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Local Supplier Spotlight: Bennett and Dunn Rapeseed Oil

You already know that here at Oat Pantry, we love to talk to you about our partner producers, whose expertise plays a big role in the quality of our granola & porridge. The Original Bennett and Dunn Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil is a key ingredient in our Oat Pantry granola, not only is it a healthy alternative to olive oil but it adds a delicious creamy nutty flavour to our recipes.

Read on to discover more about the Bennett & Dunn story in our interview with local suppliers Tracey & Rupert Bennett.

The Bennett & Dunn Story

Bennett & Dunn Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil is produced by husband and wife team Tracey and Rupert in Shropshire, England.

We produce cold pressed, triple filtered, hand bottled Rapeseed Oil drawn from Shropshire’s irresistible landscape. We started Bennett & Dunn in 2014 after watching celebrity Chefs on the television cooking with and recommending Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil as a great British healthy alternative to extra virgin olive oil.

Rupert has a 30 year farming background, and I have lots of experience in retail. After introducing our oil to local farm Shops and chefs, the response was fantastic. This is due in part to Rupert’s passion and dedication to quality, he keeps a tea spoon next to the press and tastes the oil at least once a day to make sure it’s always perfect for you. Nothing is added between the fields and the bottle….it’s just full of natural goodness.

Harvested in late July our seeds are cleaned and then stored ready to be pressed to order every month ensuring the freshest oil when bottled. The oil is extracted by gently squeezing the seed, a traditional process that keeps the delicious creamy nutty flavour, texture and health benefits intact….if you’d like to see Rupert working his magic, take a look at the short video on our website (https://www.bennettanddunn.co.uk/).

Our award winning Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil can be used in place of other oils and butter in all your recipes. Dipping, drizzling, dressing and because it has the highest burn point of 230 degrees C, unlike olive oil, it does not turn toxic at high temperature cooking It’s perfect for pan frying, roasting and stir-fry’s….great for baking cakes too. It also has many health benefits; it contains half the saturated fat of olive oil and ten times more omega 3 which is proven to lower cholesterol as part of a good diet.

It’s dairy free, gluten free and suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets.

We are also proud to be a zero waste business. Our by-product, called Rapeseed cake still has lots of nutrition and is used by local farmers. Any packaging is either reused or taken to the local recycling centre.

We aim to continue providing you with only the finest quality produce.  

Thank you 

Tracey and Rupert Bennett 

www.bennettanddunn.co.uk/

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How Does Recycling Paper Help The Environment?

The state of the environment is now a major concern for all governments, industries and consumers. It’s constantly in the news and there’s a general acceptance about the great benefits of more sustainable ways of life. One great way to help the environment is to ensure you are recycling waste products wherever you can as recycling saves energy, reduces raw material extraction and combats climate change. The vast majority of studies have found that recycling our rubbish is better for the environment rather than incinerating or landfilling it.

From newspapers and magazines to letters and paper bags, paper is one of the most widely recycled items in the UK.

Did you know…?

-Paper fibres can be recycled 4 to 5 times.

-The process of creating recycled paper uses 31% less energy* than the creation of virgin fibre paper.

-Producing a tonne of recycled paper takes 35,000 fewer litres of water* than producing one tonne of virgin fibre paper.

-It takes 1.2 tonnes of recycled fibres to produce 1 tonne of Cocoon recycled paper, but it would take 2.5 tonnes of wood to make 1 tonne of virgin fibre paper.

*based on Cocoon 

How Is Paper Recycled?

Paper is taken from the bin and deposited in a large recycling container along with paper from other recycling bins.

The paper is taken to a recycling plant where it is separated into types and grades.

The separated paper is then washed with soapy water to remove inks, plastic film, staples and glue. The paper is put into a large holder where it is mixed with water to create ‘slurry’.

By adding different materials to the slurry, different paper products can be created, such as cardboard, newsprints or office paper.

The slurry is spread using large rollers into large thin sheets.

The paper is left to dry, and then it is rolled up ready to be cut and sent back to the shops.

While you can always pop used paper out for your regular recycling collection, there are other, more creative, ways of recycling paper that you might want to try at home.

Use it as mulch or compost
Waste paper is a vital ingredient of a healthy compose heap. If you don’t have the space (or time) to build one yourself then you can still recycle paper as mulch. Simply tear it into small strips and place it around your plants. Recycling paper in this way helps to keep the soil in your garden moist and adds nutrients to it too.

Use it as packing material
Not sure how to recycle paper packaging and newspapers? Use them to bulk out boxes when packing items to move house, putting items into storage, or sending gifts to friends. Scrunch up items of used paper or cardboard to fill gaps in the box and protect your valuables.

At Oat Pantry we only use 100% plastic free packaging, that is made from either paper or cardboard (using recycled materials or sustainable materials from FSC approved sources). Our granola and porridge bags are made from paper with a natural plant based coating to keep our products fresh, you can either recycle our bags with your paper stream (to allow them to be made into another product) or you can compost them.