COLD PRESSED OILS
Oil is an important ingredient in our day-to-day life be it for cooking/ seasoning the food or applying it to the skin. And with the market flourishing with different types/grades of oil, it becomes really difficult to choose the best healthy oil for both cooking and skin/hair care needs.
We at SNAANA believe in one bottle multiple-use concepts, something that was practiced in ancient times. A bottle of coconut oil at home was used both for cooking and for application on skin and hair as and when needed. Oils were not graded based on their usage which we often see in today’s world post-industrial revolutions making different graded oils (edible/external use only) with profit-driven motives.
Here at SNAANA, we make more than 20 different oils from different nuts and seeds through the traditional technique of cold pressing suitable for all purposes – consumption, application, or any other use.
Our cold-pressed oils are
100% Natural. Synthetic Free
No Added Colour
No Added Fragrance Or Perfume
Edible - No Adulteration
Here is how we make different cold-pressed oil
Sourcing of Nuts & Seeds
Nuts & seeds are sourced directly from farmers from different regions across India. This helps us source fresh-quality produce which is a must to produce a quality rich cold-pressed oil.
The cleaned seeds are pressed between the two heavy metal blocks to produce the oil. The produced oil is virgin cold-pressed oil. Thereafter the cake- residue is pressed 3-4 times to produce more oil. The produced oil is a nutrient-rich healthy oil best suitable for Eat & Apply.
Difference between Cold pressed oil & Refined/hot pressed oil
- Cold-pressed is prepared at room temperature while Hotpress/Refined is prepared at High temperature.
- Cold press gives low yield hence is expensive while hot press/refined gives High Yield hence is cheap- highly economical.
- Hence, Cold press produces nutrient-rich oil with taste & flavor/aroma similar to the seed while hot press/refined do not contain any nutrient, taste, or flavor.
- Cold press is a traditional technique while hot press/refined is a 21st century devised technique with multistage processing for high yield and cost-effectiveness.
1.What is cold-pressed oil & what cold pressed oil means
Cold-pressed is a clean environment-friendly technique to produce oil from nuts & seeds. The nuts & seeds are pressed between the two heavy metal blocks, thereby the oil is released. The first press released oil is called virgin cold-pressed oil. Thereafter the residue called cake is pressed to extract more oil. During the process, it is ensured that the temperature does not rise beyond 40 degrees Celsius. Hence the oil is produced in a room temperature condition, resulting in no loss of nutrients. The produced oil is rich in flavor & nutrients best suitable for consumption & application. Since there is no addition of heat to the process to increase the yield, the oil is produced cool to room temperature hence its termed cold-pressed oil.
1.What is cold-pressed oil?
Cold-pressed is a clean environment-friendly technique to produce oil from nuts & seeds. The nuts & seeds are pressed between the two heavy metal blocks, thereby the oil is released. The first press released oil is called virgin cold-pressed oil. Thereafter the residue called cake is pressed to extract more oil. During the process, it is ensured that the temperature does not rise beyond 40 degrees Celsius. Hence the oil is produced in a room temperature condition, resulting in no loss of nutrients. The produced oil is rich in flavor & nutrients best suitable for consumption & application. Since there is no addition of heat to the process to increase the yield, the oil is produced cool to room temperature hence its termed cold-pressed oil. standard cold pressed oil
2. Why is cold-pressed oil making a comeback? Why is refined oil not a preferred choice of cooking oil for many health-conscious individuals?
Cold Pressed Oils are making a strong comeback to the Indian kitchen after 1-2 decades of extensive use of refined oil. Refined oil which was claimed to be heart-friendly because of its polyunsaturated fat content has not been able to curtail the prevalence of heart-related & Type 2 Diabetes-related etc. health concerns and cold-pressed oils to serve as a better alternative.
Many research data have pointed towards the bad-side effects of these refined /newer vegetable oils hence it is good to switch to a combination of different types of fats that were in use traditionally. The edible cooking Oil market is a huge industry and apart from adulteration, there are many techniques that have been devised over the decades to make the oil cheaper. Hence, the increasing interest of people in cold-pressed oils makes it clear that people are now looking for time tested healthy alternatives for a healthier future
3. Which is the best cooking oil for deep frying?
Mustard oil prepared through traditionally used cold pressing technique is the best cooking oil for Indian deep frying foods as it can tolerate high temperature – high smoke point. Also since it is grown extensively in India, it is economical as compared to other oils.
However, mustard oil adulteration is common and known to all of us so it’s always good to go by authentic source and evaluate the price feasibility. Going merely by buying the cheapest of the mustard oils in the market, you may end up buying an adulterated bottle of mustard oil.
4.How to choose the best cooking oil?
Choosing a cooking oil driven by what people in Italy or Greece use is simply not doing justice to the health. We should eat the oil pressed from the seeds grown locally. Cuisines/recipes have over the years since ancient times evolved naturally suiting with the availability of different nuts and seeds and their structure and properties. And hence the cooking style too varies from region to region and country to country. For example –Indian recipes demand the use of mustard oil or coconut oil with often deep frying food intake as a habit while Italians or Greek call for using Olive oil. Hence, We should eat what’s locally grown in the area we live in to better adapt to the environment. This way we help our farmers and do not contribute to imports.
5.What is a smoke point in oil?
The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil starts to burn. Smoke point varies from oil to oil making some oils suitable for deep frying while others to be used in salads and dips. In the Indian Context, mustard oil can tolerate high temperature hence is suitable for cooking food including deep frying foods. Cold-pressed oils like coconut, mustard, sunflower, groundnut can be used to fry/cook food while oils like hemp seed, kalonji, pumpkin, almond, flaxseed etc. can be used to add flavor and nutrition to cooked/ready to serve food/salads, etc.