How to Store Olive Oil?
I was wondering how people store their olive oil. I usually keep mine at room temperature, but also read somewhere that it's better to keep the bottle in the fridge, and keep smaller amounts at room temp to have on hand, and that this way it keeps longer. Also, does anyone know how long olive oil keeps for, and what are the signs it's going bad, it tastes more bitter? Thanks in advance!
We have always stored ours at room temp. The larger 'refill' bottle in the Pantry with 2-3 smaller containers set about the kitchen.I've found the refrig. stuff gets kinda solidified and I have to let it sit for a while. That, I do not like. As far as spoiled goods; a slight off-sent (an 'old' smell) seems to be my first warning. We go through a bunch as we cook as a hobby....maybe that keeps the problem at bay.
If you use regularly it's ok to keep at room temp., away from sunlight, for up to several weeks. Any surplus can be kept in the fridge for up to a several months. It will coagulate, but that's OK. Just bring it out and let it return to room temp. and it will be fine.
Actually, for fine olive oils, do not chill in the fridge for long; if any moisture is in the bottle (humid air, eg), it will condense and spoil the oil faster than if you had left it at room temp.