Shelf Life of
Oil

How Long Does Oil Last?

How Long Does Oil Last?

Shelf Life of Oil

How long does oil last? The shelf life of oil depends on the best before date and how it is stored. Does Oil go bad – yes. Oils are extracted from plants – either from the fruit as in olive, the seed as in sunflower, or the nut as in peanut oil.

So, how long does oil last? When properly stored, the shelf life of oil past its best before date is …




(Unopened) Pantry Fridge
Avocado Oil lasts for 9-12 Months 1 Year
Blended Oil lasts for 2 Years
Canola Oil lasts for 2 Years
Coconut Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Corn Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Chili Oil lasts for 9-12 Months 1 Year
EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive)lasts for 2-3 Years
Grape Seed lasts for 3 Months 6 Months
Hazelnut Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Macadamia Nut Oil lasts for 2 Years 2-3 Years
Olive Oil lasts for 2-3 Years
Peanut lasts for 3 Years 3 Years
Sesame Oil lasts for 1 Years 2 Years
Safflower Oil lasts for 2 Years 2 Years
Sunflower Oil lasts for 2 Years 2 Years
Truffle Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Vegetable Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Walnut Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
(Opened) Pantry Fridge
Avocado Oil lasts for 6-8 Months 9-12 Months
Blended Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Canola Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Coconut Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Corn Oil lasts for 1 Year 1 Year
Chili Oil lasts for 6 Months 1 Year
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) lasts for 2-3 Years
Grape Seed Oil lasts for 3 Months 6 Months
Hazelnut Oil lasts for 3 Months 9-12 Months
Macadamia Nut Oil lasts for 2 Years 2-3 Years
Olive Oil lasts for 2-3 Years
Peanut lasts for 2 Years 2 Years
Sesame Oil lasts for 6-8 Months 2 Years
Safflower Oil lasts for 1 Year 1-2 Years
Sunflower Oil lasts for 1 Year 1-2 Years
Truffle Oil lasts for 4-6 Months 6-8 Months
Vegetable Oil lasts for 1 Year
Walnut Oil lasts for 3-4 Months 6-8 Months
Spray Oil Can lasts for 2 Years

But remember, oil, like a lot of other condiments, usually have a best before date and not a use by date or an expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it for your salads or baking needs after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if oil is bad, rotten or spoiled?

The color, texture and clarity of the product may change with age. But when the fats begin to go rancid, the oil goes bad and an unpleasant odor and taste develops. If a wine taste or smell develops, it was probably not sealed properly and the oil has gone bad.
Olive Oil is best within a year of pressing, the flavor will not be as pleasant after that point but it will not become harmful.
*Flavored olive oils, on the other hand, may contain other ingredients which may become rancid with time or require refrigeration so please read and follow labels carefully for flavored oils.
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. If your oil has gone bad, check our substitution page.

How to store oil to extend its shelf life?

The best way to store oils are in their original air tight containers in a cool dark place like the pantry, away from the stove or other appliances. After opening most are fine in the pantry, but many will live a longer shelf life if they are refrigerated. They may become cloudy and solidify in the fridge, but leave them at room temperature for a short time before use and they again liquify.
Olive Oil and vegetable are best left in the pantry while avocado, hazelnut, sesame and walnut oils are best kept in the fridge.
Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.

Any interesting facts about oil?

  • Olives have no cholesterol, making them the healthiest substitution for fat.
  • Olives are technically a fruit, olives are pressed just like an orange to make the olive oil product actually a fruit juice.

  • How long is oil good for when prepared in a dish?

    That depends. How long do eggs last? In general, it will be one of the last expiring ingredients in any dish, soaking into any other ingredient. To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our does oil go bad content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of oil.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the shelf life of oil information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion, and should not replace the advice of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!