Olive oil being poured into a spoon and onto a bowl.
Why You Should Never Store Olive Oil Near The Stove
Olive oil can last for a while but any oil can go rancid if you don't treat it right, and one of the biggest mistakes you can make with olive oil is storing it near the stove.
Olive oil's biggest enemies include sunlight, air exposure, and heat. Even if you seal your bottle tightly and minimize light exposure, keeping it near the stove is a huge “no.”
The oil will absorb atmospheric heat every time you use the stove, then slowly cool down. These temperature fluctuations will turn it rancid quickly, spoiling its flavor.
The best place to store your olive oil is in a cool, dry place, like in the back of your pantry. Your refrigerator is also an option if your kitchen is warm or hot.
Once your bottle of olive oil is opened, it will retain its best quality for three to six months if kept in a cool, dry, and dark location.