How to Store Oils

Nutrition Diva's Quick Tip for storing oils properly to prevent spoiling

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Nut and seed oils, including walnut, sesame, grapeseed, sunflower, and flaxseed, are best stored in the refrigerator. These highly unsaturated oils are particularly vulnerable to spoiling, or becoming rancid. Storing them in the fridge protects their flavor and extends their shelf life. Olive and canola oils are more stable and can be stored at room temperature -- a cool dark cupboard is best.  Rancid oils are not only bad-tasting, they are harmful to your health, so discard any oils that smell "off." 

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.