Watch How Cooking Oil is Made, One Teaspoon at a Time

By Noah Kaufman |

It's easy to take cooking oil for granted. It comes in big vats at Costco and goes fast if you have a penchant for frying. But three Chinese designers have made a  gorgeous countertop appliance called the Daily Expeller that illuminates the amount of energy it takes to make even just a little bit.

Some oils are obviously easier to make than others—you can get a lot more from olives than you can from nuts from olives—but the designers chose to focus on more challenging ingredients like walnuts and sunflower seeds.

Despite a process that looks very involved, the machine’s creators say that the whole process takes just 15 minutes (for about four teaspoons of oil).    

What do you think? Are you ready for all the hipster cred that comes with cutting, steaming and pressing nuts and seeds every time you want to make salad dressing? We’re still on the fence. That machine would look good in the kitchen though.

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