Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is ghee?

Ghee is like butter, but better.

Ghee is a rich, delicious, lactose-free alternative to butter and cooking oils. It’s made by distilling butter down to its purest form (this is called clarifying) to remove water and lactose. Shelf-stable and packed with nutrients, ghee has a high smoke point, is good for digestion, and can even help you lose weight. Use it anywhere you would use butter.

Since 4th & Heart ghee is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised New Zealand butter, it has a rich, golden yellow color and contains a higher concentration of vitamins A, D, E & K than traditional butter.

*Ghee, once aligned with a healthy lifestyle or specific diets (such as Keto, Paleo, or Whole30), can aid in the process of weight loss.

Why should I use ghee instead of butter?

4th & Heart ghee can do all the things butter can do—like make toast taste awesome and trick your kids into eating broccoli. But it can also do things butter can’t do. Like maintain its molecular integrity at extremely high temperatures and be digested by lactose intolerant people. Oh, and it also supports weight loss, improves digestion, and reduces inflammation. No big deal. Actually, this IS a big deal. Why don’t more people know about this delicious, amazing superfood? Once you learn what it is and figure out where it is in the store (Pro Tip: it’s by the cooking oils and you can find the store closest to you here), there is no reason NOT to upgrade. Put simply, 4th & Heart ghee is like butter, but better.

Even more, ghee is perfect for baking! Never scramble to get butter to room temperature quickly for baking again, simply keep a jar of our shelf-stable, spreadable Original Recipe Ghee in your pantry for when you get a hankering for homemade treats! Plus, anything you bake with ghee will be naturally lactose-free and easy to digest. Ghee also makes your meals richer tasting and baked goods more moist, because it has more butter and less water than butter itself. It’s buttery-er.

Why should I use ghee instead of coconut oil?

Ghee is easy to incorporate into your daily cooking and baking due to its delicious, buttery flavor without any of the troublesome lactose or casein. Coconut oil is not nearly as versatile because it has a very distinct, coconut flavor that can dominate a meal or baked good’s flavor profile.

Coconut oil used to be all the rage, but we’ve run the numbers and it just doesn’t make the mark. Ghee beats coconut oil in terms of smoke point (ghee = 485ºF; coconut oil = 350ºF) AND percentage of saturated fats (the amount can vary, but generally ghee contains about 50-60% saturated fats as compared to coconut oil’s 80-90% saturated fats), so it’s the healthier choice to keep in your pantry for daily use!

Why should I use ghee instead of olive oil?

When olive oil is used for cooking, it is often overheated because it has a low smoke point of 325ºF. If your olive oil has started to smoke, it degrades and free radicals are released, which can harm the body if consumed. Ghee has a high smoke point of 485ºF and a delicious buttery taste, making it the perfect olive oil substitute for everyday cooking.

What should I use ghee for?

Ghee is a 1:1 substitute for butter or oil in any recipe! Anytime you use coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter – use ghee instead! Our ghee has a spreadable texture that makes it easy to use in baking recipes and it tastes great on toast.

4th & Heart fans have been known to put our ghee on EVERYTHING, but we suggest you try it out by frying up some eggs with Original Recipe, roasting veggies with Himalayan Pink Salt, spreading Garlic on a piece of fresh sourdough toast, or blending Vanilla Bean with coffee for a more nutrient-dense morning pick-me-up.

Follow @fourthandheart on Instagram for new recipes, tips, and tricks to upgrade your meals with ghee every day!

How many sticks of butter are in a jar of 4th & Heart ghee?

Ghee is a 1:1 substitute for butter or oil in any recipe, but a little ghee goes a long way when you’re sautéing veggies, adding a dollop to a sweet potato, or spreading on toast.

  • Original Recipe Ghee, 6oz = 1.5 sticks of traditional butter
  • Original Recipe Ghee, 9oz (our most popular size and flavor!) = 2.25 sticks of traditional butter
  • Original Recipe Ghee, 16oz = 4 sticks of traditional butter
  • Original Recipe Ghee, 32oz (Available exclusively on Amazon) = 8 sticks of traditional butter

Why is 4th & Heart ghee better than other brands on the market?

4th & Heart ghee is made from the highest quality butter from grass-fed, pasture-raised New Zealand cows. Grass-fed is a more prized designation than organic because it is more humane and has even more health benefits – higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a better Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio, and a higher concentration of micronutrients and vitamins A, D, E & K.

