Your Milling, Growing & Production Questions Answered October 30, 2015 11:48
Q: Minimum pounds required for Custom Milling?
A: At Bozzano Olive Ranch we require a minimum of 800-1000 pounds, the reason behind this is, under 800 pounds has the potential to be lost resulting in low yields.
Q: How soon should I deliver my olives after picking?
A: In order to comply with California Olive Oil Council (COOC) standards and produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil you are required to have your olives picked an milled within 24 hours.
Q: How soon should I call to schedule milling?
A: 3-4 days in advance
Do you offer custom bottling?
A: Yes, we offer several different options, however we do not create labels, we are happy to put your own label on.
Q: Can I provide my own bottle and cap?
A: Yes, we would have to take a look at a sample bottle to confirm we could bottle.
Q: How many bottles of olive oil can I get per gallon?
A: On average 7 to 7.5, based on a 500ML size.
Q: Do you provide containers for my olive oil after being milled?
A: Yes, we offer food grade containers, 5 gallon buckets, 55 gallon drums (open & close top) & 270 gallon totes.
Q: How soon can I expect my olive oil to be ready for pick up?
A: Within 24 hours. Typically your oil will be milled the same evening that it is brought in and ready for pick up the following morning.
Q: What happens if there are leaves mixed with my olives in the bins?
A: As long as there isn't a heavy excess of leaves, the olives go through a vacuum step that removes the leaves.
Q: Do you offer bins during harvesting?
A: Yes, please call a day in advance with how many bins you will need.
Q: How long does it take for olive oil to seattle?
A: Depending on the Varietal, typically 30-60days, during this process racking will take place.
Q: What is racking?
A: In order for the olive oil to retain the highest level of quality, it should be separated from any sediment and water remaining after extraction. Racking, where the oil is pumped from the top into a clean container, leaving the sediment and water at the bottom.
Q: What kind of bottles do you use and what color are they and what sizes do you offer?
A: Dorica is the type of bottle we use, the color is antique green and we offer 250ML and 500ML sizes.
Q: What is the best way to store Olive Oil?
A: Choose a location for your olive oil that is away from heat, air and light. Store the oil in a cool, dark place.The best temperature to store olive oil no warmer 74 degrees.
Another great reference is Olive Fantastic - Dewey's blog entry on Producing Award Winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil"