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Sep 20, 2013 03:40 PM

Ghee in Larger Supermarkets

Any one know of a chain supermarket (not TJ or WF, more like a Stop & Shop or Market Basket) north of Boston that carries ghee? I'll schlep to the Andover WF if necessary, but was hoping to find it more easily.

Note: I do not want to make my own, even if it's easy. ;-)

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  1. Here on the Left Coast, Costco carries it.

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    1. re: c oliver

      If I cannot find it in Shaws, I will trek to Costco. Thank you!

      1. re: c oliver

        I've never seen it in any eastern Costco. Trader Joe's has it now, though the OP apparently doesn't want to go there. Restaurant Depot has 5# tubs of Plugra clarified, but you need to persuade them you're a business before you can shop there. I've been using the TJ's on fresh popped popcorn and it's definitely better than having to melt butter.

      2. I've seen it in the International Aisle at Star/Shaws.

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        1. re: viperlush

          Thank you! Gonna take a look tonight.

        2. Trader Joes has had it near the registers in the Boylston Street store. New products section.


          1. Just a wild guess from your username, I think you may be close to Burlington. Burlington's Market Basket in an attempt to compete with HMart, has a big selection of Asian items. Although I haven't specifically looked for ghee there, they might have it. If not, then HMart right behind them would. For that matter, there are quite a few Indian stores in Burlington that would absolutely have it.

            Now that I think of it, Billerica has a new Indian food store that you could also try.

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            1. re: Kiyah

              Yes, the Indian stores on 3A north of 128, in the little strip opposite the Burlington H.S. football field, do have ghee and lots of other things. China Merchandise has a huge Indian selection as well. Their ghee is from Canada.

            2. This is a little OT but I'm pretty sure that ghee is what is used in movie theaters to butter popcorn.


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              1. re: steinpilz

                Oh no,

                Movie theater popcorn "butter" isn't remotely related to food, as we normally understand it. It's a mixture of various oils (usually coconut, hydrogenated soybean oil, sunflower oil and sometimes canola oil - preserved with tertiary butylhydroquinone).

                It's then dyed, heavily salted, and flavored with the "butter" flavoring chemical diacetyl. Diacetyl has been implicated in a whole host of nasty medical side-effects.

                Real butter is far too expensive and perishable to be an ingredient movie theater pop-corn.

                1. re: NE_Wombat

                  Flavocol doesn't have diacetyl, FWIW.

                  1. re: Karl S

                    Just make sure to apply it to already popped corn, rather than add it to the oil, which is then heated - a process that releases some nasty volatile organic compounds.


                    And, it still isn't remotely ghee.

                    1. re: NE_Wombat

                      It sure tasted like ghee, and ghee does keep at RT, but looking on the web I see that it's probably oil.


                  2. re: NE_Wombat

                    Wow...that's interesting. I always wondered (and never bought movie popcorn :-)

                    1. re: NE_Wombat

                      Many many years ago I ran the popcorn stand at my college's movie series. While no doubt some theaters use the icky-sounding product that NE_Wombat describes, at least back then it was possible to actually use butter. The product we used was butter with all the water removed. That made for a much less perishable product. I do not remember the brand name (we bought it from a candy wholesaler), but the description was "anhydrous butterfat". So yes, it was similar to ghee, but it was not the same. It did not have the toasty flavor that ghee develops when butter is slowly heated to drive off the water. No doubt the process was different.