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Must I refrigerate olive oil?


I have used olive oil for skin care for years. Recently, I have heard that olive oil needs to be refrigerated. Is this true?


I'm sure that would be a surprise to the ancient Greeks and Romans who traded olive oil throughout the Mediterranean before the age of refrigeration. If properly stored out of the sun and heat, olive oil should last 1 or 2 years. Unfiltered oil and oil made from certain varietals with fewer polyphenols may only last 6 months. Keeping these in the fridge would extend their life.

California olive oil producers usually store their oil in large tanks and bottle at the last minute to ship to retail locations. This keeps the oil fresher. Better to buy the proper size container so you are using your oil up frequently and buying new.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

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