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How long can olive oil be stored?

Shelf life of olive oil

Olive oil has a particularly long shelf life due to its fat composition. If stored correctly (see explanation below), olive oil can be kept for at least 14-18 months. It is important to note that high-quality olive oils generally have a longer shelf life. The shelf life is influenced by various factors, including

Amount of fat accompanying substances: the content of polyphenols, tocopherol (vitamin E) and other fat accompanying substances have an effect on the shelf life. A higher content extends the shelf life of the olive oil.

Quality of the olive oil: High-quality olive oils, especially extra virgin olive oils, generally have a longer shelf life due to their purity and lower oxidation.

Can I consume olive oil after the best before date?

The best before date is only a guide. It is important to note that the date ‘Best before ...’ on the packaging does not mean that the olive oil is unfit for consumption after this date. It merely means that the quality and flavour may deteriorate over time.

We therefore recommend a rancidity test: if an olive oil has developed a buttery or rancid odour, it is outdated and should no longer be consumed. Regular odour testing helps to monitor the quality of the olive oil.

How to store olive oil properly?

By storing your olive oil correctly and paying attention to its quality, you can extend its shelf life and continue to enjoy the wonderful flavours and health benefits of olive oil.

Here are some important points for storing olive oil:
  • Store olive oil in a dark place to protect it from light, as light can affect the quality of the oil.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures and keep the olive oil in a cool place. However, be careful not to store it in the refrigerator, as this can lead to condensation and possible moisture formation.
  • Close the bottle or container tightly after each use to minimise contact with oxygen and prevent oxidation.
  • Choose suitable packaging, such as dark glass bottles or containers, to protect the olive oil from light and air.
In addition to the storage tips, it is worth emphasising the benefits of bag-in-box (BIB) packaging for olive oil. BIB packaging offers several advantages, such as

  • Extended shelf life: airtight BIB packaging protects the olive oil from oxidisation and extends its shelf life over a longer period of time.
  • Convenience: BIB packaging allows easy and clean dispensing of the olive oil without it coming into contact with air.
  • Sustainability: BIB packaging is often more environmentally friendly as it requires less packaging material and is easily recyclable.
  • Space-saving: BIB packaging takes up less space than conventional glass bottles, which is particularly advantageous for use in the catering trade or for larger quantities.

We also have Mani organic olive oil in BIB. Go here to the product.Mani Back in Box Olive Oil

What do you do with old olive oil?

Even if olive oil goes rancid despite being stored correctly, it doesn't have to be thrown away straight away. There are some clever household tips for old olive oil. On the one hand, it is particularly suitable for the care of smooth leather. Whether shoes, handbags or purses. Simply put some old olive oil in a towel and rub it into the leather. Wipe off any excess oil to avoid stains.

Another possible use for olive oil that no longer tastes good is in soap making. In combination with essential oils and coconut oil, a wonderful natural curd soap can be conjured up. However, the ‘maturing phase’ is somewhat long (approx. half a year). If you would like to have an olive soap sooner, you can simply order it from us here.

Old olive oil is also suitable for making oil candles. An oil candle is an inexpensive alternative to conventional candles made from paraffin wax. You only need a few ingredients such as water, olive oil and a wick. Oil candles in orange peel are a wonderful example of simplicity and creativity. Cut an orange in half and remove the flesh, and I already have 2 containers for the oil candle. The mixing ratio for water and olive oil is simple. 3 parts water to one part oil. (The oil remains on the surface). The wick can be made from a small scrap of fabric or a thick cotton thread. To make it float, we also need a ‘float’ - a small round piece of plastic with a hole for the wick. That's it!