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  • How quickly does olive oil go bad?

    I want to buy the huge gallon (2 2-quart jugs) of olive oil at Costco since it's rated so well at such a great price: Kirkland Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil Best Imported Oil | Addicted To Costco!

    However, I'm going to be the only person consuming this oil, and was wondering if it would be plausible for me to finish it before it goes rancid. Even if I douse everything in the stuff, I am still skeptical about how fast I can finish xD Anybody have experience with these huge jugs?
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    I am new, but if it burns your throat, it's rancid. I'd like to ask everyone else for confirmation though... Sorry I didn't answer your question. I don't know.





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    • #3
      It's about 18-24 months from the time it is crushed. You really have to trust your oil sources as a lot of european oil actually comes from north africa and is transported to places like italy and spain then bottles and marketed as being from there. The problem is all that transport and time waiting on docks is aging the oil so by the time it gets to you there may be only a few months life left in it.

      Try to buy oil made in your own country wherever that may be.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by thanatos View Post
        It's about 18-24 months from the time it is crushed. You really have to trust your oil sources as a lot of european oil actually comes from north africa and is transported to places like italy and spain then bottles and marketed as being from there. The problem is all that transport and time waiting on docks is aging the oil so by the time it gets to you there may be only a few months life left in it.

        Try to buy oil made in your own country wherever that may be.
        I did not know this. It sucks that I never see any oil from CA where I live.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NicoleP View Post
          I did not know this. It sucks that I never see any oil from CA where I live.
          Is there a Trader Joe's anywhere somewhat nearby? They carry California olive oil.

          @kungfumike: a slight burn I think is actually a good thing and indicates high levels of vitamin E.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
            Is there a Trader Joe's anywhere somewhat nearby? They carry California olive oil.
            I go to TJ every few months because its so far away. I did buy some Greek olive oil there and the bottle just says its a product of Greece. Its quite good. I like Kalamata olive oil more than I like others because its a bit spicy. I bet the olives that go in it are from Africa too. I will try some of the CA olive oil when I go again.

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            • #7
              actually, if it burns your throat it's a good thing The Curious Cook - Extra Virgin Anti-Inflammatories - NYTimes.com

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              • #8
                Here is some info about olive oil shelf life, storage, etc.

                Storing Olive Oil | The Passionate Olive
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                • #9
                  Taste the Olive, Wilmington

                  Originally posted by NicoleP View Post
                  I did not know this. It sucks that I never see any oil from CA where I live.
                  NicoleP,
                  There is a store that sells all kinds of olive oil in Wilmington, NC - Taste the Olive, 1125-D Military Cutoff Rd

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