How long can I keep a bottle of olive oil?

As long as it’s stored away from heat and light, an unopened bottle of good quality olive oil will be fine for up to two years from the date it was bottled. Once the bottle is opened, it should be used within a month to keep all the flavors and healthy benefits.

New technology shows that oxidation free packaging is the best packaging to keep your oil fresh till the last drop.

How should olive oil be stored?

Olive oil should be kept away from light and heat, so the worst places are on a window sill, next to the stove or on top of the refrigerator. Instead, store unopened bottles in a dark cupboard or cool basement. Once you open a bottle, try to use it all within a month.

What’s better: filtered or non-filtered?

Unfiltered oil will be cloudy until it settles to the bottom. Some consider unfiltered oil better because of the added flavor from the fruit particles. Don’t let whether an olive oil is filtered or not determine your choice. It is less important than other quality parameters like freshness and taste.

Can you fry with olive oil?

YES!& NO; If you don’t care about the quality and the healthy benefits, you can fry with anything.

NO! You burn your anti-oxidants in no time. There are enough brands on the market that you can fry with. You must know that every 10 times you fry in oil, you must change the oil, otherwise you fry in very unhealthy oil. No matter which oil you use, if you smell the oil when heating up (like the oil smell in most take-way restaurants) then it is already too late.

Be aware: burnt and old fat is bad for everyone’s health.

Why does some olive oil taste bitter?

Try a fresh picked olive! Olives are bitter – and so is good olive oil. Bitterness, along with pungency and fruitiness are all present and well-balanced in the very best olive oils. You can also choose out of a mild Extra Virgin Olive Oil that are pressed from the milder olives. For more on olive oil taste characteristics read here.

How do I know if an olive oil is good or not?

Always taste oil before buying.

Taste it. Pour a little into a small shot glass or on a spoon and slurp it down. Close your eyes and really taste it. If you taste an extra virgin olive oil, it should taste “green” and like olives. You might detect other notes like banana or grass-tomato- artichoke. Other grades will not taste like much because they have been treated to remove unpleasant tastes. But you should not detect any bad tastes, such as cardboard or metallic. You might sometimes taste nice flavours in lower grades due to the small amount of extra virgin that is added. To learn more about tasting olive oil see our event page for Olive Oil Tastings.

 

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