How to make vegetable oil

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Above, Mother Earth News shares the classic way to make vegetable oil with
sunflower seeds using the
Piteba Oil Press.

When you press your own oil it helps you also have a better
understanding of where your food comes from ~ so get the kids
involved! The
Piteba oil press, pictured right, is a hand-cranked
oil extractor that presses oil from all seeds and nuts with a high
oil content. Use it to make your own cold pressed seed oil for
your off-grid lifestyle. The manual press clamps to a work surface.

How much oil can you make in an hour using the Piteba?
  • 5 pounds of almonds or hazelnuts
  • 8 pounds of peanuts or sunflowers
  • 11 pounds of hemp or safflower seeds

Happy endings...
Knowing how to make vegetable oil is a great skill to have. From
a culninary perspective, homemade cooking oils are  more
flavorful than the store bought kind and they're extremely
satisfying to make for gifts and everyday use. You'll always have
oil even when the stores have long closed, your food will taste
better, and you can make homemade candles and soaps.

Making your own vegetable oil is a worthy goal in self-sufficiency.
Now that you know how to make vegetable oil, what's stopping
you from giving it a go? You'll find that making fresh home-made
oil adds an incredible amount of flavor to your foods and that it's
healthier than oils that sit endlessly on the sales shelves before
reaching your pantry.

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How to make vegetable oil
Do it yourself and make your own vegetable oil

Press your own cooking oil!
Homemade cooking oils are flavorful and satisfying to make.
Knowing how to make vegetable oil comes in handy as a prepper
or homesteader for many reasons. It adds to your culinary
experience and you'll be able to make cooking oil for a long-term,
off-grid situation when the grocery stores have long closed. Not
only will your food taste better, but you can make homemade
candles and soaps with your newfound hobby.

Get started making your own vegetable oil! Below is the skinny
on how to make delicious cooking oils from scratch...

How to make vegetable oil
Oil is a necessary item in cooking and when the last of it is gone
from the sales shelves in a long-term emergency, then you'll
certainly need a way to make vegetable oil. Thankfully there are
lots of ways to make cooking oil. You can press or expel the oil
from seeds and nuts, you can
make butter, or you can render lard
and tallow, and you can make oils from vegetables.

Here's how to make your own vegetable oil:

#1: Find an oil press that meets your needs.
To make oil, you'll need an oil press. There are basically two
kinds of oil presses: Electronic or hand crank. If you're making
your own home made soaps, then you'll get a lot out of an
electronic oil press, but it won't serve you in a long term
emergency or off grid homesteading unless you have a steady
stream of solar.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each:

  • Electric oil press. Getting started you may like to to have an
    electric oil press so that you can quickly enjoy your new
    hobby. You can buy a fancy electronic oil press if you're
    foodie, but as a prepper or homesteader with the goal of
    living the off-grid lifestyle this isn't practical. Who wants to
    fire up a generator when you can employ the good old-
    fashioned hand-crank method? If you're planning on making
    soaps to sell at the farmers market or craft fairs, then you'll
    want to get an electronic press. If you're really serious, then
    invest in a commercial press. Imagine the delicious infused
    olive oils you can make.

  • Hand crank oil press. With a hand crank method, you may
    need to clamp to your work surface to deal with the friction.
    Then you just funnel your nuts or seeds into the opening.
    Watch the video below and you'll see Mother Earth News has
    fashioned an empty bottle, but as a prepper you likely
    already have a funnel for your canning.

Check the manual for the oil capacity of nuts and seeds you can
use. The oil press machine pictured at the top of the page, for
example, is suitable for most of the oil content is more than 25%
of the oil crops, such as coconut oil, flax seed, peanut, sesame
seed,sunflower seed, tea seed or walnut. It won't work for olives!
You can read the reviews and see what's best for you. The
commercial olive oil press, right is well worth the expenditure if
you have access to lots of olives!

#2: Pick your source of oil.
There are many kinds of oils you can make from seeds and nuts.
The beauty of making your own oil is that you can use a manual
oil expeller to make cold pressed oil from local seeds and nuts.

Make sure your oil press can handle the oil you want to make.
With a Piteba press, for example, pictured at the bottom of the
page, you use your own muscle power to squeeze the oil from
nuts or seeds. Imagine pressing olives for your home made olive
oil ~ it's so tasty and totally easy to do. Just be sure your
machine can handle it. The commercial olive press, pictured right,
is the tool for making commercial-grade olive oils. You could
easily turn this into a business.

