Flavor Your Life Shares the Steps to Prepare Olives for Processing and Information On How the Juice is Extracted to Make Olive Oil

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The European Union funded campaign Flavor Your Life discusses the process of olive oil extraction.

Flavor Your Life, a European Union funded campaign dedicated to providing the latest olive oil industry news, shares the process of producing olive oil and extracting oil from the olive fruit. The two phase process consists of a grinding and crushing phase, and a separation phase. Both of these phases are part of the extraction process.

The basic principles behind olive oil extraction involve getting the oil from the cells in the pulp of the olive, separating the solids from the liquid, and separating the water from the oil.

These are the steps used to extract the juice from the olives in order to produce olive oil:

  •     Milling: This is the step where olive paste is produced. Olive paste consists of oil, water and solids. The purpose of this step is to break the olives and drain the juice that comes out of the fruit.
  •     Kneading: The paste that was produced in the milling phase is mixed with water in order to facilitate emulsion. The water and oil is churned to prepare for the next step.
  •     Extraction: The purpose of this phase is to separate the liquids from the solids. The residue that is left over is composed of seeds, pulp, olive pits and olive skin.
  •     Water-oil emulsion: During emulsion, a solid residue called sludge still remains. It remains suspended during emulsion.
  •     Separation: This is the last step of the process. It requires letting the oil and the water separate from each other so that the final product can be bottled.

Flavor Your Life, a campaign supported by the European Union, Unaprol and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, is dedicated to providing the latest in industry news and health information about European extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil enhances the flavors of your recipes while providing health benefits. Flavor Your Life campaign, the voice of olive oil production quality control, aims to educate consumers so they can make informed decisions when purchasing olive oil.

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