Contrary to popular belief, olive oil is not typically "pressed". Rather, the oil is extracted from olives using modern equipment. Contemporary olive oil extraction processes result in higher quality olive oil and better yields from the fruit. Read on to learn more about how olive oil is extracted.
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The olive paste is put into a malaxer which is a trough with spiral mixing blades. The temperature within the malaxer is monitored to ensure that the olive paste is not heated above 27ºC (80.6ºF). Malaxation takes 20-45 minutes.
Why isn't olive oil pressed anymore?
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