When it comes to cooking, choice matters. Each ingredient brings its own unique attributes to the table. Oils, including vegan ghee, play a crucial role in flavor, smoke points, and culinary possibilities.
Oils: The Basics
Cooking oils come in diverse forms - canola, grapeseed, avocado, sesame, olive, and more. Their differences lie in taste, fat content, and smoke points, dictating their uses. Oils with higher smoke points handle higher temperatures, expanding their applications.
For your specific needs, explore our full range of cooking oils on our website.
Vegan Ghee: A Nutty Alternative
Traditional ghee originates from cow's milk, renowned for its richness. However, its low smoke point limits its use. Vegan ghee, crafted from plant-based oils, offers an ideal substitute. Nutiva's Organic Vegan Ghee is a prime example, offering a delightful alternative for cooking enthusiasts.
Vinegar's Culinary Magic
Don't underestimate the prowess of vinegar! Beyond cleaning, it elevates dishes with punch, acidity, and depth. Salad dressings, marinades, and sauces all benefit from a splash of vegan vinegar. Explore diverse flavors like tangy, sweet, or malty with our selection.
- Napa Valley Naturals’ Balsamic Grand Reserve Vinegar: Aged Italian grapes infuse this balsamic with a smooth, tart taste.
- Chosen Foods’ Organic Avocado, Coconut, and Safflower Oil: Versatile and with a high smoke point of 490°F, it's perfect for various culinary applications.
- California Olive Ranch’s Avocado Oil Blend: A buttery texture and fruity flavor make it ideal for high-heat cooking.
Elevate your culinary adventures with our premium selection of oils, vegan ghee, and vinegar. Whether you're a home cook or a seasoned chef, these ingredients will take your creations to new heights. Explore the range at PlantX and savor the difference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use vegan ghee instead of oil and vice versa?
You absolutely can! Whether it’s regular or plant-based ghee, it can 100% replace cooking oil if you’ve run out. You can also use cooking oil instead of vegan ghee in some recipes, too.
If you’re replacing vegan ghee with cooking oil, make sure to use one that can withstand the temperature you’re going to cook it on. Some oils have a low smoke point (like certain sunflower oils, for example) and would do horribly for deep-frying.
Does vegan ghee need to be refrigerated?
Unless the manufacturer clearly states the need for it, plant-based ghee does not need refrigeration. A general worry is that ghee is made with milk and may go bad if left at room temp. Since plant-based ghee does not contain the milk solids anymore, it should be fine at room temp - refrigeration could just help prolong the shelf life.
That’s why plant-based ghee is so much better since it’s usually shelf-stable.
My oil has solidified, is that bad?
No, it’s not! Oil just generally solidifies when cooled. If you keep it at a warmer room temperature, it should go back to its original, liquid state. Don’t place it in direct sunlight, though! That won’t do it any good.
While we’re on the topic, your plant-based ghee might also liquefy in warmer room temperatures. That’s because plan-based ghee is usually a blend of oils - which makes it behave similarly to how oil would when there are any changes to the temperature.
Is plant-based ghee healthier than ghee?
Not much has been researched as to which one is really healthier than the other. If we’re talking blood pressure, regular ghee is no better or worse than plant-based ghee. Yes, regular ghee contains fat, one might argue. Let’s not forget that vegan ghee is still made from oils - which contain their own trans fats. So, they appear to be even on the scales.
There’s actually a lot of info you can find online saying that ghee is actually safe for people with cholesterol and blood pressure issues to consume in moderation. We think the same applies to vegan ghee - enjoy it in moderation!