, sexual vitality, skin and eye health, as a lubricant for the joints and for alkalizing the blood.
The purity of ghee allows it to be deep penetrating and nourishing as it passes through the lipid membranes of cells. For this reason, the vitamins and minerals from food cooked in ghee will be drawn deep into the body where they impart the most benefit. The assimilation of the nutrients increases when suspended in a ghee matrix. When you add spices to ghee to cook with the flavor is carried deep into the food. Many herbal preparations use ghee as the carrier oil because of these characteristics
Ancient Organics Ghee
We make Organic Artisan Ghee.
Ancient Organics Ghee is unlike any other you will find on the market today. We take great care and consideration in the ingredient selection and preparation method. Our uncompromising commitment to quality combined with obsessive attention to detail allows for a unique hand-crafted ghee. Many of the strict protocols for authenticity are integrated into our cooking process.
- Cooking over an open flame means our batches are small (mass produced ghee is made with steam in huge kettles).
- Churned butter is critical to authentic ghee. Straus Family Creamery operates two 1950’s batch churns which are becoming increasingly rare in the butter production industry.
- Honoring the tradition of artisan ghee, production is limited to the full or waxing moon in our peaceful, mantra-infused kitchen. It is thought that the influence of the bright and waxing moon amplifies the elemental healing qualities and taste of ghee.
We make ghee each and every month to highlight the changes in pasture as reflected in the cows diet and ultimately the butter.
Straus Family Creamery
We use only Straus Organic European-Style Sweet Cream Butter in our ghee. Straus Family Creamery became the first certified organic dairy and creamery west of the Mississippi in 1994.Their butter has won the award for the ‘Best Butter in America’ and was named “One of the Top Premium Butters in America” by Food and Wine Magazine. Straus Family Creamery butter has a very high butterfat content of 85%, indicative of their adherence to quality in the way in which they make their butter and the balanced diet of their cows.
Straus Family Creamery cows are pasture-raised and organic. The beautiful hillsides of Marin and Sonoma County along the Pacific coast of Northern California provide a rich flora of sweet grasses, where they roam and graze. During the winter, the cows stay in an open-sided barn with large, open stalls fitted with cushioned cow mats plus natural bedding.
At the Straus family dairy they power their operation with electricity generated from methane from cow manure and power their warehouse with electricity generated from solar panels. They reuse 94% of the water from the creamery on the farm to generate electricity and to irrigate fields. These are only two of many sustainability programs that consumers directly support when enjoying Straus Family Creamery products. To learn more, please visit www.strausfamilycreamery.com.