Is Eden Ume Plum Vinegar really vinegar?
No. Eden Ume Plum Vinegar is the pickling brine from making pickled umeboshi plums with shiso leaves (beefsteak) and sea salt. It gets its ruby red color, naturally, from red shiso leaves. In Japan, it is used just like real vinegar in making homemade pickles, salad dressings, marinades, sauces and for seasoning vegetables and soups. Since it is salty, unlike 'true' vinegar, you may need to reduce or eliminate the amount of salt called for in recipes.
Are 'expeller pressed' and 'cold pressed' oils the same?
No. Mechanical 'expeller' pressing and 'cold' pressing are two different processes used in making unrefined, naturally produced oil. Mechanical expeller pressing applies pressure to the seed or nut by use of rollers to expel the oil. The rolling action and pressure generates some heat through friction, but the temperatures are low enough to protect the nutritional integrity, flavor, and aroma of the oil seed. Expeller pressing is the most common method used in extracting seed and nut oils.
Olive oil is unique in that it is the only oil that can truly be considered 'cold' pressed. Cold press extraction is a simple, gentle pressing that doesn't heat the oil much above room temperature. Oil received from the first pressing of the olives is called 'virgin' olive oil, which comes in three grades: Extra Virgin (the best) has the perfect flavor and aroma. All Eden Oils are expeller pressed with the exception of Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is 'cold' pressed, and is the first pressing of the olives.