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Old 04-28-2004, 10:00 PM   #1
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How can you tell when olive oil is rancid?

Just wanted to check here to see if anyone knows how to tell when olive oil has gone bad. Thanks.

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Old 04-29-2004, 05:41 AM   #2
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Re: How can you tell when olive oil is rancid?

It stinks.
I know that smell is subjective but there is a certain same rancid smell that virtually every oily food goes to when it oxidizes....think VERY old peanuts or walnuts.

I buy my olive oil by the gallon and freeze it. I keep 2- 6 ounce shaker bottles on the counter and a one quart in the freezer....when the 6 ouncers run out, I defrost the quart and refill....when all runs out, I defrost the gallon can and refill everything.
(I do the same with sesame and canola oils.)

That way, oils last indefinitely.
Once they've gone rancid, just toss them...they'll ruin a meal. I once had to trash a fortune in shrimp because I used an oil that I thought "had a little more time in it!"

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Old 04-29-2004, 07:33 AM   #3
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Re: How can you tell when olive oil is rancid?

By the way, among the many advantages of extra virgin o.o. versus all others is that the antioxidants in it keep it fresh for much longer.


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