What is an Example of Extraction?

What is an Example of Extraction?

Extractions are all around us whether we recognize them or not. We use vanilla extract for baking, steep our tea in water to extract flavor, and each time we need a burst of energy—we drink coffee that has caffeine taken from coffee beans. While examples of extraction don’t always have to involve edible outcomes, it is one of the most popular uses for this process.  

But what exactly is extraction?  

In scientific terms, it is the process of using a liquid solvent to remove a compound from another substance.  

In layman’s terms, it is the process of using a chemical to take out the good stuff from a substance. 

Whichever definition you resonate with, you should have a better understanding of what this process is. Now, let’s take a look at some popular examples of extraction. 

Examples of Extraction 

Extracting oils from various types of plants and their seeds is one of the most common forms of this process. Here are a few examples: 

Edible seed oils from: 

  • Olives 
  • Grapes 
  • Peanuts 
  • Palms 
  • Coconuts 
  • & more 

Cannabis Sativa Plant: 

  • CBD and hemp to make: 
  • Edibles 
  • Tinctures 
  • Lotions 
  • Shampoos 
  • Soaps 
  • Face masks 
  • & more 

Types of Solvents for Extraction 

Ethanol, methanol, butane, and acetone are the most common aqueous solvents chemists use for high-quality results. While each has its own pros and cons, ethanol and butanol are favorites when producing food-grade substances.  

Where to Buy Solvents  

EGS sells industrial-grade ethanol, methanol, and more solvents ideal for professional use. All of our compounds are available in bulk quantities and are a cost-effective option for companies consistently extracting compounds in large amounts. Find out more about how our solvents can help your company by getting in touch with one of our expert team members today!