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Ghee in Larger Supermarkets

pinehurst Sep 20, 2013 03:40 PM

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. c oliver Sep 20, 2013 03:58 PM

    Here on the Left Coast, Costco carries it.

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    1. re: c oliver
      pinehurst Sep 21, 2013 02:47 PM

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

      1. re: c oliver
        KWagle Sep 24, 2013 01:33 AM

        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. viperlush Sep 20, 2013 04:17 PM

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

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        1. re: viperlush
          pinehurst Sep 21, 2013 02:47 PM

          Thank you! Gonna take a look tonight.

        2. BostonZest Sep 20, 2013 06:03 PM

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


          1. Kiyah Sep 22, 2013 06:30 AM

            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
              peregrine Sep 22, 2013 09:27 AM

              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. steinpilz Sep 22, 2013 06:36 AM

              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
                NE_Wombat Sep 23, 2013 06:20 PM

                Oh no,...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
                  Karl S Sep 24, 2013 06:10 AM

                  Flavocol doesn't have diacetyl, FWIW.

                  1. re: Karl S
                    NE_Wombat Sep 24, 2013 01:41 PM

                    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
                      steinpilz Sep 25, 2013 05:41 AM

                      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
                    Spike Sep 25, 2013 07:27 AM

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

                    1. re: NE_Wombat
                      PinchOfSalt Sep 28, 2013 08:30 PM

                      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.

                      1. re: PinchOfSalt
                        KWagle Sep 28, 2013 09:00 PM


                        You can also buy it by the ton from alibaba.


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                    mwk Sep 23, 2013 02:21 PM

                    The Star Market near me in Quincy carries the SWAD brand of Ghee. Check your local Shaw's International Food section.

                    1. StriperGuy Sep 25, 2013 07:48 AM

                      Everybody is behaving very well in not suggesting a make it yourself approach, particularly as making ghee is about as easy as boiling water. In fact I've always wondered WHY you would want something that has been sitting on a shelf for months when you can have the fresh stuff. Home made ghee HAS to taste better though I've never done a taste test.

                      1. greygarious Sep 26, 2013 12:13 PM

                        I am pretty sure I saw it within the last few weeks at either Roche Brothers in Burlington, or MB in Wilmington.

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                          Annief123 Sep 26, 2013 04:35 PM

                          I've seen it in the cheese section of Roache Brothers on the South Shore, but I don't know if there's a Roache Bro. North of Boston.

                          I would ask the grocery manager at S&S if they can order it.

                          1. jennaroo Sep 26, 2013 04:40 PM

                            I work at a Costco in IL, and we have carried it for awhile, I am just not sure if it is sold nation wide.

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