Does It Go Bad?

Information about storage and shelf life of various products

Does Canola Oil Go Bad?

If you’re wondering “does canola oil go bad”, you’re in the right place to find the answer. Canola oil is a vegetable oil, therefore its shelf life and how one should store it is pretty similar to other vegetable oils. This article will give you the most important pieces of information of those issues, so you’ll be well prepared when you’ll need this knowledge.

How to Store Canola Oil

Canola oil, similarly to other oils should be stored in a cool area. That’s why most reliable sources suggest storing it in the pantry. If you can’t store it in the pantry, I suggest you find another place where the temperature isn’t above room temperature. Storing canola oil in the fridge isn’t a good idea, because it will become thick.

Canola and other oils
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When storing canola oil, make sure it’s safe from three factors: air, heat and light. When it comes to the first one of them, just keep the bottle tightly sealed when not in use, that’s all. The second one I’ve already covered. When it comes to light, just put the oil in a cupboard, it’ll be safe from direct sunlight there.

Shelf Life of Canola Oil

Canola oil has a pretty long shelf life. Typically, it’s suggested to use it within 2 years from manufacture date (you’ll definitely find a “best by” date on the label) or no longer than a year after opening the bottle. Of course those dates are just estimates. If you’ll store this vegetable oil properly, it will be fine for much longer, even up to few years. If it’s only a little past the “best by” date, you should at least check if the oil is still good. In most cases it will be perfectly fine to use, but sometimes (not often) it will be rancid.

How to Tell if Canola Oil is Bad

As in case of many other products, you need to rely on your own senses when checking if canola oil is rancid. You need to inspect its appearance, smell and taste. If you can find any signs of mold (extremely unlikely) or the oil noticeable darker than usual, discard it. If it has an off or “funny” smell, it’s no good for you either. Last you can do is to taste a small amount of it, if it has a stale taste or simply doesn’t taste right (make sure you know how canola oil should taste like), throw it away. If all three (appearance, smell and taste) seem fine, it’s fine.

Summary
As you should know by now, canola oil can go rancid (or bad), but that doesn’t happen quickly. It has pretty long shelf life, so if you store it properly, it will be fine for longer than the typical 2 years you can find on its label.

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