Can You Freeze Olive Oil?

Last updated on September 18th, 2022 at 03:15 am

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Olive oil is used for many things in the culinary world. You can drizzle it over salad or mix it into a salad dressing. 

You can use it in marinades or sauces for meats or veggies. Drizzle olive oil over cooked pasta or veggies. It even makes a great dip for bread. 

Olive oil is most commonly used in cooking by pouring a bit of the liquid into a pan and cooking meat or veggies in it. If you have a lot of olive oil you want to save, can you freeze it?

You can freeze olive oil to preserve it for later. Freezing the olive oil doesn’t harm it in any way and it will return to its normal consistency when it is warmed up after being frozen. 

If you want to prolong its nutrients and flavor, freeze olive oil.

Eventually olive oil will go bad. Although you can keep it for quite some time, if it isn’t stored properly then it will go bad faster. If you are looking for a way to preserve the olive oil, you can freeze it. 

There are certain ways you can do this which we will mention later in this article. Freezing olive oil doesn’t affect its quality at all and will keep it good for weeks up to months.

Does Freezing Ruin Olive Oil?

Olive oil is a staple ingredient in many recipes. You can cook almost anything in it and it gives the dish so much flavor. To store olive oil long-term, we know that you can freeze olive oil. 

We also know that normally olive oil can just be left at room temperature and remain good to use. So, if you put the olive oil in the freezer, you may be concerned that it’s quality will diminish. Will freezing ruin olive oil?

Freezing doesn’t ruin olive oil but actually keeps it better for longer. Freezing helps to lock in the nutrients and keeps the olive oil from going bad. As long as you store it properly, olive oil will remain good after it is warmed up aftwr being frozen.

While you were shopping, you noticed a great deal on olive oil. Knowing that you cook with this ingredient often, you took advantage of the savings and purchased a few bottles. 

Now, you need to save them without worrying if they will go bad. After all, it may take some time to go through one bottle so what do you do with the rest? 

Freeze them, of course! When you want to save olive oil for later, you can freeze it without worrying if freezing will ruin it. 

Freezing actually helps preserve food and olive oil is no exception to this. You will be able to save the olive oil for longer by freezing it. 

When it’s time to use the olive oil, there will be no change to its flavor or texture and it will be good to use for all your recipes. Keep in mind that once the olive oil is defrosted after freezing it will need to be used up quickly. 

While olive oil at room temperature lasts for months, frozen olive oil will only keep for 3 to 4 days after it is thawed. Olive oil that has been frozen will still be good to use without any charge to its taste or consistency.

How Long Can You Freeze Olive Oil?

Since you use it in so much of your cooking, you are glad you can freeze olive oil. This won’t ruin it but keep it good so you can save it for later. 

This is especially helpful since you picked up so many bottles of the cooking ingredient you don’t want them to go bad. Plus, freezing the olive oil will save you time and effort in the long run and you can always have some on hand. 

But, how long exactly can you freeze olive oil for?

Olive oil that is kept in a cool, dry, and dark place can last for 2 years unopened and 1 year opened. Freezing helps to keep it good for longer.  Olive oil can last for 12 to 18 months when it is properly stored in the freezer.

So, if you want to save your olive oil for a year or so, freeze it! There are certain ways you can store the olive oil in the freezer. When freezing large quantities of olive oil, you can use a freezer-safe airtight glass container. 

If you are needing to freeze individual servings and perfect portions for cooking, etc. freeze the olive oil in an ice cube tray. This is great if you just need a small amount of the ingredient for recipes. 

Just freeze the olive oil in the ice cube tray and then once frozen pop then pour them into a freezer bag and store in the freezer. 

Whenever you use them to cook with, these cubes can be directly dropped into the pot or pan. No need for defrosting as they can be used just as they are and will be heated up and thawed by the hot pan. 

Larger amounts of frozen olive oil can be defrosted by sitting out at room temperature, or in the refrigerator. This can get two steps done in one. 

Using a microwave to heat olive oil won’t harm it but is not recommended for defrosting the ingredient since it won’t produce great results. Whichever method you decide on, make sure to label the bag or container with the current date so you know when you placed the olive oil in the freezer. 

And as a side note, you can add in herbs to the olive oil before freezing it for a more flavorful addition to your recipes.

Final Thoughts

Olive oil can be frozen to save it for later. This staple cooking ingredient will not ruin it but rather keep it good for future use. 

The best way to freeze it is to use the ice cube method for ideal portions. As long as you freeze the olive oil properly, you can save olive oil for months with no harm to its quality, flavor, or texture. 

Freezing will keep olive oil for longer so you can use it much later.

Hannah R.

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