In picking your nuts or seeds it's interesting to note that if they
are too moist, the oil won’t flow. Likewise if the seeds or nuts are
too dry it could clog your machinery.

You can press or expel oils from a variety of seeds and nuts:
  • almonds
  • coconut
  • flax seed
  • hazelnuts
  • hemp seed
  • olives
  • peanuts
  • pumpkin seeds
  • macadamia nut
  • mustard seed
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • tea seeds
  • walnuts

  • One important note of caution: Do NOT use bird seed! Bird
    seed isn't the highest quality of seeds and it's not stored at
    optimal temperatures. What's more, the regulations on bird
    seed aren't like they are for human consumption. At the end
    of the day, you don't really know what you're getting with
    bird seed.

#3 Warm up your machine.
There are two kinds of oil press methods ~ hot or cold. Both
pressing techniques offer slightly different flavors and benefits,
but not all machines can do both. You can switch between the
two methods using the
heavy duty oil extraction machine,
pictured right, of course you'll also pay more for this feature and
you won't be able to use it off grid without the aid of power from
a generator.

In the case of a manual press, like the red
Piteba, at the bottom
of the page, you'll need to warm up your machinery before you
get to the fun part of cranking. In the case of a manual oil press
you'll just need to light the wick and allow it to heat up for
around ten minutes. This not only brings out the flavor, but
enables the extraction process.

You might be tempted to make lots of oil when you get your new
machine, but be sure to make small batches so that it won't get
rancid. Fresh is better anyway and well worth the time you spend
in making it.

#4: Process your nuts and seeds.
It's time to pour your seeds into the hopper. If you're starting
with sunflower seeds, it's very easy: add the hulled seeds to the
funnel and attach the container. The oil needs a place to drip the
contents and a mason jar is an ideal vessel. It's fun to watch
your oil collect.

Now you don't need to hull the seeds! It takes about three
pounds of sunflower seeds to make just a half a cup of sunflower
seed oil if you don't hull the seeds. This means you can use the
sunflowers you grow at home!

Remove any stones or sticks from your seeds before funneling
them into your machine. Some nuts, like hazelnuts or walnuts
require that you remove the hull. You might need to chop up big
seeds and nuts before you start processing them into oil.

#5: Remove the seed cake.
After you've pressed your oil, you'll be left with a mass of seed
pulp. Remove the pulp and re-purpose it! If you have chickens you
can feed this pulp to them as an added source of protein. They'll
love the treat. Otherwise, just add it to the compost pile.

#6: Let your oil cool.
You should let your freshly pressed oil cool for 5-7 hours. Allowing
impurities to settle. You'll find your oil has a texture to it that's
not as refined as the store bought kind. This will be a luxury
you'll treasure. If it's not to your liking, you can filter it through

Enjoy it immediately, around within 2-3 days as there are no
stabilizers in your home-pressed oil. No worries, because if you
don't use your oil you can always use it for lamp oil.

#7: Clean your equipment.
Before you get too excited that you've made your own nut, seed
or vegetable oil, you should clean your equipment so you won't
ruin the next batch with rancid remnants.

#8: Enjoy your oil.
Homemade cooking oil will last 2-3 years. You can also use your
oils for other purposes:
  • Make cosmetic oils. Make carrier oils for your essential oils.
  • Use old oil as lamp oil. Any rancid oil can become the oil you
  • Infuse oils. Preparing oils with herbs is another fun hobby
    and can enhance your cooking oils.

Get started making your own oil!
Whether you're a foodie, a prepper or a homesteader you can
press olives for home made olive oil ~ it's so tasty and totally
easy to do. The video below will help show you how to get

If you're a foodie or a prepper you'll want to eventually make your
own cooking oils. It's a tasty and fun hobby. Using a high quality
machine, you can press coconut, ground nuts, olives, sesame
seeds, walnuts ~ you name it, for cooking and more.

Why make your own cooking oils? Not only are home-pressed oils
more nutritious and delicious, but they are fresher! Cooking oils
just sitting in your pantry or the sales shelves can quickly become
rancid rendering them nearly useless for anything other than lamp
oil. With home made cooking oils you can bake, fry, sauté or use
for dipping, dressings and marinades. They also add flavor and
vitamins to your foods.

Moreover, once you make your own cooking oils you'll want to
give a hand to making your own
carrier oils for essential oils or
other cosmetic purposes, like oil for your hair. You can make
organic oils or choose conventional oils could to fuel your
oil lamp
or for use in
soap making.
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