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Can Olive Oil Be Refrigerated?

Disadvantages of refrigerating olive oil

The most noticeable drawback of chilled olive oil is that it congeals into a thick, turgid substance. The oil is unsuitable for meals like salads in this crystallized state because it won’t drip.

Olive oil is a liquid at room temperature, which is seldom as warm as the human mouth in most countries. This means when frozen olive oil enters a human’s mouth, it is bound to warm up and turns into liquid. Unfortunately, the warming process is uneven and can result in an unpleasant taste and, most likely, an unhappy culinary experience.

Many studies strongly suggest that repeatedly removing and returning olive oil to a refrigerator stresses the oil and shortens its shelf life. This is due to repeated oxidation (when oxygen in the air mixes with fatty molecules, causing the oil to lose its cohesion, consistency, and flavor).

Since using it congealed isn’t preferred, a final disadvantage of refrigerating olive oil is that you must wait for the oil to warm up. No one wants to wait around for their olive oil to warm up.

How to properly store olive oil

With refrigerating your olive oil not an option, what’s the best way to store olive oil? We’ve got a few recommendations…

  • To help prevent spoilage, we recommend storing your olive oil where it’s dark and in a well-sealed container. Olive oil and oxygen don’trow of olive oils - Olive Oil Pour Spouts Can Olive Oil Be Refrigerated? mix well together. On top of that, a poorly sealed container could potentially allow for bugs and other unwanted substances to get into your olive oil.
  • Store olive oil where it is dry, along with air, moisture is the oil’s worst enemy. As water hydrolyses its fatty molecules, turning them into horrid-looking clumps of goop that neither you nor any dinner companions would willingly eat.

In brief, store olive oil in a cold, dry cupboard in a sealed container. For best results, we recommend using a pour spout to seal the container, especially one with a separate intake for air and a flap to keep the tap closed when oil isn’t pouring out of it. Contact us for more information on olive oil pour spouts!

Refrigerating olive oil myth

There is a persistent rumor that refrigerating olive oil will help you tell whether you have authentic olive oil. This in fact isn’t true.

Manufacturers of genuine olive oil produce liquids with different chemical compositions. Each composition acts differently when refrigerated. Thus, there isn’t a way to use refrigeration to distinguish that quality of olive oil.

In short, should you refrigerate olive oil?

While it’s completely up to you, we highly recommend not refrigerating your olive oil. When stored in fridge-cold temperatures, olive oil forms crystals and turns solid. In this hardened state, olive oil is difficult to pour out of an open-topped container and even impossible to use out of a pour spout.

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Does Olive Oil Need to be Capped?

High-quality olive oil is a true investment, allowing you to perfect every dish with ease. So, it’s always heartbreaking to find that your beloved oil has gone rancid. The cause of this calamity? Excessive exposure to air, for starters, along with too much heat and light. So, to avoid that distressing scenario, it’s best to keep your olive oil tightly capped at all times. Here’s a look at just why – and how – to keep the cap on whenever possible.

Impact of Air Exposure on Olive Oil

Exposure to air causes olive oil to go rancid much sooner than it might otherwise. As air gets into the bottle, oxidization occurs, resulting in the development of peroxide. The peroxide molecules then start to decompose, which causes the oil to go rancid.

Although not all people find that newly rancid olive oil tastes bad, it’s no longer the high-quality product you purchased. Instead, it turns into a lower quality oil, which doesn’t have the bright aroma or lightly bitter olive flavors throughout.

Through this process, extra virgin olive oil turns into virgin olive oil, and so on. Eventually, the oil turns into lamp oil, which carries the designation of not being fit for human consumption – and that’s not delicious to anyone.

Best Cap Types for Your Olive Oil

To keep your oil from getting rancid and moving down the quality ranks, you just need to get a cap on it. If keeping your olive oil in its regular bottle, just use the cap that came with the product in the first place.

When putting your oil in a decorative bottle – or you just want convenient access to the oil – use a pour spout instead. The pour spout sits where the cap used to go, giving you quick use of your oil on demand while keeping air out.

For oil that’s used daily, a pour spout featuring a self-closing flap will work swimmingly. These spouts have air-tight EVA memory plastic corks. Plus, they use surgical grade 18-8 stainless steel weighted flap to keep air out between pours.

Tapered pour spouts work great, too. Just be sure to put a dust cover over the tip or replace it with a cork when not in use. You can even use plastic pour spouts in combination with a fitted dust cover with great success.

Lifespan of Properly Stored Olive Oil

As long as you store the olive oil properly, each bottle should last between 18 to 24 months. Proper storage means keeping the air out as much as possible, of course. But you also need to protect your oil from exposure to heat and light. Prolonged exposure to any of those elements will cause the oil to go rancid far before its 18-month shelf life. The oil’s aroma and flavors will change as a result, leaving your recipes tasting a bit off overall.

To avoid that, take olive oil storage seriously. Keep your olive oil in the back of a cool, dark pantry when not in use. Never keep your oil next to the stovetop or in a window, no matter how pretty the bottle looks. Also, don’t forget to use a tightly closing cap at all times, like a pour spout with a weighted flap. Always use the cap that makes the most sense for your oil usage practices to best protect your investment for the long term.

By taking that approach, you can rest assured that your oil will retain its original aroma and flavors through to the very last drop. You can then recreate all your best recipes with confidence that they’ll taste as good as ever.

Can You Leave Olive Oil Uncovered?

Unless you want to replace your olive oil sooner than expected, you should not leave it uncovered. Thankfully, you have many excellent solutions available from Anytime Olive Oil Products. Our self-closing pour spouts perfectly protect the oil from air exposure. We also have many other olive oil pour spout styles plus all the corks and dust covers needed to protect your investment in high-quality oil. Want to know more about our products? Reach out today to explore all our solutions.