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Make your own healthy, delicious oils from almost any nut or seed - right in your own kitchen. Freshly pressed oils have unique, complex flavors that bottled oils can't match, and fresh oils may have added health benefits, too. Our European-style mill makes it easy to press your own. As far as we know, it's the only home-sized, non-electric oil mill on the market today.
IMPORTANT! The key to successful pressing is the seeds and nuts you use. They must have the right amount of moisture (10%). If they are too dry, the press will not be easy to crank and a press cake block will occur.
See below for Frequently Asked Questions and more info
Included: oil lamp and user's manual (read before using)
Required Items You Supply: seed hopper made from a plastic soda bottle, colored lamp oil, and small jar or container to collect oil
Our hand-crank mill will process the following oils: Almond, Babassu Kernel, Beechnut, Cocoa Bean, Coconut, Hazelnut, Hempseed, Jatropha, Linseed, Niger Seed, Oil Palm Kernel, Peanut, Pumpkin Seed, Rapeseed, Safflower, Sesame Seed, Soya Bean, Sunflower, Walnut
Note: This press CANNOT be used for fruit and olives.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What materials is the press made from? Specifically, what materials in the press actually touch the seeds being pressed?The screw is made of cutting steel. The press is steel 37. The outside is powder coated.
2) Is there any certification or testing to prove the that materials touching the seeds/oil are food safe?No, not at this time.
3) What type of lubricant is used in the turning mechanism and is there any chance it can leach into the oil that is extracted?The oil that is pressed is also used as lubricant. There is hardly any wear and tear, because the pressed oil lubricates the inside constantly. This is also the reason why normal steel is used: it is always protected by oil. For this reason we advise customers not to use it for pressing juices.
4) Is there any possibility that by-products from the flame of the lamp can get into the oil or contaminate the oil?No, if soot is formed it will not get in contact with the oil. It is important to follow the instructions in the manual.
5) Can I use the press without lighting the candle?The press may be used without the candle, but we do not recommend it. It is almost impossible to turn and the extraction rate will drop by 60% to 80%.
6) How warm does the oil get when pressed?We don't have data on how warm the pulp/oil/seeds are heated by the candle. The press body gets too hot to touch. The oil is warm enough that we can't call it "cold pressed" but we don't believe it is hot enough for significant nutrient loss. There are many variables: Candle height, drafts in the room, etc.
7) How do I check the moisture content of the seeds or nuts? Before pressing, we highly recommend checking the moisture content. This can be done by the following: Weigh exactly 3.5 oz (100 grams) of the seed or nuts to be pressed. Dry them in an oven at 212-221 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 hours. Nuts dry better if they are crushed or ground prior to drying. After drying the seeds or nuts, weigh them again. If the weight is still almost 3.5 oz, there was very little moisture and therefore more water must be added. See manual for more info.