Cold pressing is the traditional and natural way to produce oil. Oil is simply gently squeezed out of the seed at temperatures below 40°C which ensures that the full essence and character of the oil is preserved. This careful process means that all the natural goodness within the seeds is preserved. Once the oil has settled, it is filtered to guarantee its purity, and then bottled. It is as simple as that – no heating, no refining – just pure, healthy cooking oil.
The whole process is natural which means that slight variations in character and appearance in the oil can be seen from season to season. However, through our careful selection of the finest seeds, and utmost care taken during the oil’s production, we aim to produce the best quality rapeseed oil possible.
Taste and use
MELLOW YELLOW® cold pressed rapeseed oil is brilliantly versatile in the kitchen. Its subtle nutty taste lends itself seamlessly to dressings, fish and pestos – or it can be simply drizzled on bread as a tasty alternative to butter. The delightfully subtle taste of Mellow Yellow allows the flavour of foods to come through during the cooking process. It is also an ideal and healthy substitute to margarine when baking cakes, puddings and biscuits. With a high smoke point of around 220°C, it can be used in roasting and stir-frying: people often comment on the wonderful roast potatoes produced using MELLOW YELLOW®. We have loads of ideas on our recipe page.
Genetically Modified and Extra Virgin – your questions answered
We occasionally get asked why we don’t mention ‘Extra Virgin’ on our bottle of Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW® rapeseed oil. Another query is whether it is free from Genetically Modified rapeseed. They are both important questions which we’re keen to answer and we hope the information below helps:
Genetically Modified (GM): You will not see any claim on our bottles of Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW® regarding it being free from GM rapeseed. The reason is, that there is no such thing as commercially grown GM rapeseed in Britain, therefore the oil is GM free. We work closely with our seed suppliers to ensure we select only seeds that have been tested for their purity and are of the highest quality, to ensure you simply get the best oil possible.
Extra Virgin: As we only use oil from the first pressing of our rapeseed it is equivalent to an extra virgin, cold pressed olive oil. However, being rapeseed oil, we don’t put the words ‘Extra Virgin’ on the bottle because this term is purely reserved for olive oil with very specific criteria relating to that oil alone.
Life can sometimes be confusing with products making claims and statements we don’t always understand. However, Farrington’s MELLOW YELLOW® rapeseed oil and dressings are free from confusing claims, free from unwanted nasties, and packed full of delicious natural goodness.