By: Berlin Packaging Specialist
Date: December 20, 2019
Cold pressed processing involves using a hydraulic press to make food products like juice and oil. Items produced using this method feature deep, rich flavors and colors. Because the process doesn't involve heat or exposure to large amounts of oxygen, cold pressed products are typically packed full of nutrients. They contain almost as many vitamins and minerals as whole fruit and vegetables. Cold pressed oil often has a multi-layered, complex flavor that adds depth and taste to food. It also results in a chemical and preservative-free product.
- Creates products with deep, rich flavors and bright natural colors
- Minimizes production-related nutrient loss
- Produces juice and oil packed full of vitamins and minerals
- Gives the oil a complex flavor that adds depth to food
- Offers chemical and preservative-free juices and oils
Popular Uses of Cold Pressed Processing
Producers commonly use cold pressed processing to create fruit and vegetable juices. You can also employ the method to obtain oil from nuts and seeds. Many cooks use cold pressed olive, sunflower, sesame, coconut, and canola oil to enhance the taste of sauces, dressings, and marinades. Health-conscious consumers frequently turn to cold pressed oil for a tasty source of cholesterol-free, healthy fat. Essential oil makers often work with the process to obtain chemical-free beauty and health products.
- Produces tasty fruit and vegetable juices
- Creates complexly textured cooking oil
- Provides a healthy source of dietary fat
- Makes nutrient rich and additive-free essential oils
Disadvantages of Cold Pressed Processing
Cold pressed processed juice has a short three to five-day shelf life. Items produced using this method need high pressure processing (HPP) treatment to maintain freshness for more than a few days. HPP requires the purchase of expensive, specialized equipment and the use of special cold press juice bottles. The production process requires a substantial amount of raw fruit and vegetables, increasing your overall raw product expenditures. Cold press juicers also tend to cost more than more commonly used centrifugal alternatives, resulting in higher initial capital outlays.
- Must undergo HPP treatment to extend shelf life
- Tends to be an expensive production method
- Requires investment in pricey equipment.