Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of nature's greatest gifts; it is full of incredible health benefits and tastes delicious. Picture: Pexels
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is one of nature's greatest gifts; it is full of incredible health benefits and tastes delicious. Picture: Pexels

Keeping it fresh: 5 tips on how to store extra virgin olive oil

By Lutho Pasiya Time of article published Jun 9, 2021

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Extra virgin olive oil is one of nature's greatest gifts; it is full of incredible health benefits and tastes delicious.

That said, proper storage is essential for keeping your extra virgin olive oil as fresh as possible.

Experts reveal that since light, heat, and oxygen are the main culprits that lead to rancid EVOO, it is critical to protect your oil from those variables.

They say even the best olive oil will degrade quickly if not stored properly. But what’s the best way to store your olive oil?

Some people keep theirs in a serving container beside their stove. Others prefer to display theirs in a beautiful bottle on their kitchen counter, while others keep it tucked away in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry, bringing it out only to use as much as they need for each meal. Which storage method is best?

The team at SA Olive has shared below some tips. They say that storing your extra virgin olive oil correctly can prolong its shelf-life.

They add that it does not mature with age (but will usually stay fresh in a sealed bottle for 18 to 24 months), so ideally it should be consumed as fresh as possible to derive the most culinary and health benefits.

  • Keep your olive oil container as air-tight as possible.
  • It is best stored in a sealed, dark container (glass or other material) and kept out of direct sunlight
  • If buying large quantities, decant the oil into smaller containers to protect it from the air until being used.
  • Once a container has been opened, it should preferably be used within two months.
  • Do not store extra virgin olive oil in the fridge, as it will solidify and condensation will promote oxidation.

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