Expeller-Pressed vs Cold-Pressed Oil

  • by Goodnature

Imagine you’re at the grocery store trying to grab a few things before having a few friends over for dinner. You’re making a dish that requires cold-pressed olive oil – okay, no problem.

You walk your cart over to the baking aisle and find yourself confused when you see a handful of different choices with the words “cold-pressed” and “expeller-pressed” on the packaging. You know that you need cold-pressed, but, is that the same as expeller-pressed? 

Expeller-pressed and cold-pressed oils have handfuls of great health benefits, but there are a few differences in the oil extraction process that makes them unique – keep reading to discover those differences!

Expeller-Pressed Oils 

An expeller press or “screw press,” is a machine that presses seeds and nuts through a cavity and uses intense friction and pressure to extract oil. During this process, there isn’t any added heat but since the seeds are pressed using friction, heat is created (around 140-210˚ F). Once the seeds are pressed, the oil is removed. Commonly, the seeds remain in the press to form a hard “brick” which can later be used as animal feed

When expeller pressing, it takes a large number of nuts or seeds to create a high yield – which means more money. This is one of the biggest reasons why oil manufacturers aren’t keen on using this method of extraction and instead use methods that include chemicals and high heat. 

Cold-Pressed Oils 

When pressing seeds or other ingredients to create cold-pressed oils using an oilseed press, less heat is used. The seeds or ingredients are placed in the press and then are crushed by the machine to obtain the oil. Typically, when these ingredients are pressed, they are at a much lower temperature (122˚ F) compared to an expeller press.

Note: Unlike oilseed presses, absolutely no heat is used when making cold-pressed oils with one of Goodnature’s cold-press machines.

How To Make Cold Pressed Almond Oil and Walnut Oil

Since these oils are pressed at a lower temperature, they retain their unrefined healthy antioxidants that would otherwise be destroyed when using high-heat methods. Antioxidants can help your body fight against free radicals which can cause cancer and other diseases. Cold-pressed oils are also typically packed with Vitamin E which has healing properties.

The moment when high heat is introduced into the process, this is when the oil loses all of its antioxidants and vitamins. This is commonly seen in “refined” oils which are made by using high temperatures and chemicals such as hexane to extract a high yield in a short period of time. 

Choosing Between Expeller-Pressed and Cold-Pressed Oil

It is important to remember that cold-pressed oils should be used in lower temperatures, for example, salad dressings, dips, and more. If cold-pressed oils are exposed to high amounts of heat, it’s possible that they will lose their high-quality nutrients. When searching for the best cooking oils to be used at higher temperatures, expeller-pressed oil will be your best option.

Although these techniques are very similar, they are both better than consuming refined oils that undergo processes that include high temperatures, chemicals, high-pressure, and deodorization. Since cold-pressed oils retain high amounts of their original antioxidants, this oil is ideally the most suitable for you to consume.

When purchasing oil, please be aware that just because an oil is at a higher price-point does not mean it’s better quality or a healthier oil. When purchasing oils at the store, we recommend looking at the ingredients to ensure that the oil hasn’t been combined with refined oils in the process!

Always search for a label that says “unrefined oil,” or search for either “expeller-pressed” or “cold-pressed” to understand the pressing process and extraction method. If you’re interested in making your own Cold-Pressed Nut Oil, try our recipe created by our Goodnature Chef and consultant, Ari! 

If you’re interested in creating your own cold-pressed oils, learn more about our industry-leading commercial cold-press machines now!

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  1. Interested in starting the cold pressed oils. Would like to know the cost of machinery n guidance

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    1. Hi Kamlesh,

      That’s great 🙂 I will send you a direct message and put you in touch with someone from our team who can help guide you!

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  2. Am interested in doing cold pressed edible oil projects
    Kindly send your views and opinions and machinery price.

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    1. Hi Meena,

      Great to hear! One of our team members will reach out to you shortly with the information 🙂

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  3. intrested in cold press oil.what is the cost and profir and loss of doing this business

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    1. Hi Abdur,

      One of our team members will email you to help answer your questions, thanks!

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  4. i would like to get in to the business .

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    1. Hi Gokul,

      One of our team members will email you to help answer any questions you have, thanks!

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  5. Hi

    Want to start my own cold press oil set up

    Please send details

    Regards
    Abhishek

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    1. Hi Abhishek, One of our team members will email you to help answer your questions, thank you!

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  6. Hi , I’m planning to start cold pressed organic oil business. Could you please give me the details.

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    1. Hi Sivaganesh, One of our team members will email you to help answer your questions, thank you!

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  7. Dear Sir / Madam

    Send me details of your smallest size cold press oil (for Coconut Oil) machine details with CIF (Cost Insurance & Freight) price port of Colombo Sri Lanka.

