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What can I do with EVOO that expired in 2009?

Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:10 PM

I was given a large bottle of Carbonell extra virgin olive oil and it has a date printed on the bottle of Sept 30 2009. I'm not sure whether that is the date it was made or the expiration date. This is the kind they sell at costco, it says product of spain.

Any chance that it's still useable?

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  1. linguafood RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:15 PM

    Why not try it and find out?

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      Footballman407 RE: linguafood Sep 17, 2013 01:26 PM

      I'll have to open it and give it a taste. What exactly am I looking for taste wise? I haven't tried many oils.

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        linguafood RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:57 PM

        It should taste like olive oil. Not rancid. I think you'll know it when you taste it.

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          mbfant RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:58 PM

          Oil that has gone bad has a vinegary smell. If it smells like oil and has been kept in a dark place and not exposed to extremes of temperature, it's probably fine for frying and other humble uses, i.e., not salads and other raw uses. The main problem will probably be that it has lost most or all of its health benefits and taste, not that it has actually gone bad.

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            Footballman407 RE: mbfant Sep 17, 2013 06:48 PM

            Why has it lost it's health benefits? It tastes fine.

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              sunshine842 RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 07:22 PM

              the good stuff oxidizes out of the oil, leaving just rancid oil -- the bacteria in rancid oil are evil little nasties indeed -- you will remember being sick from rancid oil for a LONG time.

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          fldhkybnva RE: linguafood Sep 19, 2013 02:11 PM

          I agree, use it if it's fine. I rarely if ever look at expiration dates..maybe that's a bad thing but the nose usually knows.

        3. Paprikaboy RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:20 PM

          If it's not been opened it should be safe to use.Whether it would still taste good in a salad dressing is another matter. I don't use EVOO to cook with generally but you could use it to confit salmon as the temp is not too high.

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            greygarious RE: Paprikaboy Sep 17, 2013 02:26 PM

            Unopened oils still go rancid over time. You don't need to taste to know; if it's rancid, it will smell bad. Rancid oils harm the liver and ruin the taste of the food they are used in. Though I am the queen of salvaging sub-optimal ingredients and creations, and hate to waste food, when something is rancid I throw it out without hesitation.

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              C. Hamster RE: greygarious Sep 17, 2013 05:14 PM

              Grey is 100% right

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                sunshine842 RE: greygarious Sep 17, 2013 05:16 PM

                rancid oil can make you wish you were ONLY suffering the worst hangover of your life.

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                  greygarious RE: sunshine842 Sep 17, 2013 10:32 PM

                  Depends on the type of rancidity, not that any are welcome:

                  I have eaten small amounts of rancid food, like nuts and whole wheat flour, from time to time. No symptoms ensued, although for all I know there might have been an effect on liver function.

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                    sunshine842 RE: greygarious Sep 18, 2013 06:02 AM

                    hard to sort out which poison affects the liver function, ain't it? :)

                    I will never forget having a very busy Saturday, and eating a peanut-butter sandwich because I was starving and it was fast (eh, it's a little off, but how bad can it be?)...ditched my very busy Saturday clutching the porcelain throne and vowing I'd never keep peanut butter anywhere but the fridge from that point on.

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                      fldhkybnva RE: greygarious Sep 19, 2013 02:12 PM

                      We had a jar of rancid cashews once and for some reason I kept eating them, well until I finally remembered to put it on the grocery list. I agree, some oils go rancid and it' snot so pungent, but others will blow you over. Even with the cashews it was easy to tell that something was different from fresh-again the nose knows.

                  2. re: greygarious
                    mike0989 RE: greygarious Sep 19, 2013 12:29 PM

                    Agreed, it's not worth messing with if if it's rancid. Additionaly, if it was bought at CostCo you aren't out a lot. No snub on their oil, I buy a bit of it.

                2. tcamp RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 01:23 PM

                  I would taste it to see if it is off. If not, I'd use to oil poach potatoes.

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                    Robin Joy RE: tcamp Sep 17, 2013 11:38 PM

                    Potatoes poached in oil? Sounds interesting. Please tell more.

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                      tcamp RE: Robin Joy Sep 18, 2013 05:09 AM

                      Not my idea and I haven't even tried it yet but if I stumbled upon a large cache of decent oil, I'd be making it:


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                        Robin Joy RE: tcamp Sep 19, 2013 12:20 PM

                        Thanks. I'll never have enough oil to do that! I'll stick to 5 minutes parboil for peeled potato chunks, roughed up then roasted in a shallow dish at 400 in about 1/4 inch pre-heated neutral oil for 1 hour, with a turn at about 40 minutes.

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                          cayjohan RE: Robin Joy Sep 19, 2013 12:39 PM

                          It really didn't take *too* much oil, although I can be on the frugal side and have a little clutch about such things. I poached my batch (to feed four people, with some leftovers) in a wide shallow pan and it took about 2/3 to 3/4 of a 33.8 fl. oz. bottle of olive oil. I used the Trader Joe's Spanish Olive Oil, which IIRC runs around 8 bucks or so a bottle, so the dollar outlay wasn't anything too terribly gasp-worthy.

                          As far as the OP goes, I'd never use oil with any suspicion of rancidity for oil-poaching.

                  2. Atomic76 RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 02:23 PM

                    It's probably rancid, and if so it will taste awful. I wouldn't take any chances eating it, no sense making yourself ill.

                    There are other things you can do with olive oil though besides eating it. You can make a furniture polish out of it by mixing equal parts of it with real lemon juice.

                    You can also shine leather with it too.

                    You can use it as a moisturizer on your skin and it also will repel black flies.

                    There are more uses here:


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                      hotoynoodle RE: Atomic76 Sep 17, 2013 04:48 PM

                      if it's been properly stored, it may be fine.

                      give it a sniff/taste before committing to use it though. if it is rancid? i wouldn't put it on my skin either. it's also not good as wood treatment since it goes rancid and degrades unlike mineral oil.

                      how did you forget olive oil for 4 years? :)

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                      Footballman407 RE: Footballman407 Sep 17, 2013 06:47 PM

                      I gave it a try and it actually tastes pretty good. I feel fine so I don't think its rancid. I'm pretty suprised. I guess as long as you don't open the bottle the oil stays in pretty fair shape.

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                        hotoynoodle RE: Footballman407 Sep 18, 2013 06:08 AM

                        sealed in a glass jar and kept in the dark it should be fine.

                        there are degrees of rancidity though and not all of them will make you violently ill. however if oil smells even a bit "off", just just chuck it as that will indeed lead to inflammation and ill health effects.

                      2. Caroline1 RE: Footballman407 Sep 19, 2013 08:54 AM

                        Make soap?

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