Preserve olive oil? What do the experts say about the storage of extra virgin olive oil? Here are some helpful tips on where to buy olive oil, how to choose it, where to place it, and how long it will last.
How to preserve olive oil: the container
Most experts recommend very dark quality glass. In fact, a transparent glass bottle lets light in and damages the contents unless it is kept in a light-proof cabinet.
The smaller the size, the better. However, small bottles and cans are logically more expensive. We always have to choose a format for a maximum duration of 4 to 5 months. In fact, the legal maximum retail size in the European Union is 5 liters.
What to do with the HOVE after purchase?
Store it in a dark place below 20 degrees and keep it away from strong smells (cleaning agents, trash cans, etc.). In fact, you should know that olive oil easily absorbs odors that change its organoleptic properties.
Extra virgin olive oil is very good for your health, but at the same time very fragile. So we have to protect it properly because it is the healthiest fat in the world.
It depends on the quality, the variety of olives and other factors. The higher the quality, the longer we can keep it without noticing any differences.
However, it is advisable to use it within 4 or 5 months after opening. If it has not been opened and stored properly, we can use it until the expiry date stated on the label.
Where can you buy olive oil?
Buy extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in trusted stores at a controlled temperature and without excessive light. You will then receive detailed information on quality, variety and origin. etc. If you buy it from a website, check the sensory descriptions and other quality items.
What type of olive oil to buy?
There are big differences in the sensory properties within each variety. Therefore, one EVOO is not enough for your kitchen. So we have to start combining different oils with different foods, as is the case with wine.
In any case, we recommend using only good quality extra virgin olive oil in the daily preparation of our meals. The higher price is nothing compared to the health benefits.
If you are particularly interested in your health, choose Extra Virgin from an early harvest with a high phenol content and a spicy taste.
We also recommend that you check the labels and the place of manufacture is the same as when you “filled”.