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8 Easy and Tasty Recipes for Good Hemp Oil

Ahh Good Hemp Oil , our oldest and dearest child. 20 years ago we set out on a mission to make hemp a kitchen staple around the world, armed with our first omega-rich culinary oil, and people loved it. They drizzled it on salads, made roast potatoes and even poured us over ice cream (that was Jamie Oliver and I think he’s the only person that ever done that…but we’ll take it). Today, despite having a whole range of products, we’ll never stop talking about the benefits of our oil (or hemp in general). And while we have no favourites (parents never do) Good Hemp Oil will always have a special place in our hearts.

We make our Good Hemp Oil by cold-pressing hemp seeds which helps maintain that light and nutty taste we’re always talking about with hemp. It’s naturally packed with omega 3, which are essential fatty acids that experts believe aid good brain and heart health as well as boosting circulation and the immune system. Oh and we think it’s way better than its cousin olive oil, because hemp oil has 25x more omega-3 and 40% less saturated fats.
So how do you use hemp oil? Here are 8 of our favourite hemp oil recipes…

As a salad dressing…

Anything olive oil can do, we can do better. Use hemp oil like you would olive oil, drizzled over crunchy lettuce leaves with a squeeze of lime or whipped into a tasty vinaigrette with balsamic, lemon, salt and pepper.

On Roast Potatoes…

This was how chef Hugh Fearnley– Whittingstall first convinced people that hemp oil was the next big thing. We know everyone has their favourite way of making roast potatoes, so why not make this one yours? Here’s the hemp oil roast potatoes recipe, take it as your own.

On Roast Vegetables…

Watching the waistline? Good Hemp works great on roasted veg too. As we’re coming into the colder months, give it a whirl with pumpkin, sweet potato and butternut squash.

In Soup

Talking of butternut squash, this dairy-free butternut squash and hemp soup recipe uses a healthy dose of Good Hemp Oil. The butternut squash, rosemary and hemp oil give it allllll the flavour, while the unsweetened hemp milk gives it a creamy, rich texture (without the cream, of course).

On Stir Fry

The base to any great stir-fry is a culinary oil, along with garlic, ginger, chilli and soy (or tamari if you’re gluten-free). Cook up whatever veg, combine with your rice noodles, then pour some extra oil on top with a sprinkle of coriander.

Quinoa Bowl

If you’re not feeling stir-fry, try this miso quinoa bowl with mushrooms, cavolo nero and hemp seeds. The oil gives it a rich, nutty taste which complements the miso perfectly.

Hemp Pesto

Ok, ok, we know it might take a minute to wrap your head around pesto without olive oil. But it might just become your new favourite hemp oil recipe. Plus ours is nut-free. This recipe by Phoebe Liebling uses our Good Hemp Oil with hemp seeds, broccoli florets and a large bunch of parsley. She pours it over root vegetables, delish.

Good Hemp’s Homemade Granola

Forget the shop-bought stuff, our Good Hemp homemade granola is as easy as 1,2,3. Combine the oats, nuts, Good Hemp Seed Hearts and cacao nibs into a large bowl. Then mix with Good Hemp Oil, maple syrup, salt and hot water. Spread it all over a baking tray and voilà!

Hemp oil is made by cold-pressing hemp seeds and has a light-nutty taste. Now see how you can make delicious recipes from it!

How our is hemp oil made

We have been getting a lot of enquiries lately on exactly how hemp oil is made so we aim to address these questions by putting together this page of information.

The first thing that is done, way before the seed even makes it near where it will be pressed into oil, is that the seed is cleaned to 99.99% clean. This is done to remove all possible leaf matter as well as dirt and contamination from other crops. Since the seed itself contains no THC, the only way the oil can possibly have any measurable levels of THC is if they have been contaminated by the outer protective leafy matter that contains the seed so the cleaning stage makes sure the leaf matter has been removed.

The seed is then loaded into hoppers that empty into a series of cold expeller press heads. These heads extract the oil by extruding the seed into long chunks we call hemp cake and separating the oil in a corkscrew type process. This does create a fair bit of friction and with friction comes heat. We understand how important it is to minimize the head during a cold press and the process used does just that. The highest temperature that occurs during pressing the seed for oil is 40ºC at the press head and the oil is exposed to those temperatures for several seconds only before it quickly cools as it is expelled through the oil drain holes in the press cylinder. Already by this point the oil has cooled to 32ºC or cooler.

Once the oil enters the holding reservoir, it has further cooled to below 20ºC. The fresh hemp seed oil is then fed into a stainless steel cold-filter filtration process. This filter removes any suspended solids from the oil and produces a top quality, clear, food grade hemp seed oil. The oil is then drained into a stainless steel storage reservoir.

During the entire pressing process the oil is flushed with nitrogen gas to remove and displace any oxygen that might be resent. The nitrogen gas is also used in the stainless steel storage reservoir to further remove any suspended oxygen molecules from the oil. The oil is then stored in the stainless steel reservoir until it is needed for packaging, where it is added to bottles, jugs, pails or drums using nitrogen gas to maintain an oxygen free environment.

Since cold pressing is described by the American Oil Chemists Society as using an expelling process to extract oil from vegetable seed at temperatures under 50ºC, the process used to produce our hemp oil exceeds those standards and therefore can be considered cold pressed.

Since the oil is also always produced in a first-press, the cold-pressed hemp seed oil produced using this process can also be considered a virgin oil.

Wondering how hemp oil is made? This link describes part of the process of making oil from hemp seeds ]]>