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How to Make Wheat Germ Oil

By Frank Whittemore ; Updated September 21, 2017

Wheat germ is the embryonic portion of the wheat kernel and is high in oil content. Wheat germ, once separated from the kernel, can be pressed to obtain that oil. The oil is light in both color and flavor. Wheat germ oil delivers a significant amount of tocopherol, also known as vitamin E. In fact, one teaspoon of wheat germ oil delivers more than 33 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E. A simple screw-type press can be used to make wheat germ oil at home.

Making Wheatgerm Oil

Obtain an amount of fresh, separated wheat germ.

Disassemble the oil press and make sure it is clean from the last pressing. Reassemble the press.

Place the two receptacles in the correct position to collect the pressed oil and the cake that is spent during pressing

Fill the feed hopper with wheat germ. Turn the oil press by hand or switch on the electric motor that operates the press.

Watch the feed hopper. As it empties, add more wheat germ. If the hopper gets jammed, stop the press and clear the hopper so that the wheat germ will flow freely.

Examine the oil and cake receptacles. Replace the oil receptacle when full. Empty the cake receptacle as required.

Place the freshly pressed oil in a warm area to let any solids in the oil settle out. Pour the oil off of the solids the next day.


Things You Will Need

  • Wheat germ
  • Screw press
  • Receptacles for oil and spent cake

About the Author


In Jacksonville, Fla., Frank Whittemore is a content strategist with over a decade of experience as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy and a licensed paramedic. He has over 15 years experience writing for several Fortune 500 companies. Whittemore writes on topics in medicine, nature, science, technology, the arts, cuisine, travel and sports.