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02-10-2005, 11:46 AM
I read in the onion bread thread that someone said olive oil wasn't raw and so braggs wasn't raw either? IS this true for all oils?
02-10-2005, 12:09 PM
I have always been told by raw fooders, that cold pressed oils are "raw".
02-10-2005, 12:11 PM
I read in the book- LifeFood Recipe Book - Living on Life Force, by Annie Padden Jubb and David Jubb, which provides instructions on how to determine if an oil is raw: page 248 "Raw oil will wash away with water. Dead oil will cling to whatever it touches".
Well, I had to test it - I make soap and body products, so, I have some raw oils here, and I tried it with the castor oil, apricot and walnut oil that are supposed Cold pressed and cold processed and sure enough it washed right off with water and no residue. I also tried it with an organic cold pressed Olive oil and the same happened, but not with the commerical rice bran oil I have.
You can probably find what you need in your local area, as I have done, but
here are a couple of sources for raw olive oil:
02-10-2005, 11:19 PM
Generally, if something is cold pressed, I have heard that it should be in the refrigerator and kept dark. My flaxseed oil is that way, but my raw olive oil is in a dark metal type of can and I keep it in the cupboard. Hmmm.
02-11-2005, 12:18 AM
olive oil goes rancid very easily...it's best to store it in the fridge
I can't answer for the Bragg's question, I've never used it. But my understanding by everything I've been reading on raw is that as long as the container says 'cold-pressed', it's considered raw. You have to actually look for it on the container.
02-11-2005, 08:29 AM
Extra-virgin Olive Oil is Raw by definition...and I have read that its flavour is best preserved if it is stored in the dark but not in the fridge. Some books or chef websites I have read explicitly state that one should not store Olive Oil in the fridge..although I imagine that if you do not use it quickly enough it would better to lose some flavour by refridgerating than to let it go rancid. :eek:
I always get the oil in the dark green bottles..and I use it so quickly that its going bad is not usually an issue. :)
02-11-2005, 11:36 AM
Just because it says "cold pressed" on the label, doesn't mean it is raw.
"cold pressed" means that it is pressed, not steamed to get the oils out,
When things are pressed at a high rate of speed, they can heat up to 280 degrees, definitely NOT raw. There are two raw olive oils on the market today, Barinis, and the Living Tree brand, some others may be cold pressed but not raw.
Braggs is NOT RAW. they say they are, but will not put it in writing, just think about that one.
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