Beech-Mast Oil, is express-. ed from the mast, after it has been shelled and pounded. It is used in many parts of France and Silesia instead of butter: according to Some accounts, it is little interior to oil of olives. Alter the oily part has been extracted, the remainder of the mast, when dried, is said to be sweeter and more palatable that) before, converted into flour, of a similar taste and colour to that of wheat.
in order to obtain pure oil, the following circumstances must be
: 1. The fruit fruit be carefully selected, and all musty, rotten, or tainted nuts, particularly those of the former year, should be ted.
3. The shell of the nut should fee taken oft", which is necessary not only for increasing the. quan-but also for improving the quality of the oil, because the husk comunicates a particular flavour.
3.. The film which surrounds the kernel, the.. 1 be removed, an operation which is essential to the perfection of the oil flour; for the him, though small in quantity, has an astringent dis-le taste, which is plainly the oil and the flour, where its removal has been neglected. It may be separated putting the kernels into hot water as is practised in blanching almonds,
4. After the nuts are gathered, they should be preserved for two or three months in a dry place, so thinly spread out as not to allow them to heat, and often turned, to keep them sweet; then bruised like apples in a cyder mill. In this , the mass should be put into bags of strong thin canvas, and pressed cold. The oil must be ex-tracted by three degrees of pressure : the first moderate, which gives the purest and finest oil ; the second harder, which yields it of an interior quality ; and the third as forcibly as the materials will bear, from which an oil of an indifferent qualify is obtained. After each separate pressure, the bag should be turned, and the mast, after being well shaken, may be preserved for
It has been asserted , that the mast, though three times pressed, is more nutritive than in its natural Ft may, therefore, not only be given as a wholesome food to poultry, swine, and oxen, but also be manufactured into hair-powder: