What happens If you eat expired olive oil? (+7 uses)

In this article, we will answer the question “What happens If you eat expired olive oil?”, and how to store olive oil?

What happens If you eat expired olive oil?

Eating expired olive oil won’t make you sick but your dish will end up tasting strange because of the rancid flavor of olive oil. 

Besides rancid olive oil has a poor nutritional profile due to the absence of antioxidants. Loss of antioxidants takes place during the oxidation of the fat molecules. This happens when olive oil is repeatedly exposed to sunlight, heat, oxygen, or moisture. 

Shelf-life of olive oil

Generally, olive oil has a shelf-life of 18-24 months after bottling. Extra virgin olive oil variety is minimally processed, hence, has a shorter shelf-life. It lasts about 12-18 months after bottling. 

Olive oil may develop a bitter taste once past these shelf-life periods If your olive oil bottle does not have a bottling or a best-by date, put a date of purchase on the bottle for your convenience. This way you can keep track of the storage time of the olive oil.

How to store olive oil?

The rule of thumb is to keep olive oil in a dark, cool, and dry place. A kitchen cabinet, the pantry, or even the fridge are all good storage areas to keep olive oil. A cloudy appearance in the olive oil that has been stored in the fridge is normal. 

This happens due to the low temperatures and does not indicate spoilage. If the olive oil comes in a dark green or amber-colored glass bottle, It further helps prolong the shelf-life of olive oil by blocking sunlight and preventing oxidation. 

Exposure to heat, sunlight, or oxygen triggers the oxidation of fat molecules in olive oil, ruining its quality. If the original container of your olive oil is made of plastic or polyethylene and you wish to keep it around for longer, your best bet is to transfer it to a dark glass or tin container. 

How to tell whether olive oil is rancid?

Try a small taste 

Taste a small amount of olive oil to check its taste. Eating a small amount of rancid olive oil won’t make you sick. If the taste of the olive oil is sour, acrid, or stale, discard it right away.

Give it a sniff 

Olive oil should have a pleasant fruity aroma. If It gives off a crayon-like or putty smell, It has expired.

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How to use expired olive oil?

Exfoliating scrub for skin 

Mix ½ cup of expire olive oil with 1tsp sea salt, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp of ground coffee to make a paste. Massage your skin with this exfoliating paste for 5-10 minutes. The exfoliating properties of olive oil help get rid of dead skin cells.

Moisturizer for dry skin 

Olive oil is a rich source of vitamin E, vitamin K and a variety of other antioxidants which nourish your skin while preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and spots. 

Olive oil does not clog pores and won’t trigger acne. Due to its humectant properties, It provides maximum hydration, especially for dry skin.

Makeup remover 

Alcohol-based makeup remover irritates the skin and strips it of its oils leaving it dry. You can use expired olive oil as a makeup remover. This will neither irritate your skin nor make it dry.

Add strength and shine to hair 

Expired olive oil is a reservoir of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and antioxidants that nourish your hair, lock moisture, and protect the keratin in your hair. 

It is the best remedy to get rid of frizzy hair. Massage olive oil in your scalp to reduce sebum production.

Dandruff treatment 

The excellent hydrating properties of olive oil help prevent dandruff by preventing flaking. Mix a tbsp each of lemon juice and olive oil and rub it onto your scalp. Leave it in for 30 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. Lemon will kill dandruff while olive oil hydrates the scalp.

Reduce shair beeakge and split ends 

A hydrating mask of expired or fresh olive oil helps close the hair cuticles and adds volume while imparting shine to your hair. 

Rub your fingertips with some expired olive oil and apply it to your split ends before styling to get the perfect sleek look.

Strengthening the nails 

If your nails have become too brittle due to dryness, soak your nails in lukewarm olive oil for 20 minutes. 

Massage your nails to help olive oil penetrate your nails and cuticle. Olive oil locks the moisture inside your nils and cuticle while strengthening them. 


In this article, we answered the question “What happens If you eat expired olive oil?”, and how to store olive oil?




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