You love to drizzle some hazelnut oil on top of your salad, or make a hearty South Asian or Asian stir fry with cold pressed peanut/mustard oil. So you only buy the best quality cold pressed oils available in Dubai, UAE like our Hearti Grub Cold Pressed Oils. However, these types of oils do not have any added chemicals or preservatives or chemical treatments like commercial supermarket oils, which means they will spoil faster or become rancid if not stored properly in your kitchen or pantry, especially your gourmet oils that are not used everyday.
What happens if cooking oil gets rancid?
Rancid oils have a strong noticeable change in taste and aroma. It not only tastes bad, but can have a negative effect on your health as the oxidation produces free radicals, which can enter your body and cause long-term damage. In order to prevent oxidation, the aim is to minimize moisture content and air that comes into contact with the oil.
So how can one store it properly so that they do not go rancid? Read on to find out more!
Proper Storage of Cold Pressed Oils
But the good new is, it is relatively simple to store your cooking oils properly to enhance their shelf life and nutritional value. So what is the proper way of storing cold pressed oils?
- Storage Place: We usually store oils in our kitchen where they are most easily accessible. Usually such convenient places are where sunlight and temperature are on the higher side. Warm temperature and sunlight can cause the oil to deteriorate at a much faster rate!
- Never store your oil bottle on the counter or above the stove where they are exposed to constant regular heat inside their containers!!
- Safely store them in your kitchen cupboard to ensure the longevity and flavor.
- Storage Containers: Glass or metal containers work best, and glass jars are great because they are air-tight and easy to reuse. You can choose dark coloured bottles, to protect them from UV filter, but even then its important they aren't kept outside.
- Frequency of Use: Prevent the oil from oxidisation, which happens as time passes by. So if you buy a big bottle of oil, we suggest you to take some oil out of it for everyday cooking and just refill it whenever need be. This would help prevent oxidisation of the oil.
- Depends on Type of Oil:
- Cold pressed oils that are more delicate in nature such as hazelnut oil should be stored in refrigerator. These oils are so delicate as they a higher unsaturated fat content, so are most likely to be affected by oxidation. Keeping them cool and out of light at all times is very important. Use such oils as quickly as possible!
- Cold pressed oils like peanut and mustard oil, should also be stored in a cool, dark place that's also dry—preferably a pantry away from not just light but appliances too.
- Peanut oil is one of the sturdiest cooking oils like our HeartiGrub Peanut Cold Pressed oil if stored tightly capped and away from heat and light. Keeping peanut oil in the fridge may extend shelf life even further, but be aware that it will solidify and become cloudy—something to plan for when you’re preparing a quick stir-fry. It will soften and clear after 30 minutes or so at room temperature.
In conclusion, cold pressed oils are a great source of essential nutrients but they need to be stored properly in order to last longer.
It may turn cloudy but when left outside for approximately 30-40 minutes it will return to room temperature.