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RAPESEED OIL FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

. . . no not just Rapeseed Oil but cold pressed Extra Virgin rapeseed oil

What is it about the world as you get older? Everything seems to get stood on its head! When I was growing up the women in the family all used lard and beef dripping to cook with, we even smothered bread in dripping as a treat. Was it an attempt to ease the burden on the National Health Service by sending my generation to an early grave?

Every adult, however old, will I am sure recall being told how something is good for you to eat, good for your health, only to be told at a later date it is bad for you! In recent years a lot has been impressed upon us about the great benefits of the Mediterranean diet with Olive Oil at its heart. So olive oil is good for us . . . or is it?

I like to eat healthily but it will never be at the cost of enjoying what I eat. I have grown to like a good olive oil, often eating it from a bowl with just some rough chunks of fresh bread. On a visit to my doctor last week (good old high cholesterol) I was told that I should seriously reduce the amount of olive oil I eat . "But Doctor, its healthy, its natural and its good for you - all the experts say it's healthy!" Apparently not as it has a high fat content - healthier than most such things but still bad for me!

I'm still going to carry on eating olive oil regardless of the doctor's advice because I enjoy it.

Three days later saw me at the Aldeburgh Food Festival, with this conversation still fresh in my mind, and through one of life's strange coincidences the first stand I came across was selling locally made cold pressed Extra Virgin rapeseed oil.

I vaguely remembered reading something about cold pressed rapeseed oil which suggested it was healthy but had taken no notice. For me the rape crop was something the Common Market had got farmers to grow, in order to reduce other crop production and still pay them. In other words a useless crop with some vague suggestions it was used for making bio fuels. With that in mind I approached the stand with a rather negative attitude!

I am now the proud owner of a bottle of cold pressed Extra Virgin rapeseed oil.

WHY CHOOSE RAPESEED OIL?

  • Low saturated fat

    How much saturated fat does
    your cooking oil contain?
    Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil has the lowest saturated fat content of any other oil available on the market. Only 6% saturated fat content, compared to most Olive Oils containing 14% and Sunflower Oil with 10% saturated fat.
  • Healthy Fats & Omegas 3, 6 & 9

    Rapeseed Oil has 59% monounsaturated fat and 30% polyunsaturated fat. Nutritionists suggest 2:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in the diet. Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil has this ratio.
  • Vitamin E

    Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil also contains Vitamin E. This vitamin has a number of very important functions for example it helps protect cell membranes by acting as an antioxidant. Vitamin E is also necessary to preserve the Omega 3 in cooking, helping to keep its nutritional value.
  • Lowering cholesterol

    Monounsaturated fats, Omega 3, 6, 9 and Vitamin E antioxidants are all known to help lower cholesterol. Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil has all of the above.

. . . AND ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO CHOOSE RAPESEED OIL

All these health benefits are great but when choosing an oil the primary consideration has to be taste. If something doesn't taste good then you are simply not going to eat it. The good news is that Rapeseed Oil tastes great or at least the one I bought, produced by Hillfarm Oils, did. It has a wonderful rich colour with a nutty taste. Goes really well on freshly sliced tomatoes although it is excellent just to dip.

Add to the taste the fact that it has a far higher burn point than olive oil and you have a far more versatile all round product. Has to be worth getting a bottle and trying it for yourself.

WHO PRODUCES RAPESEED OIL?

"Discovering the amazing health benefits compared to olive oil, we felt we had to bottle it and share it. Which made pioneering Hillfarm Oils the first in the UK to produce this fantastic oil." ~ Sam Fairs, Founder and Co-owner of Hillfarm Oils

So there you have it, Hillfarm Oils from Suffolk are the first in the UK to produce and market cold pressed Extra Virgin rapeseed oil.

Hillfarm is a family run business and they farm outside Halesworth in the surrounding Suffolk countryside with rapeseed as one of the main crops grown. Believing that the true value of the crop was not being achieved and also keen to diversify Hillfarm became interested in the idea of cold pressing the rapeseed into a premium cooking oil.

So it is from this initial idea that Hillfarm Oils was created. Hillfarm Oils was created in March 2004, and launched at the Suffolk County Show food hall in the May. They are the original producers of Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Culinary Rapeseed Oil here in Great Britain.

To find out more and/or order a bottle or two of cold pressed Extra Virgin rapeseed oil go to the web site www.hillfarmoils.com. You can also find out from the web site where your local stockist is by entering your postcode www.hillfarmoils.com/stockists.asp.

TRY A RECIPE OR TWO WITH RAPESEED OIL

MARINATED GOATS CHEESE IN HILLFARM RAPESEED OIL

Ingredients

4 Capricorn Goats Cheeses
5 sprigs rosemary
3 bay leaves
1 tbsp mixed peppercorns
300ml Hill Farm rapeseed oil

Method

  • Place the rapeseed oil in a saucepan with the rosemary, bay leaves and peppercorns and slowly heat.
  • As soon as the herbs start to sizzle, remove from the heat and leave to infuse and cool.
  • Halve the goats cheeses horizontally and pack into a half litre sterilised kilner jar.
  • Pour the infused oil, with the herbs and peppercorns, over and around the goats cheeses, topping up with a little extra oil if necessary.
  • Seal and store in a cool dark place for two to three weeks.

Makes 1 x ½ litre kilner jar

HILLFARM SALAD DRESSING

Ingredients

80ml Rice vinegar
50ml Soy sauce
1/4 tsp Ground ginger
1 Clove garlic
2 tsp sugar
210ml Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together for a delicious, healthy salad dressing.

GREAT BRITISH SALAD DRESSING WITH ASPALL’S VINEGAR

Ingredients

210 ml Hillfarm Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil
80 ml Aspall Apple Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
100ml Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Local Honey

Method

  • Mix all ingredients together for a delicious, healthy salad dressing.

 

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