    Kind Regards
    Marius

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    1. Hi Marius,

      One of our team members will email you with the information, thank you!

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  8. I’d love a resource for how to use our industrial size Good Nature juicer to cold press olives & possibly avocados.

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    1. Hi Kristy,

      I will put you in touch with one of our team members who can provide you with more information! Have a great day 🙂

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  9. Hi,

    I am interested in setting up a cold press oil unit. Kindly provide the details.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Vivek,

      One of our team members will email you shortly, thanks!

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  10. i would like to get in to the business .

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    1. Hi Venkat,

      One of our team members will be in touch to help answer any questions you have, thanks!

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  11. I am interested in knowing whether you have a high performance (in terms of grams/hour or kg/hour) machine for cold oil production especially that can apply to mostly all the nuts (avocado paste, avocado seed, macadamia, peanut, almond etc). If yes, the quotation of the machine.
    To make it clear, I am interested in cosmetic grade oil. Thank you

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    1. Hi John,
      One of our team members will reach out to you with the information, thank you!

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  12. Hi
    I am interested in understanding the health benefits of coldpressed oils Vs. Expeller oils.
    I have am a high blood pressure patient and am wondering if expeller oils are better for my everyday cooking.
    Which brands are available in the market for personal use. I have used a few Coldpressed oils but how do I check if they are really coldpressed or they are chemically treated. I have read about the lesser shelf life of coldpressed oils since it gets oxidised. Do you have any studies for the shelf life of coldpressed and expeller oils.

    Thank you,
    Dr.Zinal

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    1. Hi Dr. Zinal,

      How you will use the oil will depend on which one you should choose to use. I personally cook with avocado oil because it has a high smoke point (meaning the point in which the nutrients start to degrade), so you can cook with it using low to high heat. You can find a smoke point chart for cooking oils and other information on the refinement processes here: Guide to Cooking Oils and Smoke Points Avacado oil has a lot of great health benefits and has shown in studies to decrease blood pressure. You can find the study in the National Library of Medicine here: Effect of Avocado Oil on Blood Pressure When I cook, I use Whole Foods Market brand, 365 Everyday Value: Avocado Oil or this one from Better Body Foods as it is naturally refined (using activated carbon and clays). We do not have any studies on the shelf life of oils, but I agree with you that cold pressed oils have a shorter shelf life due to the fact that they are raw and therefore not as shelf stable. Hope this information helps and good luck 🙂

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  13. Hello I would like to know the operative steps and which type of grinder plate size and pressing bags should be used for Cold pressed sacha inchi oil from its seeds?

    How many pressed will be needed for oil extraction and grinder speed requirement for this specific product?

    Do I need to roast the nuts prior to pressing?

    Do you have any further details on the viability of churning the X1 unit into an effective Cold pressed sacha inchi oil?

    I have tried R&D on it but it took a long time to pressed out 200ml of oil. Time requirement about 40 minutes.

    Appreciate if you could advise on this. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Sharon,

      I will forward your questions to our chef and business consultant, Ari, he will be able to help answer your questions, thank you!

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  14. Very good information, really appreciate it. We are planning to start wood pressed oil business.
    Would like to know few details regarding the same.
    1. Other than Ground nut, sesame & sun flower , are there any other oils that can be wood pressed.
    2. Machinery Details, Like … as we are start up , we are planning to go with a Medium sized machine than a large one.

    If you can provide us the details it would be really helpful.
    Thanks,
    Raghu

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    1. Hi Raghu,

      One of our team members will reach out to you shortly via email.

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  15. Hi I m Manish,
    Can you me point wise the benefits and advantages of cold press oil as well as expelled oil……as we are planning to buy seeds2oil machine for domestic purpose.

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    1. Hi Manish,

      The main (health) benefit of the final product between the two extraction techniques is that cold pressed oils are made without using heat so they retain their unrefined healthy antioxidants that would otherwise be destroyed when using high-heat methods.

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  16. Hello,
    I am processing coconut oil through the expeller process, the temperature is kept at or below 120 degrees Fahrenheit during processing, Can i call this product Extra Virgin Coconut oil?
    Thanks and Regards
    Ganesh

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    1. Hi Gyaneshwar,

      Here in the US, “virgin” coconut oil typically means that the oil is unrefined and usually cold-pressed. The term “extra virgin” isn’t actually a recognized as a grade of virgin coconut oil by our governing body, the USDA. Some businesses choose to market their oil as “extra virgin”, mainly due to the popularity of the term and that it helps to convey the idea that their oil is of the highest grade available. You can read more about it here: http://www.centrafoods.com/blog/virgin-vs-extra-virgin-coconut-oil-whats-the-difference

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  17. I want to know more details about cold pressed oil machine like capacity per hour, maximum temperature and price. Can you please provide the details and demo video of the machine?

