How to Cold-Press Your Own Sunflower Oil

Hi, I’m John Loveless thanks for tuning in today. today I want to talk to you about.. how to grow your own vegetable oil. YES, that’s right. Growing your own vegetable oil. I want to talk to you about an awesome Product on the market. It is a hand crank oil press. This thing right here, It’s put out by a company called “Piteba” I believe is how you say that? A little European company. but this oil press, you can take any kind of seed or nut, that you’ve grown yourself or just bought, I have here, I have sunflower seeds that I’ve grown last year. and you can feed them in here, and you can press your OWN OIL! Isn’t that Awesome? Now, why would you want to do that? Well, first of all, here’s some regular, store bought vegetable oil, Now this stuff comes from like, a soy bean or a canola seed. Or some other kind of vegetable oil. They put all sorts of chemicals in here to extract the oil. Hexane, weird crappy stuff. you would not want to eat. and then they do this other process, they add another chemical. to get that Hexane out so it doesn’t kill you, and you’re eventually left with vegetable oil but… Geeze, they went through a lot of crazy processing to get it. So we’re going to do cold pressing. natural oil today. This is home made, home pressed, home grown.. Sunflower oil, isn’t that awesome!! That’s cool. You can GROW your own OIL. and you can use this on your food, It’s just such good stuff. I want to show you how this awesome press works. Because maybe in an emergency, you’d be.. need your own oil, I don’t know. It would be fun to know, at least how you could do it. in case right? It takes about 3 lbs of sunflower seeds, to make 1/4 cup (not 1/2 cup) of oil. I’ve got a little jar to collect oil. and once this is heated up, I’ve preheated this. we can just start cranking. Now if you were to buy a commercial oil press.. It will set you back thousands of dollars. They are really expensive. and the motorized ones for smaller operations, They’re still hundreds and hundreds of dollars. Now this one will only cost you, 150 bucks. a hundred and fifty bucks! for your own cold pressed oil. Sunflower seeds –>strait to oil. Fresh, home-made, home-grown, cold-pressed oil. And this little wonder makes it all possible. and it’s only 150 bucks. So try it! Get online, order one today. You will love it, thanks.

79 thoughts on “How to Cold-Press Your Own Sunflower Oil

  • John… question. I've seen other vids where they are heating that area during the whole process… I'm thinking to myself that that creates a hot pressed oil which is inferior to the cold pressed as we know.
    What is the reason that you have to heat that little bit of the … um …. what do we call this the pipe that holds the macerator? That sounds about accurate. So yeah why does that need to be heated at all?

  • Hey guys… I'm trying to build a community discussion space for those of us who want to talk about making oil… here:!forum/oil-pressing.

    John… you said you are getting half a cup from 3 pounds? That seems light! (We can talk about it on the forum 😉 )

  • 3 lbs of sunflower seeds = 1/4 C oil – now …. how many pounds of seeds does 1 sunflower yield? If I want to make 1 liter of oil …. how many sunflowers do I need to grow?

  • and what do you do with the, um, whatchamacallit, the meat of the seed that is left after the oil is pressed out? They can't be extra nutritous at that point, everything good probably got out with the oil

  • just scale the process up and then you will have a bio diesel production plant, and be able to run vehicles on green environmentally good fuel !

  • Hi,I am from India.Could you please send me a video of all the parts of this machine after dismantling it.I can make this exact machine with a lot of improvisation and motorised for about $ 150 or 160 max.You can sell it in your territory and both of us can benefit.If interested please reply.

  • Perhaps not sounding like 2nd grade teacher talking to 2nd grader when speaking to adults would be more welcome.

  • UM.. hey guy you skipped something. The oil you were pressing included the hull and was opaque. The oil you showed everyone was nice yellow oil. You did not make it with that press. This video is a FAKE>

  • $20 worth it, not a penny more. $150 is way way way way way too much for 3 pieces of steel. You just don't know how much cost to produce this item.

  • Here is automatic machine for $134.

