Cold Pressed Oil

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A cold pressed oil is called so because low temperatures are used in all techniques during its extraction process. Pressing and Grinding are the two main processes involved in its extraction.

The fruits, nuts or seeds of plants are pressed to extract these oils. Heavy machinery or grindstones are used for pressing the seeds. They are also sometimes referred to as cold-drawn or virgin oils. A cold pressed oil has a higher nutritional value. Also, have a subtle characteristic flavor. Most of all, they have a strong and pleasant aroma.





They also have a characteristic viscosity. Most of these oils also contain lesser impurities than other types of oils. A 100% cold pressed oil will go through mechanical processing and minimal filtration process. In addition, very few chemicals and aritificial compounds are added to such oils. Olive, sunflower and peanut is common examples of cold pressed oils.

In contrast, when heat is used in extracting oils it reduces the nutritional value of the oil. In addition, it also adversely affect the color and taste of the oil. Most of the oils treated with heat have a bland taste. Hence, cold pressed oil has numerous health benefits.

The only difference is that usage of heat increases the amount of oil that can be extracted. Thus, when the technique of cold pressing is used the quantity of oil extracted is less; hence they are costlier than other oils. Be careful before purchasing any cold pressed oil.

You cannot blindly trust the label. Smell and taste of the oil verify if it is actually cold pressed oil or not. A cold pressed oil is extremely clean and fresh in taste as well as aroma. They are mostly available in dark colored bottles; usually in dark green, blue or brown colors.

Be wary of cold pressed oil that is packaged in clear glass bottles. Test it thoroughly before buying. Always store cold pressed oil in a cool, dark place. Walnut and Pumpkin Seed oil should be refrigerated and used within a few weeks. Cold pressed oil is supposed to have a rich flavor. It is widely sought to make gourmet dishes.





It is a good addition in dressings in which oils with distinct flavor is required. However, most of these oils cannot be used in cooking. They are weak and have a low smoking temperature. Avoid using cold pressed oils on high temperatures such as frying and sautéing. They are widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. They were also traditionally used in Egypt.

Some of the commonly available cold pressed oils are; extra virgin olive, flaxseed, safflower, canola, grape seed, avocado, sesame, garlic, pumpkin and cod liver. Cod liver oil is extremely healthful and very rich in vitamin A. Sesame oil contains essential fatty acids, lecithin and antioxidants.

Organic Olive oil is an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids. Cold Pressed grape seed oil is a rich source of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid. Sunflower oil is a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Most of the organic soy oils are an excellent source of lecithin, vitamin e and omega 6 fatty acids.







Cold Pressed Oil

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