After some real interest in my ranting on how important it is to use locally produced Rapeseed Oil and how much better it is for you than Olive Oil (I do still love Olive Oil, but used in the correct way) - I thought you might be interested in how it is produced.
Our wonderful partners at Quex Park have given me some information for me to share with you!
Here goes, Quex Rapeseed Oil is cold pressed, simply pressed, filtered and bottled...delicious. They just squeeze the seed and the pure oil comes out, with all the natural nutrients still fully intact & unaffected, natural colour and of course fantastic flavour.
Industrial oil extraction, pre-heat the seeds and use chemicals - although this produces a larger yield of oil per seed it seriously lowers the quality and nutritional value of the oil.
Quex only press the seed once to give only the very best oil - know as Extra Virgin Oil, it is not refined - simply pressed, filtered and bottled.
So now about the real benefits of this oil. Cold pressed rapeseed oil has been shown to help reduce high cholesterol. with a high burning point, it is ideal for roasting, stir-frying or sauteing (we use in our Pure Flavour ready meals) - unlike olive oil which denatures at high temperatures. This means that the anti-oxidant properties of rapeseed oil are maintained at a higher cooking temperature.
Cold pressed rapeseed oil contain a natural balance of omega 3, 6, and 9 oils, making it a great source of these essential fatty acids. It also contains natural Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant, used by the body to fight against the effects of free radicals (ageing toxins), keeping us fresh, and full of energy (maybe for those of us without young kids!).
When pressing rapeseed oil the 'cake' left as a residue is used as a highly nutritional protein feed for the Quex Cattle! We love this so no waste either and local, therefore significantly reducing the carbon footprint usually associated with oil production.
Hope you have found this interesting - please take it upon yourselves to search out for UK rapeseed oil or local rapeseed oil. At Pure Flavour, we are passionate about sourcing as much as possible locally!