Desi ghee is a popular ingredient in almost all Indian households. With a warm golden texture and rich, nutty aftertaste, it is a favorite of children and adults alike. Every meal can become delectable and nourishing, with just a spoonful of pure A2 cow ghee.
As the largest producer of milk in the world, India makes up 22% of the global production, surpassing the production capacity of America, China, and even Pakistan. Despite being a matter of great pride, the sheer size of India’s dairy industry poses a huge problem─ adulteration.
What is adulteration?
Adulteration is the process of compromising the quality of food by the addition of another substance to boost profits. According to the Economic Times, 68.7 percent of milk and milk products sold are not as per standards. By adding water to milk, or cheap oils in ghee, producers are fooling their customers and also providing them with less nutritious and healthy food. The most common ways to adulterate ghee is by using vegetable or coconut oil, coloring, or animal fat.
However, not all brands partake in these activities, but it's difficult to discern the ones that are genuine. As many consume ghee daily, it is our duty to ensure the quality of food being consumed, and serve others.
Ways to check the purity of ghee
Fortunately, you don’t need polygraph tests or laboratory equipment to identify if the ghee is natural. Here are a few quick tests that you can perform at home:
The Hand Test
Take a dollop of the ghee on your palm and wait. If it melts, by itself, the quality is ensured.
The Heating method
Heat a spoonful of ghee in a vessel. If it melts immediately and turns brownish in color, then it is pure. However, if it takes some time to melt and turns yellow in color, then there are chances that your ghee may be adulterated.
One of the most common ways to adulterate ghee is with coconut oil. To check for its presence, melt some ghee in a jar and put it in the fridge to cool. If there is any presence of coconut oil, the liquids will solidify distinctly in two different layers.
Take a teaspoon of melted ghee and put it in a bottle with a pinch of sugar. Shut the lid of the container, vigorously shake it, and then let it stand without interference for five minutes. If you can spot a bit of red color at the bottom of the bottle, then your ghee contains vegetable oil.
This test will show you if your ghee contains traces of starch. Take a small amount of melted ghee and add a couple of drops of iodine solution to it. If the iodine turns purple, then there is a presence of starch.
This method may not be feasible for everyone as it requires Hydrochloric acid that isn’t readily available in everyone’s households. However, if you manage to acquire some of it, take some ghee in a container and add an equal amount of hydrochloric acid to it. Also, add a pinch of sugar. Mix the solution well and wait. If you see the appearance of red or pink color in the bottom layers, your ghee may be adulterated using hydrogenated oils like vanaspati ghee.
Adulteration is a serious issue because it reduces the nourishing properties of pure cow ghee. Shudh A2 cow ghee can work wonders on your health. It is a storehouse for vitamins and minerals, improves digestion, and improves heart health. Moreover, it has unparalleled curative abilities for your skin and immune system. Hence, it’s imperative that the ghee you consume is pure, natural, and free from additives.
Made from the traditional Bilona process, Amrutam ghee is the epitome of purity. Our cows are grass-fed with love and are taken care of to the highest degree. Aiming to match the purity of food in the olden days, we ensure that our ghee is natural and beneficial to all who consume it. You can buy your jar of pure health at our shop!