Seed Preparation for Oil Press

While you are first learning how to use an oil press, one of the first unfamiliar tasks that you need to master is seed preparation. Properly cleaning and preparing the seed is important for successful using an oil press to produce your own veggie oil.

Seed cleaning Sunflower Press

Although the specifics of the preparation process vary depending on species of the plant seeds getting used, there are two main steps involved in cleaning that are generally applicable. The first step involves taking off the hulls or seed clothes from the seeds. Depending on the sort of seed, you may well be able to use these hulls for other purposes. For example, soy and sunflower seed coats can be applied as an component for animal feed. Irrespective of the sort of seed, you can add the removed hulls to your fragment bin. 

The second step involves the separation of the seeds out from the chaff. You may use a considerable variety of smaller or medium scale methods and devices to help you in both steps. The available technologies range from a tiny fanning generator to a spiral separator.

Required conditions of seed

Seeds must be completely clean. Obviously, stones and large particles of dirt and grime can damage the devices of the oil press. However, various other dirt and sediment can also cause problems. Over time, fine sand can wear down the smaller regions of the press. Chaff remaining with the seeds can interfere with the process by absorbing a portion of the oil. Even small portions of brake dust debris can interfere with the machinery of an essential oil seed press.

Seeds must by dry. In standard, most varieties of plant seeds need to be have a moisture content of 10 percent before being processed in an petrol press. Seeds that are very moist can cause the machinery to become clogged. They will also lead to lower makes of oil. A more serious potential problem is the fact that extremely moist seeds could become moldy.

Seeds must be warm. If the seeds are within the proper temp range, they will produce a greater amount of oil with a simlar amount of effort. This kind of range is between 90 and 160 degrees Degrees fahrenheit. This temperature can be achieved by several means, depending on amount of seed being processed. Small sums can be successfully warmed with an oven, two times boiler, or solar enthusiast. Larger batches require a heated hopper.