Updated: Apr 5
Lakdi Ghani is an ancient method which was used to produce oil by pressing oil seeds.
Cattle were used to turn a thick grinding wooden stick which crushed oil seeds in a cylindrical drum. This Process is now done using machines instead of cattle, but the apparatus has remained the same. Thick Babool shafts are used to grind the seeds against the inner wall of a cylinder. The oil thus produced is drained to the bottom, which is later filtered for use.
What is cold-pressed oil?
Cold-pressed oil is extracted naturally by pressing seeds through wooden churner(Lakdi ghani) process, without using any refining agents and chemicals.
How does cold-pressed oil manufacture?
Wooden churner(Lakdi Ghani):- is Marathi for a process used to extract oil from various Oil Seeds. The method involves a thick wooden shaft (usually Babool wood) which turns in a large grinding tumbler. As the oil seeds are poured in, the shaft grinds the seeds against the inner wall of the tumbler extracting oil.
How is Cold-pressed oil better Vs. Refined Oil?
The regular oil that is used in most households in our country usually goes through many refining and additive processes that contribute mostly towards its shelf life and storage convenience. However, Cold-pressed oil is much rawer and is sold unprocessed to preserve its nutritional value. This, in turn, reduces its shelf life to just 5-6 months. There are many health benefits of Cold-pressed oil compared to other oils. Cold-pressed oils is the source of HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol, the good cholesterol which our body needs
What are the general Benefits associated with Cold-pressed oils?
The oil produced by cold-pressed method is much darker and viscous than refined household cooking oil. This shows that the nutrients, specific to the oil seed, are preserved. Due to the viscous nature of cold-pressed oils, you require lesser oil than any other oils Pure cold-pressed oil will help human body to proportionate the balance of HDL(High Density Lipoprotein), which helps to strengthens muscles, prevents from the fatal diseases like Vata roga, Diabetes, blood pressure, heart attack & cancer.
Does Cold-pressed oil cure any Diseases?
Depending on the properties of specific seed, Oil produced from Cold-pressed benefits people suffering from Cardiovascular diseases, obesity and even High blood pressure. Some oils also contain high amounts of antioxidants that boosts the immune system as well as reduce the visible signs of ageing, such as wrinkles.
Why cold-pressed oils are expensive than any consumer refined oils?
Cold pressed oil is more expensive compared to other forms of extraction as the process is slower and the amount of oil extracted from the raw ingredients is lesser. The Oil manufacturing process is very labour intensive and hence adds to the basic cost of Production. Through cold-pressed method, to get 100% pure 1 liter of oil we need 2.5-5+ kgs (each oil has different requirements) of oilseeds that decides the value/cost of the oil. Purity in oil helps our body to be healthy & rich in nutrition, and even improves the taste of food.
Why we should regularly use cold-pressed oil?
Cold-pressed method naturally preserves vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients which adds to our health! Cold-pressed oils are free from preservatives, transfats, Cholesterol & chemical residues, Cold-pressed oil are naturally produced, enriched HDL which is known as good cholesterol, Cold-pressing eliminates all the harmful effects that arise from the conventional methods of oil extraction.