Few Easy And Simple Tips to Store Cooking Oils

Posted by Alisha on November 4th, 2019

Can you have your food without oil? How many days can you have boiled food? Perhaps three to four days maximum! Can you imagine eating boiled food every day? The obvious answer is no. It is undoubtedly a nightmare for anyone. However, you might have to face such nightmarish condition, if you are unable to store your cooking oils such as corn oil and so on. Its known fact that due to improper storage conditions, cooking oils often no longer remain fresh and edible. But it becomes quite costly if you have to purchase any kind of cooking oils or refined edible oils on a regular interval. Then what is the solution?

The way-out is, you have to know how you could keep or store all kind of cooking oils fresh and edible for the long run. We are all aware that storing cooking oils is undoubtedly a tricky job. In fact, in some cases, some oils can turn sour or rancid before they even start stinking. And it is obvious that having foods made using such oil, will surely cause various health issues. Thus, you have to be very sure before you use any cooking oil to prepare any meal.

As it is informed earlier that storing cooking oils is a troublesome job, but it is not impossible. There are many tricks, by following which you can keep your cooking oils such as sunflower oil, corn oil and so on fresh. However, always keep in mind that you cannot store refined cooking oils for a prolonged time, as they do not have long shelf lives like other highly unperishable items. Here some important tips are illustrated for you, which you must follow while you plan to properly store your cooking oils.

Refrigerate few cooking oils such as corn oil:

Keeping refined cooking oils in a refrigerator can lengthen the life span of few cooking oils. In fact, all kind of refined cooking oils can be stored safely in a refrigerator. The cool temperature of the refrigerator can help to minimise decay of all refined oils. Among various kind of oils, corn oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil are the three types that must be kept in low temperature as these three oils are very much prone to perishing.

After storing cooking oils in the refrigerator for a few days, when you pick any oil for cooking, the oil might become thick and cloudy. However, that does not mean that refined cooking oil has turn bad or unhealthy. The oil is absolutely healthy and perfect to cook. All you need to do is, just keep that oil container at room temperature for 40 to 50 minutes. Then you can see, the oil is no more solid rather it turns to its clear and liquid form again.

Stop exposure of oil to oxygen:

Oxygen is a great enemy of health when it comes to cooking oils. You must store edible oils in containers or jars with a tight-fitting cap. In fact, it will be better for your oils’ health if you use dark coloured glass bottle or containers to keep oils. While you are using any oil, for example, corn oil to prepare any specific food item, just after using required the required amount of oil, you must keep the cap or lid on the bottle as early as possible. It has been scientifically proved that a prime reason of rancid oil is too much exposure of that oil to oxygen. Thus, while you are planning to purchase any cooking oil, you must calculate that what amount you will need for one or two months and accordingly you should purchase vacuum-sealed glass bottle jars and food savers to store them properly.

Always store oils like corn oil, canola oil etc. in dark:

Just like oxygen, light is also another negative factor which can degrade the quality of cooking oils. Therefore, to keep edible intact, you must keep them away from such places which are exposed toa lot of light. It is always great if you store cooking oils in dark coloured glass container and keep them inside any cool and dark cabinet. There are a few oils, which you can safely keep without refrigerating. However, in such case, you have to ensure that the stored place must be cool, dry and most importantly away from sunlight. If any cooking oil gets too much exposure to sunlight, the oil can turn rancid very quickly and using that oil in foods can cause serious digestive issues. So, always remember that you must keep all kind of refined cooking oils out of light exposure. When it comes to selecting dark coloured glass container to store cooking oils, there are few rules you need to keep in mind.

  1. You must not purchase brown coloured glass bottle as it lets in a huge amount of light.

  2. It is always better to go for dark blue or green coloured glass bottles to keep cooking oils healthy.

  3. To keep various kind of edible oils i.e. corn oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil fresh and healthy, you can reuse dark coloured vinegar or wine bottles.

  4. You must avoid usage of plastic bottles to store cooking oils.


How long has the oil been manufactured:

When it comes to storing cooking oils, the expiration date of that oil is a major thing. You have to track the date of manufacturing of that purchased oil and make a calculated guess of its best before date if not given. You can only store any cooking oil up to a few months before the expiration date. If you have any doubts about the health of any cooking oil, it is better to buy a fresh packet.

These are few super easy and simple tips to keep the health of cooking oils perfect. So, no need to have boiled, tasteless food anymore, be a bit mindful and continue to enjoy tasty and healthy cooked meal!

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