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Started 1340518518.6 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1340987884.88 by chickenbutt

How long can I keep a bottle of olive oil that is not refrigerated? TIA

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barbados1340542196.02314405 PostsRegistered 5/21/2007

I had no idea you had to put that in the fridge. I keep olive oil in a bottle in my pantry and so far it hasn't made me sick or anything.

brii1340542528.52324154 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008
I have never refrigerated olive oil.

Desertdi1340546488.6315935 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

Be sure you clean off the mouth of the bottle and the cap every time you use it, or that residue will become rancid.

sudsgirl1340547023.27542 PostsRegistered 6/13/2012
Olive oil should not be refrigerated. The killer of olive oil is light. Keep it tightly closed in a dark pantry and it should last for months.

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violann1340548085.3112698 PostsRegistered 12/12/2004
Olive oil will not make you sick but if it's exposed to too much heat it will become rancid and the taste of foods with rancid oo in them will be spoiled. If it's hot, we refrigerate. The oil becomes slightly solidified, but thaws in a few minutes on the counter. No difference in flavor. We also buy smaller bottles in the summer.




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bigsister1340591929.4475706 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Southern California

Thanks, ladies, that is just what I thought. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify, but I have had it in a dark pantry for many months as I don't use it often.

lulu21340635545.3621434 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007

We went to a farm in Italy that made their own olive oil. We were told NEVER refrigerate it.

chickenbutt1340637861.52724194 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

This is a timely subject for me. I have a bottle of organic olive oil that must have been a gift or something, as I didn't buy it. Anyway, it's still sealed with a seal kind of like a bottle of wine, and it is quite a few years old.

Can I most probably assume that it's no good? It's been kept in the back of a dark, cool, cabinet all these years and never opened. There is no 'use by' date on the bottle or label.

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danni rose1340642051.6632552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011
On 6/24/2012 bigsister said:

Thanks, ladies, that is just what I thought. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify, but I have had it in a dark pantry for many months as I don't use it often.

your olive oil solidifies?

danni rose1340642183.252552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011
On 6/25/2012 chickenbutt said:

This is a timely subject for me. I have a bottle of organic olive oil that must have been a gift or something, as I didn't buy it. Anyway, it's still sealed with a seal kind of like a bottle of wine, and it is quite a few years old.

Can I most probably assume that it's no good? It's been kept in the back of a dark, cool, cabinet all these years and never opened. There is no 'use by' date on the bottle or label.

i would think it would be best to toss it. you're right, it's not like wine in that it doesn't age. my theory is ... when in doubt, toss it. better to be safe.

chickenbutt1340642277.52724194 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Thanks, Danni Rose. You are probably right. I always have a hard time just tossing something but I have to let my logical mind kick in. It tells me that something like that should not be any good after years in the cabinet. :)

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

di-mc1340642402.5977490 PostsRegistered 12/4/2006the real world
On 6/25/2012 danni rose said:
On 6/25/2012 chickenbutt said:

This is a timely subject for me. I have a bottle of organic olive oil that must have been a gift or something, as I didn't buy it. Anyway, it's still sealed with a seal kind of like a bottle of wine, and it is quite a few years old.

Can I most probably assume that it's no good? It's been kept in the back of a dark, cool, cabinet all these years and never opened. There is no 'use by' date on the bottle or label.

i would think it would be best to toss it. you're right, it's not like wine in that it doesn't age. my theory is ... when in doubt, toss it. better to be safe.

Oh, no! Don't toss it! If it was never opened and has been in a dark place, it's probably fine. If you don't want to consume it use it as a cleansing oil, moisturizer, or any other purpose that requires oil. I'd hate to see a bottle of good olive oil go to waste.

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danni rose1340651097.992552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011

olive oil is not like wine. it does not get better. i would not use this on my face ever! here's why from the tlc cooking site:

Older Isn't Better

Unlike wine, oil does not improve with age. As olive oil gets older, it gradually breaks down, more free oleic acid is formed, the acidity level rises, and flavor weakens. Extra-virgin oils keep better because they have a low acidity level to start with, but you should use lower-quality oils within months because they start out with higher acidity levels. As oil sits on your shelf, its acidity level rises daily, and soon it is not palatable.

You'll get the best quality and flavor from your olive oil if you use it within a year of pressing. Olive oil remains at its peak for about two or three months after pressing, but unfortunately, few labels carry bottling dates or "use by" dates, let alone pressing dates.

More is at issue than flavor, however. Research shows the nutrients in olive oil degrade over time.

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forrestwolf1340664272.786025 PostsRegistered 6/20/2010Deep in South Georgia
On 6/25/2012 chickenbutt said:

This is a timely subject for me. I have a bottle of organic olive oil that must have been a gift or something, as I didn't buy it. Anyway, it's still sealed with a seal kind of like a bottle of wine, and it is quite a few years old.

Can I most probably assume that it's no good? It's been kept in the back of a dark, cool, cabinet all these years and never opened. There is no 'use by' date on the bottle or label.

I have an issue with the recent realization, that 100% pure virgin olive oil, from Italy, is no longer pure olive oil, and is cut with other oils, as the US does not have any specifics in the labeling in olive oil..........I would say.........let it go..........{#emotions_dlg.crying}

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bigsister1340779739.9175706 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Southern California
On 6/25/2012 danni rose said:
On 6/24/2012 bigsister said:

Thanks, ladies, that is just what I thought. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify, but I have had it in a dark pantry for many months as I don't use it often.

your olive oil solidifies?

Hi, danni rose, I should have made myself more clear. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify when refrigerated. I keep in in a kitchen cabinet.

rdywenur1340781067.64755 PostsRegistered 8/16/2006

why don't you try writing to a good olive oil comapny. If the bottle has not been opened it might still be good . I don't know the shelf life of olive oil but don't refrigerate it and try opening the bottle and testing it. I'm sure its still fine.

danni rose1340808403.5472552 PostsRegistered 5/14/2011
On 6/27/2012 bigsister said:
On 6/25/2012 danni rose said:
On 6/24/2012 bigsister said:

Thanks, ladies, that is just what I thought. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify, but I have had it in a dark pantry for many months as I don't use it often.

your olive oil solidifies?

Hi, danni rose, I should have made myself more clear. I don't refrigerate mine because it does solidify when refrigerated. I keep in in a kitchen cabinet.

okay. that's what concerned me. i thought you were say it was solidifying when it wasn't in the refrigerator. whew! lol

chickenbutt1340987884.8824194 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

Well, I finally got into that old bottle I had. I had decided that it probably needed to go but before I could do that (I so hate waste!), I had to open it up and check it out. So I peeled off that coating that sealed the top and smelled it, then tasted it.

I don't know what it smelled and tasted like, but I do know what it didn't smell and taste like - olive oil. So, out it went.

I don't know how that ended up in the back of a cabinet for all those years, as I'm pretty careful about keeping up with things and I'm a total nut about waste. But the really weird thing is that I still don't even know where it came from. I know I didn't buy it.

Bippity boppity BOOYAH!

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