Our ghee has a smooth, creamy texture like spreadable butter, unlike other ghee products on the market that separate and may be grainy or runny when you go to spread some on toast. We won’t give away our secret, but rest assured that when you buy from 4th & Heart your ghee will have a creamy, smooth texture.

We also offer a variety of delicious, chef-inspired flavors to please different palettes and cooking inspirations. Even more, we were also the first company to produce a Ghee Oil Spray to make cooking and baking with ghee even easier!

4th & Heart ghee is certified Non-GMO, Lactose & Casein Free, Paleo, Keto, Whole30 Approved, made with Kosher dairy, and Gluten-Free.

Isn’t ghee just clarified butter?

Technically, yes – ghee is a version of clarified butter. Traditional clarified butter is made simply by heating butter and removing the milk solids which have risen to the top of the pot. To make ghee, butter is brought to a boil and cooked until all the moisture is boiled off, and all the milk solids (lactose and casein) have settled to the bottom. These milk solids which have settled on the bottom of the pot are intentionally burned or caramelized, developing the rich, nutty flavor you’ll find in 4th & Heart ghee. Put simply, ghee is the pure extraction of oil from butter.

How long does ghee last?

If you keep the jar nice and clean (never double dip after you spread some ghee on toast, as you can introduce crumbs and water into the jar that can cause mold to develop) it should last indefinitely. We generally recommend consuming your ghee within 3 months of opening. It will last up to 12 months unopened in the pantry. Ghee does not need to be refrigerated and is best left in the pantry away from the heat of your stovetop or oven.

Is 4th & Heart ghee organic?

Our butter comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised New Zealand cows. These countries have very stringent dairy regulations and produce the highest quality butter, but it does not technically qualify as organic. Grass-fed is a more prized designation than organic because it is more humane and has even more health benefits – higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a better Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio, and a higher concentration of micronutrients and vitamins A, D, E & K. We searched long and hard to find the best butter to use in our ghee!

How much does 4th & Heart ghee cost?

Prices vary by region and retailer, so please inquire at your local store. To get the best possible deal on our ghee, shop on Amazon Subscribe & Save, where we have larger jars available (which have a lower price per ounce). When you Subscribe & Save, you’ll be able to set the delivery cadence yourself and you’ll get 5% off each purchase!

Though it may seem expensive to compare the price of our ghee to the price of traditional butter, it takes roughly 3 sticks of butter to make just one 9oz jar of 4th & Heart ghee. We’ve done the hard work so your digestive system doesn’t have to.

Having difficulties with our ghee oil spray? Troubleshoot here.

Because we don't use any additives or aerosol propellants, the ghee oil blend can sometimes thicken and clog the nozzle. Try running the nozzle under hot water for 1 minute to melt the oil. If you have any additional questions, please contact support.

How do I contact customer support?

To contact Support, click here. From there, you’ll be routed to a contact form where you can send an email to our Customer Support Team with your inquiry. If you have an issue with a specific product you have purchased, please make note of the batch number printed in black ink on the jar.

How do I place a wholesale order?

To contact Wholesale, click here. From there, you’ll be routed to a contact form where you can send an email to our Wholesale team.

Why did my ghee arrive melted?

Ghee has a melting point of around 85 degrees, which can be easily reached and even exceeded while in transit during hotter times of the year. The good news is that melting alone does not pose a safety hazard. If you’re using the ghee to cook, the quality will be the same as it will be used in its liquid state anyway! Alternatively, you can toss the jar in the freezer for a couple of hours. Once completely frozen, you can bring it back out to thaw to room temperature. It should stay solid as long as temperatures do not get too high in your house. If you have any additional questions, please contact support.

Why is my ghee grainy?

A slight graininess is normal during certain times of the year due to warmer weather causing the ghee to melt and re-solidify before arriving at your door! You can smooth it out by melting the ghee and then tossing it in the freezer. Once completely frozen, you can bring it back out and let it warm to room temperature. This should return the ghee to the consistency you're looking for! If you have any additional questions, please contact support.

Does 4th & Heart ghee contain casein?

We test all of our products for total milk allergens, including casein, and the results are indicative of less than 5 parts per million. If you have a casein sensitivity, you will most likely be fine consuming our ghee!

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