Pressing your own cooking oils can be incredibly simple with a home oil press. Although a variety of seeds ranging from pumpkin and hemp to peanut and walnut will also work, MOTHER EARTH NEWS editor Hannah Kincaid uses sunflower seeds and a Piteba Oil Press to demonstrate the process of how to use an oil press as well as a few tips and tricks along the way. Hannah is sure to give you a head start on the pressing matter of making your own expeller pressed oil.
More on Cooking Oils from MotherEarthNews.com: You can grow sunflowers, pumpkins, peanuts, hazelnuts, and other plants to make cooking oil from their seeds. Some nuts and seeds contain more oil than others — for example, almonds, hazlenuts (filberts), peanuts, sesame seeds and walnuts have an oil content of more than 50 percent. Be sure to use oilseed varieties of sunflowers and pumpkins, which have an oil content of about 45 percent, for best results. Visit the link above for more information.