Almond oil is known for its ability to nourish skin and hair naturally. Popular cosmetic products for hair and skin beauty also use this essential oil as a primary ingredient. Besides for cosmetic purpose, almond oil can be used for cooking as well. As a matter of fact, you can create homemade almond oil by following below instructions.
Conventional extraction method of almond oil does not require any sophisticated tool or machinery. You will only need a blender or manually-operated oil press. If you are using a blender, prepare 2 cups of unroasted almonds and 3 teaspoons of olive oil. If you choose to use a manually-operated oil press, make sure you have some roasted almonds.
Every tool should be clean. You may need to wash the almonds in order to remove the dirt as well. Either blender or oil press may have some mold residue, which will affect the extraction result. Clean tools only ensure the quality of the almond oil.
Simply place the almonds into your blender. Blend them at low speed and gradually increase to higher setting. If you use an oil press, put the almonds into the top of it and start turning the crank.
4. Ball of almonds
When the almonds inside the blender start to form into a ball-like shape, they will create buildup on the sides of the blender. You should pause blending, clean the buildup, and continue blending again. You may need to do this very often for better extraction results. If you use an oil press, you will not need to do this. As you turn the crank, the roasted almonds will start producing oil. Use a clean cup to store the extracted oil.
5. Add olive oil
The ball-like shape will gradually become a creamy paste inside the blender. You can add a teaspoon of olive oil to quicken the process, and continue blending. If it still takes too long, add another teaspoon of olive oil if necessary.
6. Nut Meat
The mixture is now simply nut meat. Store it in a container and keep it at room temperature and leave it for approximately 2 weeks. This process will allow the oil to separate from the meat.
As the oil begins to separate from the meat, you can immediately use it as intended such as for aromatherapy or skincare. You can actually use the leftover nut meat as well, especially for cooking. Mix it with salt and several teaspoons of canola oil then spread it on your toast.