Kitchen tips : How to check purity of mustard oil at home

Kitchen tips : How to check purity of mustard oil at home

Mustard oil or ‘ sarson ka tel ’ is one of the favourite cooking oil in India. Because according to various research, it is proved that pure mustard oil has numerous health benefits that are hard to find in refined oils. But sometimes adulterated and duplicate mustard oil is sold in the market which leads to serious health problems. So to overcome this here are a few kitchen tips on how to check purity of mustard oil at home.

Kitchen tips : How to check purity of mustard oil at home

 

How to check purity of mustard oil

 

To check purity of mustard oil is a very tricky task because adulteration in mustard oil is very common nowadays. To gain profit some scrupulous traders often add low-quality oil especially argemone oil with Mustard oil which not only increases the quantity of oil but also reduces the nutritional level and purity of the mustard oil. Consequently, it leads to adverse effects on health.

 

Are you worried about the quality of mustard oil? According to MyGovIndia, these easy kitchen tips and tricks on how to check purity of mustard oil will help you check the adulteration in mustard oil at home.

 

How to check purity of mustard oil by freezing test

 

This freezing test is one of the easy ways to check purity of mustard oil. For the freezing test take out a little amount of mustard oil in a bowl.

How to check purity of mustard oil by freezing test

Then keep the bowl in the fridge for hours. After some time if the oil is freezing and has white spots.

 

It will remain liquid and clear then you can conclude your mustard oil has adulteration in it otherwise if it will solidify and become cloudy then you can conclude your oil is pure.

 

 

How to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test

Here are the other effective methods to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test. For the sniffing test take out a little amount of mustard oil in your palms and rub it thoroughly.

How to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test

 

After sometimes if it generates a bad chemical odour and also leaves an adulteration colour on the palm then you can safely conclude your mustard oil is not pure.

 

 

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How to check purity of mustard oil by Nitric Acid test

 

According to MyGovIndia, this nitric acid test is one of the quickest ways to check purity of mustard oil at home.

To perform this nitric acid test in a test tube first pour 2 tablespoons of oil then mix it with 5 ml of nitric acid.

How to check purity of mustrard oil by Nitric Acid test

 

Now shake the mixture well if adulteration is mixed with mustard oil you can see mustard oil starts changing it’s colour from rich golden to orange or red or yellow depending upon the amount of adulteration mixed.

If the colour changes then it indicates the presence of a toxic polycyclic salt called Sanguinarine in argemone oil.

This reaction is very sensitive and the colour changes due to the formation of Sanguinarine nitrate. This indicates that the mustard oil is impure.

 

How to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test

 

Here is another method to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test

We all know mustard oil has a high smoke point of about 200 degrees Celsius.

How to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test

 

This means it can be heated to a high temperature without smoking or burning.

If the oil starts smoking or crackling at a lower temperature, then you can conclude that your oil is impure. You can also conclude it is a lower-quality oil with it.

 

How to check purity of mustard oil by water test

 

You can also check the purity of mustard oil by water test at home.
 
For this test mix a small amount of mustard oil with water in a glass. If it is pure mustard oil, then it will separate from the water and float on the top then forming a layer of oil.
 
How to check purity of mustard oil by water test
 
If the mustard oil does not separate from the water but mixes with water, then you can say your mustard oil is impure.
 
By doing the above tests to check purity of mustard oil you can identify impurities in your mustard oil.

 

 

Important tips to keep in mind before purchasing Mustard oil

 

  • Always check the FSSAI ( logo and licence number label of the mustard oil bottle. You can then reverify the FSSAI licence number of the company online.
 
  • Always buy cold-pressed or expeller-pressed mustard oil from a trusted and reputable source.

 

 

Kitchen tips : How to check purity of mustard oil

Kitchen tips : How to check purity of mustard oil at home

Worried about adulterated mustard oil? Don't compromise on the purity of your mustard oil. Stay healthy and safe with our expert guide to check purity of mustard oil before cooking.

Ingredients

  • Mustard Oil
  • Glass bowl
  • Water
  • Refrigerator
  • Nitric Acid
  • Frying pan

Instructions

How to check purity of mustard oil

Check the purity of mustard oil is a very difficult task without any lab test. Still, you can try below is the list of methods you can try at home safely.

How to check purity of mustard oil by freezing test

How to check purity of mustard oil by freezing test

  • This freezing test is one of the easy ways to check purity of mustard oil. For the freezing test take out a little amount of mustard oil in a bowl.

  • Then keep the bowl in the fridge for hours. After some time if the oil is freezing and has white spots.

  • It will remain liquid and clear then you can conclude your mustard oil has adulteration in it otherwise if it will solidify and become cloudy then you can conclude your oil is pure.

How to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test

how to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test

  • Here are the other effective methods to check purity of mustard oil by sniffing test. For the sniffing test take out a little amount of mustard oil in your palms and rub it thoroughly.

  • After sometimes if it generates a bad chemical odour and also leaves an adulteration colour on the palm then you can safely conclude your mustard oil is not pure.

How to check purity of mustard oil by Nitric Acid test

how to check purity of mustard oil by nitric acid test

  • According to MyGovIndia this nitric acid test is one of the quickest ways to check purity of mustard oil at home.

  • To perform this nitric acid test in a test tube first pour 2 tablespoons of oil then mix it with 5 ml of nitric acid.

  • Now shake the mixture well if adulteration is mixed with mustard oil you can see mustard oil starts changing it's colour from rich golden to orange or red or yellow depending upon the amount of adulteration mixed.

  • If the colour changes then it indicates the presence of a toxic polycyclic salt called Sanguinarine in argemone oil.

  • This reaction is very sensitive and the colour changes due to the formation of Sanguinarine nitrate. This indicates that the mustard oil is impure.

How to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test

How to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test

  • Here is another method to check purity of mustard oil by smoke point test. 

  • We all know mustard oil has a high smoke point of about 200 degrees Celsius.

  • This means it can be heated to a high temperature without smoking or burning.

  • If the oil starts smoking or crackling at a lower temperature, then you can conclude that your oil is impure. You can also conclude it is a lower-quality oil with it.

How to check purity of mustard oil by water test

how to check purity of mustard oil by water test

  • You can also check the purity of mustard oil by water test at home.
  • For this test mix a small amount of mustard oil with water in a glass. If it is pure mustard oil, then it will separate from the water and float on the top then forming a layer of oil.
  • If the mustard oil does not separate from the water but mixes with water, then you can say your mustard oil is impure.
By doing the above tests to check purity of mustard oil you can identify impurities in your mustard oil.

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