Storing your olive oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is relatively fragile and like fine wine, benefits from storage in a cool (ideally 12-16°C), dark place and importantly away from large temperature fluctuations.
As pretty much everything in life, it is sensitive to oxidation and this is why we recommend using 50cl bottles so that your oil says as fresh as possible. We also recommend extremely dark glass bottles for the same reason. The worst thing you could do from a home cook’s perspective is buy large tins of Olive Oil and decant into clear glass bottles that you keep by the hob – this is the fastest way for your oil to deteriorate. I have recently discovered some bag-in-box alternatives if you need to buy in larger volumes – the bag closes in around the oil as it depletes, reducing the oxygen exchange issues. If you would like to know more about larger volumes, please just ask firstname.lastname@example.org
When your receive your boxes of oil from Frantoi, we suggest you find a good home for them – upright storage is best – near to your wine rack, under the stairs, even in the bottom of a wardrobe. You may well have a few bottles on the go at once, if you have space, try not to keep them right next to the open flames of your cooker.