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Homemade olive oil: instructions for making olive oil at home. The use of the home mini-press to make extra virgin olive oil at home.
L'extra virgin olive oilit is the condiment of excellence in Mediterranean cuisine. Its production usually takes place on an industrial level in large oil mills. What is needed formake homemade olive oil? Undoubtedly you will need the raw material, ripened white olives of your choice. Remember that based on the maturation you will get aolive oilof different color and characteristics; it is equally true thatoliveswhen not ripe they will give a lower yield and the color of the oil obtained will be a bright green. For more information on the characteristics and quality ofolive oilI invite you to read the page:how to recognize extra virgin olive oil.
If the yield of the oil obtained varies according to the degree of ripeness of the raw material, it is difficult to be able to tell you with certainty how many olives you need to obtain a liter ofoil. For indicative purposes only, I can tell you that with 80 kg of white olives you can produce,at least, two liters of oil.
In the articlehow to make oil at home with a presswe have seen how to produce oil in the home with mini-presses created to extract juices and oils from fruit. Anyone who has already tried a domestic press knows very well that the oil obtained is very little and mustpressover and over again the olives to obtain an appreciable quantity of oil.
To streamline the oil production process in the home, the use of the press as described in the article reported above, can be associated with a food processor.
Is it worth producing oil at home?
Yes, but it all depends on your expectations (see last paragraph).
With a domestic press, 80 kg of white olives return at least 2 liters of oil but the yield rises strictly if a food processor is also associated with the domestic press. If you have several quintals of white olives, consider taking them to an oil mill.
How to make oil at home and maximize the yield obtained
L'homemade oilwith the food processor it returns appreciable quantities. What do you need?
- Thermomix type kitchen root
- A 5 liter stainless steel all-purpose press or household press
- A neutral jute cloth
- Various containers
- A cooking spoon
Wash the olives and insert them in the Thermomix. Run the robot at full speed for about 10 seconds. At this point the olives will have been crushed to obtain an oily paste. Remember that with a normal food processor, in 10 seconds, you will be able to process 2 kg of white olives.
After crushing, make it knead (by operating the plastic butterfly) for about 20 minutes at minimum speed, setting the minimum temperature of 37 ° C. At the end of these 20 minutes, insert the oily dough into a press-all upholstered internally with a jute cloth.
Use the flyer for pressand as the liquid escapes from the appropriate drain hole, recover the oil produced. In reality, what you get from this process is an oily liquid from water and oil. At this point you will have to separate the oil from the water: let the mixture rest, the oil tends to separate spontaneously from the water. Use a cooking spoon to remove the oil that has emerged on the surface. In this way, by processing 2 kg of white olives you will obtain over 200 ml of extra virgin olive oil. In terms of time invested, to obtain just over 400 ml of extra virgin olive oil (perform the preliminary process twice in the thermomix) you will have to invest about an hour of time.
It is worth doinghomemade extra virgin olive oil?
Many bloggers would give you a speech ofcost-benefit, while I prefer to think in different terms. If you have a passion for self-production, know that ahomemade extra virgin olive oil, as soon as it is obtained, it tastes very different from what you buy in the shop, even if it is the most prestigious brand. Self-production is always the winning way to discover authentic flavors, of course, it requires commitment and a long time but ... how do you say? Where there is taste there is no perdenza! I love self-production, especially when it comes to quality products such as wine, extra virgin olive oil or ... flour!
I would rather say thatmaking oil at homeconvenient when you are sure of the origin of theolives employed. If they are from your garden even better. If the quantity of olives harvested is not appreciable, do not be discouraged, you can always try your hand at preserve the olives in salt.
Other homemade food products not to be missed:
- Homemade flour
fresh ground flour has a unique flavor
- How to make pasta at home
To make you better understand how to make extra virgin olive oil at home, we refer you to the following video.