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Pressing Olive Oil The Traditional Way

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Pressing Olive Oil The Traditional Way: Into the Grinder
A Traditional Olive Press: Into the Grinder

A Traditional Olive Press: Into the Grinder

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Traditional olive presses employ grindstones to grind the olives, reducing them to a paste from which the oil can be extracted. Unlike the grindstones of a mill, which are horizontally mounted, with one turning atop the other, the grindstones of an olive press are vertically mounted and rotate in a tub, crushing the olives against the floor of the tub.

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