Does Olive Oil Go Bad?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “does olive oil go bad?”. We will also discuss in detail, the shelf life and storage methods of olive oil.

Does Olive Oil Go Bad?

Yes, olive oil does go bad. Once it reaches this stage, it becomes bitter and no longer palatable.

Most olive oils are good for two to three years after they are bottled. Unprocessed extra virgin olive oils have a shelf life of roughly 12 to 18 months after bottling.

After the production stage, olive oils may have caustic or bitter flavors. These might show up in your cuisine in ways you may not enjoy.

How Long Does Olive Oil Keep After It Has Been Opened?

Immediately removing the lid from a bottle of extra virgin olive oil exposes it to light and oxygen, hastening the degradation process. This, along with the fact that olive oil spoils quickly, leads most experts to suggest using it within 30 to 60 days of opening. This will enable you to enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed. You may be asking if unsealed oil is still safe to use. This will come to light quickly if you take a look, give it a whiff, and give it a taste.

How To Store Olive Oil?

Olive oil should be kept in a cool, dark location, such as a pantry with a door, a cabinet, or a refrigerator.

Remember that it may turn foggy if you store it in the fridge. There is nothing wrong with this response to colder temperatures. It is completely natural and not an indication that your olive oil has gone rancid.

Darker glass bottles, such as green or amber, assist to filter out light, which accelerates oxidation. When you go to the grocery, watch out for this.

Oxidation has been shown to speed up the aging process in cell cultures. Olive oil helps speed up the breakdown of fat molecules, so helping to suppress the need to eat. Olive oil may also be oxidized by being exposed to oxygen or heat, as well as by being exposed to light.

To maintain the freshness of your olive oil, you should store it in a cold, dark area and ensure that the cap is securely fitted after use.

Note that it is also important to move olive oil to a dark glass or tin container if you intend to keep it in a plastic HDPE container for an extended time.

Buying smaller bottles of olive oil might be a smart option if you do not cook a lot.

How do you know if your olive oil is spoiled?

Do not worry if your bottle has gone from slightly stale to completely rancid: you will be able to tell. Pour a small amount into your hand and sniff it. It will smell sweet in a bad way if it is rancid, like fruit that is started to ferment or rot. If you can not tell by smell alone, try a small taste without swallowing it (just swirl it in your mouth). It is rancid if it has no taste, feels greasy in your mouth, or has an “off” taste (like spoiled nuts).

Can Olive Oil That Has Been Expired Make You Sick?

The good news is that rancid olive oil, unlike spoiled meat or out-of-date dairy products, will not make you sick. Expired extra virgin olive oil, on the other hand, loses all of its nutritional and health benefits, as well as its delicious flavor. There are no vitamins. There are no health benefits. 

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Different Ways to Reuse Expired Olive Oil

So you tested your olive oil and discovered that it is no longer suitable for cooking or finishing dishes. We have a few suggestions for you before you discard your olive oil.

Polish your furniture

Dab olive oil on a cloth and gently massage it over wood furniture to restore some of the natural sheens.

 A lubricant for use in the home

Is that a squeaky door? Hinge squeaks? Drawers that will not budge? All of those annoying noises can be reduced with olive oil.

Remover of paint

Despite being well-known for its culinary advantages, olive oil is also used as a solvent. Rubbing olive oil into your hands and letting it soak for a few minutes will remove paint from your hands.

Conditioner for leather

Is there anything you have ever possessed that has gotten old and uninteresting because of use? Olive oil may help restore the suppleness and old patina of leather, making it even more appealing.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “does olive oil go bad?”. We also discussed in detail, the shelf life and storage methods of olive oil.