  • First of all they use hexane to extract oil yes, but then they put heat to destilate the hexane out and leave the oil itself, they dont put more chemicals to remove hexane sorry for my english

  • I really appreciate this video. I was unaware that chemicals were used to extract commercial oils. I have food allergies that are getting royally out of control and makes it impossible to eat almost anything commercially prepared. Just the other day I had yet another kind and brand of oil (olive oil) that made me violently sick and in pain so bad I was sweating. Food allergies are not fun, especially when I keep finding foods that have been safe for months, suddenly are not. This is the third kind of oil I have tried and eventually became intolerant to it, although I cannot pinpoint what precisely made me sick in it. My guess is some corn byproduct that they do not have to declare. I'm so sensitive to corn that I can't drink city tap water, and any bottled water makes me violently sick. Luckily distilled water is still safe. My food options have been reduced to just fruits (except pineapple- allergic), vegetables (not corn), beans & legumes (cooked at home because of the water and/or salt), raw nuts and seeds (got a reaction from commercially dry roasted peanuts, apparently from cross contamination), brown rice, quinoa, organic tofu, two brands of juice, and plain spices & herbs. I might be able to eat eggs and one brand of tomato paste, but I've had to go on yet another allergy elimination diet to pinpoint the random foods that keep popping up and making me sick. Even salt can make me sick (cornstarch is used to keep it from clumping) and in the US eggs are coated with some corn based sealant after they have been washed and the chickens are fed corn. Yes, I may be that sensitive. So to have any premade oils struck from the list was a hard blow. One of the few meals that my husband and I could still have was red potato and tofu fries, until the oil made me sick. So I really appreciate this video and you pointing out the fact that you used homegrown sunflower seeds. It will give me something to think about for our garden next year. Could you give a rough estimate on how many sunflowers (grown for the oil) are needed to extract 1 cup sunflower oil? And could the leftover pulp be used in cooking if the hulls were removed first?

  • You're using the wrong type of sunflowers. You are using the ones that you eat for seed and they have lower oil content. You need to find the black oil sunflower seeds, the kind used for birdseed. The oil content of the oil seeds is between 30-40% about twice what your using, we raise it on our farm and press our own oil. We yield about a quart from seven pounds of oil. You also need to be aware that the oil has a lower smoke point and much more flavor but it doesn't contain the refining chemicals.

  • thank you so much for uploading this I just wish you wish it was cheaper because a hundred $50 to me is a lot of money right now I will hopefully find one in a garage sale or free from Craigslist or maybe somebody will throw it out in the trash you just never know I have on occasion been very fortunate .

  • John, Hello! I could really use your advise. I recently purchased this Piteba so that I could teach some rural people in Kenya how to use it so they can generate income creating sunflower oil (as a start). I have tried raw sunflowers (that I bought from Sprouts) and I spent nearly an hour on it today, but no oil. It seemed to pass through fine, but no oil. Can you offer some advice please?

  • Can't help but stare at that unfinished decorated drywall lol. It's been a couple years, hope that dinky thing is $40 by now! Bet it would be better for black oil seeds or even better, hemp seeds. Then produce your own hemp ethanol! Hemp or Die!

  • The pulp still looks kinda soggy, why not put that into a wine press or something similar and extract the rest of the oil?

  • Hi John, great video! I read in the comments that you compost the left-over mash. I think you are undervaluing the mash as it is about half-half carbohydrate and protein. From 100 grams of sunflower seed you get 50 g of oil and 20:21 carbohydrate:protein (theoretically). I am looking to do the reverse and get the mash to add to my meals for cheap protein, as I find the oil limits how many seeds you can stomach in a single sitting. I would reconsider putting it in the compost as it's probably just feeding the bacteria and mold in your compost pile. As a bonus you could sell this to vegan/vegetarian people to help them cheaply meet their daily protein needs.
    Cheers From New Zealand,

  • I appreciate this video so much because expenses are pretty costly for any manufacturing of raw materials so thanks for your content. My question is what do you do with the biproduct of oil production? Do you run it through again? Turn it into something else? Thanks

  • You sure that aint cannabis oil your pressing? =), seriously though thanks for the vid, I want to do this myself, as I am suspicious about the oil which I purchase from a company which claim it is cold pressed, but the oil looks a little too clear and the cynic that I am, I think that they are just pouring local supermarket vegetable oils into their bottles and sell that. Thanks again.

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