The oils that are used for everyday cooking are extracted from seeds, fruits, vegetables and nuts. There are several ways to extract oil from plants and trees.

The way any oil is extracted affects the taste of the oil in your food and the amount of nutrients that the oil has in it. Cold pressed oils retain all their flavour, aroma, and nutritional value, making these oils great for cooking and skin care requirements. The cold pressed extraction process does not need an external substance as with other methods. The seeds are crushed and pressed in order to extract the oil in the most natural way.


Cooking is the primary use for cold-pressed oils. Sesame Chekku, Peanut Chekku and Coconut Chekku oil are some of the varieties of cold pressed oils currently used for cooking, salad dressings and baking as well. ‘Chekku’ means wood press or cold press in ‘Tamil’. Cold press or Chekku has been used as one of the ancient method of extracting oils for decades.

Cold pressed oils are naturally cholesterol free and have zero trans fatty acids. This is a healthy and tasty alternative for people who have high cholesterol issues or those who are trying to manage their weight.

Cold pressed oils have high nutritive content than the oils that are extracted from the conventional heat extraction method. The major nutrients extracted from vegetable and seed oils are usually  - zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium. These are present in higher percentage in cold pressed oils. The overall nutritional value is better due to high antioxidant content present in it which, on the contrary, is low in conventional oils. They are also rich sources of oleic acid that help boost your immune system and overall health of your body.

In addition to cooking, when cold pressed oils are used for skincare, either directly or as an ingredient in skincare products, the results are very promising.

At Shastha Foods, we have a wide range of cold pressed oils that have been made with the same ‘wooden press’ method of extracting oil as used for generations back in India. This includes Sesame Chekku Oil, Peanut Chekku Oil and Coconut Chekku Oil.

Please visit our online store and check out the range of cold press oils.

Enjoy the rich taste and aroma of cold pressed oils in your food with Shastha Foods Chekku Oils.

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