Making olive oil is not a very easy task, it takes time. Not as much time as wine making, but it does take time. This guide is a doorway to classic and good quality olive oil making. Although this guide is basic, it should be informative enough, plus it contains links to more detailed guides for those who are more interested in the topic.

What you need: Olives, an olive press, some buckets and glass bottles for storage.

About the Olives: Olives for olive oil making are not the ones you eat. They are smaller and they are specific. You can buy them online at sites such as If you have olive trees you can harvest them yourself. Make sure the tree is not sick. You can also take a trip to an olive farm and pay to harvest olives. You will need a lot of olives to make oil. You need four to five kilos of olives to make about one litre of olive oil, depending on the olives.

About the Olive Press: An Olive press is very expensive. There is no way you can improvise one, because they are very complex machines. You can buy a Home Version press at sites such as If you are planning to start your own olive oil business, it is a good investment. You can also rent an olive press at an olive commune. There are communal olive mills or rent-and-shared olive press mills. These are olive mills that rent out the equipment. Washing and separating is done there as well. You will have to take the olives to the mill as soon as you have harvested them. Renting shared mills is cheaper. Users have access to the washing and pressing methods that professional and generations of olive oil makers have used.

You will need some buckets to store the olives and some closed barrels to let them settle. Olives, once pressed, need to settle from 30 to 45 days, depending on the olives.

Step one: Gather the Olives.
Step two: Select and Filter the Olives.
Step three: Wash and separate the Olives.
Step four: Press the olives in the olive press machine.
Step five: Store the olives in the barrels. Store them 30 to 45 days or more.
Step six: Pour the oil in the bottles. After settling olive oil will decant to the bottom of the barrels. Drain it out and put in bottles. Use funnels.
Step seven: Store the bottles. Store in places of low sun light and cool temperatures.

Olive oil making is a millenary art and skill. If you are interested in olive oil making, always read more. There’s a lot of good information available on olive oil making. You can prepare oil bottles to give away to your friends. You can also sell them if they are of good quality. You can start your own olive oil business. Get some information and perfect your work. Olive oil is essential in every table and kitchen.

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