We admit it, olive oil can be a bit of a diva when it comes to care. Unlike wine, olive oil does not get better with age and it's susceptibility to elements such as oxygen, light and heat makes it somewhat of a high maintenance pantry item. A little TLC is crucial to keep it performing at it's A-game and knowing how to store olive oil the right way will ensure this.Extra virgin olive oil is vulnerable to oxidation - which is prolonged exposure to oxygen. This causes olive oil to become rancid. Rancid olive oil sort of tastes like a bad peanut...and no one wants that flavor in their salad or pasta. Light, heat and age also contribute to oxidation.
Don't worry, proper storage isn't hard to achieve! We're sharing our tips and tricks to keep your olive oil delicious until the very last drop. Use all of our simple pointers below to prevent oxidation and rancidity - and share it with your friends!
It's easy to take care of your olive oil, and it makes a HUGE difference in the lifetime quality. Two key takeaways from this are to store it out of direct sunlight and use within one year of the bottle or harvest date. If you practice these two simple steps, you're good to go!
Did you know olive oil needed a little TLC? Were you storing your olive oil correctly? Let us know in the comments below!