But it unleashed such a backlash from top European politicians and the media that the EU soon scrapped the plan. The photos that accompanied many of the articles showed oil being served at tables in clear glass cruets - like the one in the photo below. It made me think that, at home, that’s something you want to avoid - keeping your oil in a clear container. It won’t shield it from light, which causes oil to degrade in quality.When storing olive oil, keep in mind that fresh extra virgin olive oil has four enemies:
- Time – Once bottled, olive oil has a two-year shelf life. And once you open your oil, you’ll want to use it sooner versus later. We recommend using up the oil within 30 to 60 days.
- Light – Exposure must be minimized or eliminated at all times.
- Temperature – The optimal storage for olive oil is 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Oxygen – Exposure must be minimized or eliminated during storage. We top off each bottle of our oil with a small amount of nitrogen to force out any residual oxygen before the bottle is capped.