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Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil went bad in my fridge?

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I love Mezzetta sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, and I refrigerated them immediately after opening (as it says to do on the jar) but it looks like something went wrong.

The oil is still liquid-y, however, there are little solidified dots/beads/strands floating in there.

Is this mold or bacteria? This is the second jar I've bought that has done this. (I threw the first one out, assuming it was just old or something... but this jar is brand new. It looks like an science experiment in there.)

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  1. The olive oil will solidify in the refrigerator. If you leave it out for a bit does it clear up?

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    1. re: al b. darned

      It's not solidifying though, it's still liquid, with a few solidified dots and beads and strands here and there

    2. It's perfectly fine. As Al suggests it's the olive oil reacting to the cold.

      I never keep these sorts of things in the fridge regardless what they might say on the jar. Never had a problem with mould.