How to keep your olive oil fresh & extend its shelf life!
Extra virgin olive oil is fresh-squeezed juice. Consequently, extra virgin olive oil is perishable. And, unlike wine, extra virgin olive oil doesn’t improve with age.
Many people save good quality extra virgin olive oil for special occasions, but it’s a fresh product that should be consumed! Once bottled, olive oil has an 18-24 month shelf life, so extra virgin olive oil should be purchased within 12 to 18 months of its harvest date and should be used up within six months of opening. We recommend using up the oil within 30 to 60 days of opening. Remember, high-quality extra virgin olive oil provides the best health benefits and flavor when it’s fresh.
Protect it from light
Extended exposure to light can deteriorate the quantity and quality of the antioxidants found in olive oil. Olive oil should be packaged in dark glass or tin to reduce light exposure. It should also be stored away from direct light as exposure to light dramatically shortens the shelf life of extra virgin olive oil.
Store it properly
Store extra virgin olive oil away from light, air, and heat. These elements accelerate the process of oxidation, which leads to rancidity. As oxidation occurs naturally over time, it is best to use the oil up once it is open within the first six months.
Olive oil should NOT be stored next to the stove as this exposes the oil to consistent heat. It is also not recommended to store oil in the refrigerator because condensation within the bottle may lead to off flavors. Store your oil in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry.
The optimal storage temperature for olive oil is 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Exposure to warmer temperatures causes unpleasant flavors to develop in the olive oil.
Olive oils are delicious and offer many health benefits, but they are fragile, so make sure you are treating them properly and you’re getting the true certified extra virgin olive oil.
We Olive only offers certified extra virgin olive oil by the California Olive Oil Council.
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