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The Bells of Bell & Loxton have been farming at Upton Barton in South Devon for the past 40 years. This is a family business which is run from the family farm. Jonathan, who grew up here, has a degree in Agriculture and has worked in farming for the past 20 years. His love of food - and his passion for good quality natural products has led him to develop Bell & Loxton's cold pressed rapeseed oil for cooking, dressings and mayonnaises. Jonathan is also a keen environmentalist so the idea of a home-grown product that tasted as good as its Mediterranean counterpart, was also healthier and more versatile, was irresistible.
Jonathan's wife, Rachel is also from a farming background. She's equally passionate about food but her interests also lie in marketing so no doubt you'll be bumping into her at shows and fairs.
What is cold pressed rapeseed oil?
A healthy, home-grown alternative to Olive Oil. Bell & Loxton's cold pressed rapeseed oil is a completely natural product with many advantages over other culinary oils. These include:
- the lowest saturated fat content of any culinary oil with 54% less saturated fat than olive oil and 45% less than sunflower oil
- ten times more omega 3 than olive oil - with 9.6% by weight compared to only 0.1% for sunflower oil and 0.7% for olive oil
- a good source of Vitamin E
- no artificial preservatives or colours
- trans-fat and GM free
- Rapeseed oil can get much hotter than olive oil before it begins to burn so is perfect for roasting, grilling and frying
- Delicious in drizzles, dressings, dips and mayo.
What is cold pressing?
Simply squashing the seeds to release the oil. Once harvested, our rape seeds are pressed at a low temperature to extract their natural oil which is then filtered and bottled on our farm in South Devon. None of their nutrients are lost and the oil retains its beautiful golden colour and subtle nutty flavour. Mass production is a very different story: the seeds are steamed to rupture the cell membranes, which can alter the composition of the oil. This is often followed by the addition of solvents to release the last of oil, which is finally it is subjected to a series of chemical processes that decolour, deodorise and de-flavour it to leave a non-descript cooking medium, stripped of all its natural goodness. All Bell & Loxton's rapeseed is grown locally, cold pressed and bottled on our family farm in the South Hams in the heart of South Devon.
Why aluminium bottles?
They're very practical, they won't fall over and break, they take up less space, they're lighter for you to carry home and for us to transport, and aluminium wins hands down on recycling - it takes far less energy to recycle than glass. Aluminium looks good too - but as cold pressed rapeseed oil also keeps best in the dark, aluminium is the perfect container to store it in.
Check out Bell & Loxtonís website at www.bellandloxton.co.uk for all the latest recipes and news.