How To Store Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Top Tips For Looking After Your Bottle Of Morocco Gold And Keeping It Fresh!

Looking AFter Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Looking After Extra Virgin Olive Oil

According to a guide from iol.co.za this week,  there are a few key tips you can follow to ensure your extra virgin olive oil of choice stays fresh for every last dip and drizzle.

At Morocco Gold, we want to share those tips with you and add some extra value as we believe that the best olive oil deserves the best treatment- even after it leaves our hands.  Unlike fine wines, extra virgin olive oil does not mature with age but will usually remain fresh for up to 24 months is stored correctly.

So, what are the top five tips we want you to remember?

1) Store Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Well.

As explained by iol.co.za, light, heat, and oxygen are the main culprits that lead to rancid extra virgin olive oil and even the best olive oil will degrade quickly if not stored properly. But what’s the best way to store your olive oil?

Some people keep theirs in a serving container beside their oven. Others prefer to display theirs in a beautiful bottle on their kitchen counter, while others keep it tucked away in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry.  The general rule of thumb is to keep your olive oil container as air tight as possible and store it in a sealed, dark container (glass or other material) and kept out of direct sunlight.

2) Decant Large Amounts Of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Into Smaller Containers.

If you prefer to buy your extra virgin olive oil in large quantities (Morocco Gold is currently available on a buy five and get your sixth bottle free promotion), decant the oil into smaller containers to protect it from the air until being used.

3) Use Opened Extra Virgin Olive Oil Within Two Months.

Ideally, once a container has been opened, it should preferably be used within two months to ensure you savour the flavour at its finest.

4) Keep Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Away From The Fridge!

The reason for this one is down to simple science.  If you store your olive oil in the fridge, it will eventually solidify, and condensation will promote oxidation.  And oxidation is not good for extra virgin olive oil!

What Else Should You Not Do With Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Morocco Gold Extra Virgin Olive Oil

At Morocco Gold, we really love telling you about all the things you can do with extra virgin olive oil.  But, we’d also like you to know some other things to avoid to get the most from your precious bottle of liquid gold.

Research on the Mediterranean diet, which is rich with extra virgin olive oil, has shown that it can help prevent against heart disease, strokes, even Alzheimer’s disease.

However, extra virgin olive oil is a lot more delicate than you think and does need special care and consideration before you start cooking with it. Here are the essential things you need to know to properly handle, care, and use olive oil to avoid any slip-ups in the kitchen.

1) Always Check The Label On Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Always read the label on your bottles of expensive olive oil to check for the harvest and expiration date. It’s also worth checking to see if the oil is pure, or if it has been mixed with other ingredients.

Consider purchasing extra virgin olive oil, which is the least processed or refined and is considered the highest quality. Lastly, you should check where the oil was harvested, which can define the flavour profile.

2) Avoid Overcooking!

There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to the stability of olive oil when heated, but it is generally safe for most at-home cooking methods. Depending on the type used, olive oil has a smoke point between 160 to 240ºC.

However, domestic cooking temperatures vary; around 120ºC for pan-frying, 160-180ºC for deep frying, and 200ºC for oven baking. To avoid burning your oil, be mindful of the specific smoke point for the type of olive oil and cooking method you are using to avoid any mishaps.

3)  Try To Use Your Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quick Enough

Olive oil does not improve with age. Rather, you should keep a watchful eye on the expiration date on the bottle and consume it within two to three months after opening. If properly handled, most olive oils will last about two years from the time it was bottled.  

4) Avoid Choosing Colour Over Taste

There is a common misconception that the greener the colour, the better the quality of the oil, but the colour is not a true indicator of the aroma or flavour. Depending on the olive variety, where it was grown, and the harvesting method, olive oil can range from light yellow to dark green, and vastly differ in taste. 

5)  Never Forget How Versatile Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is

Extra virgin olive oil is great for more than just cooking. Pamper your hair, skin, and nails with the naturally moisturising capabilities of olive oil and dab a bit on your hands to replenish dry skin or use on your hair as a hydrating moisture mask.

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