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    1. Hi Sri,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email, thanks!

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  18. Hello, I wanted to know if expeller pressed oil is edible right after extraction?

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    1. From what we understand about expeller pressed oil, it is edible after extraction, and would be considered “unrefined” pressed oil.

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  19. I am interested in both technologies. I would like to have more information with regards cost, timings and volume.
    Thanks and regards.
    Luis C

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    1. Hi Luis,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email to help answer the questions you have!

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  20. I am interested in cold pressed oil . Please send me info on what you think about this and info on your equipment and pricing.
    Thank you,
    Richard Berent

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    1. Hi Richard,

      One of our team members will email you shortly, thanks!

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  21. Interested in starting the cold pressed oils. Would like to know the cost of machinery and guidance

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    1. Hi Harsha,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email shortly, thanks!

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  22. Hi, I am Abadin from Bangladesh. I would like to set-up a small scale (Below 100ltr/hr) cold pressed oil processing line. Please send me the details machinery requirements and specification, if possible.

    With Regards
    Abadin

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    1. Hi Abadin,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email to help answer your questions, thank you!

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  23. I need address for someone doing this business close by. I’m in dlf Gurugram

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    1. Hi Pooja,

      You may want to ask someone locally or do a web search, we are not sure of anyone who manufactures cold pressed oils in your area, good luck to you!

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  24. We are in cold pressed edible oil manufacturing business,we are using man operated wooden churner to extract oil,now we are searching automatic cold pressed edible oil manufacturing machine,will you help us?

    Reply

    1. Hi Santosh,

      One of our team members will email you to help answer your questions, thank you!

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  25. I’m wondering if expeller pressed safflower oil is as healthy as cold pressed. Is the expeller bad for our bodies?
    Thank you

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    1. Hi Iris,
      The main (health) benefit of the final product between the two extraction techniques is that cold pressed oils are made without using heat so they retain their unrefined healthy antioxidants that would otherwise be destroyed when using high-heat methods. In my opinion, cold pressed is healthier than expeller pressed. I don’t know that I would go as far as to say expeller pressed products are bad, they just probably are not as nutrient dense.

      Reply

  26. Kindly quote for your largest cold press to extract chia and sesame oil.
    Please provide info on residual oil content

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    1. One of our team members will reach out shortly, thank you!

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  27. Am interested in doing cold pressed edible oil projects
    Kindly send your views and opinions and machinery price.

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    1. Hi Viviek,

      One of our team members will reach out shortly, thank you!

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  28. Plz guidance to start small scale edible oil industrial plans.

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    1. One of our team members will reach out, thank you!

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  29. When oils are labelled as “first cold-pressed” does that mean they are further refined afterwards? Many olive oils are now labelled as “first cold-pressed”.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Dorothy,

      When oils are labelled “first cold pressed”, they are referring to the fact that the oil is extracted from the first pressing (meaning not from the second or third pressing of the olive or whatever). You can learn more about it here: https://californiaoliveranch.com/blogs/content/what-does-first-cold-pressed-olive-olive-oil-really-mean

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  30. I’m interested in creating my own hair oils but I’m trying to figure out the best way to start.

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    1. Hi Jalen,

      We don’t have any experience in the hair oils business, but if you find yourself needing information on a cold press juicer, we are more than happy to answer your questions!

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  31. I want to start cold pressed oil business, pls guide me which machine should I buy

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    1. Hi Nilesh,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email, thanks!

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  32. I’m interested in making my own cold pressed nut and seed oil, I’m looking for a machine to do this. Can you help me?

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    1. Hi Meghan,

      One of our team members will reach out to you via email, thanks!

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  33. I a looking forward the Cold Pressed Oil Machine of capacity 20Kg seed crushing. Do You have that machine? If Yes, Can you send us the Quotation for the same. S.S. Enterprise, Faridabad

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    1. Hi Jyoti,

      One of our team members will reach out to you shortly, thanks!

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  34. Res. sir, i am very much thankful you differentiated cold pressed & expellor pressed oil ,more awareness is required about expellor oil that it is the best oil for cooking purpose.

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  35. I have a niece in East Africa who has graduated as a chemical and process Engineer and would like to start her business of processing edible oil can she get internship with you to acquire the necessary skills?

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    1. Hi Hilda,

      We manufacture cold press juicing equipment, we are , I would suggest she look into getting an internship from an oil processing facility to learn the necessary skills 🙂

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  36. 5 stars
    Would like to know delivery time and demo any place in Mumbai Thane

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    1. Hi Sanjiv,

      One of our team members will reach out to you shortly, thanks!

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