Patent Number: 6,251,460

Title: Refining of vegetable oil

Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for refining high acidity vegetable oil that includes a) stripping an optionally bleached vegetable oil with steam at a temperature of 120 to 250.degree. C. and a pressure of 0.7 to 5 mbar for 1 to 60 minutes; b) treating the oil obtained with lye; c) bleaching the oil obtained; d) stripping the bleached oil obtained with steam at a temperature of 120-250.degree. C. and a pressure of 0.7-5 mbar for 5-120 minutes. The resulting oil is bland, transparent and colorless. Refined olive oil is suited for blending with a virgin olive oil or to be used as an ingredient for the preparation of spreads, mayonnaises, tomato sauces and salad oils.

Inventors: Ganguli; Keshab Lal (Vlaardingen, NL), van Putte; Karel Petrus Agnes Maria (Vlaardingen, NL), Stavridis; Vangelis (Vlaardingen, NL)

Assignee: Unilever Patent Holdings BV

International Classification: A23D 9/00 (20060101); A23D 7/00 (20060101); A23L 1/24 (20060101); C11B 3/14 (20060101); C11B 3/00 (20060101); A23D 009/04 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018