Peanuts, also known as groundnuts, are one of the most popular nuts to extract oils from due to its low price and high yield value. In Singapore, the popularity of peanut oil has soared in recent years, with sales rising as much as 60%.
Peanut oil is one of the most commonly used oils used by the Chinese, South Asians and South East Asians for cooking and frying dishes. As peanut oil does not absorb flavours from the foods that are cooked in it, the oil can be reused without affecting the flavours of the foods cooked later. With a relatively high smoke point compared to other cooking oils, peanut oil can safely be used for deep frying without breaking down and losing its flavour and nutritional value. (However, do note that unrefined peanut oil has a lower smoke point than refined commercial peanut oil.)
Benefits of Peanut Oil
Unlike many other vegetable oils, peanut oil is free of cholesterol, which clogs arteries and leads to complicated heart conditions. In fact, peanut oil is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which are healthy fats that increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), thereby lowering total cholesterol.
The high levels of polyphenol antioxidants in peanut oil also helps to eliminate free radicals that damage cells and are responsible for many diseases, including cancer.
Peanut oil is also rich in vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy and youthful skin. Vitamin E protects skin from wrinkles, blemishes, and other signs of premature ageing.
Peanut Oil Yield from Oil Press Machine
Using our electric oil press machine, 500g of raw peanuts can yield 234.6g of crude peanut oil. After filtration to remove sediments and large impurities, we are able to obtain 222.9g of pure peanut oil, which is an impressive 44.6% yield rate.
Where to Buy Raw Peanuts in Singapore
Raw peanuts are easily available at most supermarkets in Singapore. Local vegetarian blogger Veggie Temptation has posted that raw peanuts are retailing at Mustafa Shopping Centre at $2.20 per 500g. Alternatively, they are available at wholesalers such as Albert Centre Wholesale Market (Queen St) and Teck Sang (11 Hong Kong St).