It’s time to go to the videos. Olive oil milling and pressing is a complicated business that’s not easy to describe. Here are three videos that give you a good idea of some of the milling processes used today and some idea of how picking by hand takes place.
An important point to note before watching is that you will not be seeing the same milling equipment used in all cases. Some are new technologies and some ancient. I think of milling as an art form and each miller has his or her preferences in the type of equipment used to separate the olive from it’s oil.
The first video is from the Discovery Network, Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs – Olive Oil Presser“. The second video is from Italy and comes complete with music and vigorous harvesting (wait and see). It is Fernando Pensato’s “How to Make Extra Virgin Olive Oil“. The third video is “Watch Olive Oil being made at The Olive Press in Sonoma, California” and is narrated by Deborah Rogers, Master Olive Maker and cofounder of The Olive Press (the subject of tomorrow’s article).
Pop some corn and spray extra virgin olive oil on it.
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