We produce a delicious premium extra virgin oil made from British rapeseed grown and pressed on our farm in Suffolk. hillfarm cold pressed rapeseed oil is a natural choice for anyone looking for a fully traceable, sustainable British oil.
We use our oil to produce our rich golden farmhouse mayonnaise and garlic mayonnaise. Our luxury cosmetics range include a revitalising hand lotion and rehydrating hand wash, which harness the oil’s richness in Omega 3, 6 and Vitamin E content to soothe, nourish and enrich the skin, leaving your hands feeling cleansed and revived. In 2015 we introduced a delicious honey produced by the bees in hives at Hill Farm who thrive in woodland, clover-rich grasslands, borage and, of course, the rapeseed.
Great Taste Awards
The Great Taste Awards are the UK’s most well recognised awards for food and drink. Three of our products have achieved Great Taste Award winning status with our rapeseed oil being the only rapeseed oil awarded with 2* in 2016. We’re also proud to display a 1* award (2015) for our garlic mayonnaise and the ultimate accolade of 3* (2015) for our farmhouse mayonnaise.
From field to bottle – the process is simple and all takes place on our farm.
1. Rapeseed is grown on our farm and harvested in July.
2. The seed is cleaned and gently squeezed to draw out the oil; by treating the seed with respect we retain its nutritional composition and flavour.
3. The oil is passed through a filter before bottling and being packed and sent to our customers.
100% natural, we put nothing in… and take nothing out.
Did you know that….the rapeseed is small and black like a poppy seed, the centre is golden yellow like the oil.
Our production process
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is globally recognised as a Standard. It guarantees hillfarm is producing oil to a standard of quality, safety and operational criteria that demonstrates hillfarm is fulfilling all legal obligations required of food producers and protects the consumer that uses hillfarm products.
The best quality oils are cold pressed. Cold pressing retains all of the flavour, aroma, and nutritional value of the oil.
The oil is released without any heat treatment. The only heat comes from the friction created during the pressing and never exceeds 35ºC.
We use screw presses – the seeds fall into the thread of the screw and the movement draws the seed through, squeezing out the oil as it is drawn down the shaft of the screw. The oil is pushed out through small holes in the casing. The meal that comes out the other end, is collected up and is used to make animal feed.
Most refined oils are extracted using chemical solvents and high temperatures. Although the process is highly efficient abstracting 98% of the oil from the seed, compared to our 70%, it removes the taste, smell and colour.
With most refined oils and some other cold pressed oils the seeds can come from many different farms or even countries. At hillfarm only the seeds grown on our own farm are used to produce our oil.
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