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How long can olive oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and the like be eaten after the best-before date has passed?

How long can olive oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and the like be eaten after the best-before date has passed?

Many people like to keep a small supply of different oils for cooking, roasting, baking and deep-frying.

You can also use cooking oil for pickling.

In addition, butter can be replaced by oil in certain cases.

Just be careful not to spoil your oil supply.

The best-before date (MHD) is a good guideline to find out in principle whether food can still be kept.

But nothing more.

If products have exceeded the MHD, that does not mean that you have to throw them away.

Other important standards apply in particular to edible oils such as sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil and the like, which you should have on hand in times of crisis.

In addition, the oil does not necessarily have to be disposed of immediately if you can no longer consume it.

You can find out below how long unopened and opened cooking oil can be kept, how you can recognize spoiled oil and what you can still use expired olive oil, rapeseed oil, flaxseed oil and co. for.

Ökotest: This is how long cooking oil can be kept open or unopened

According to a report by


, unopened edible oils can be kept for at least six months and at most two years - depending on the type of production, such as cold-pressed or refined and the fruit from which the oil was pressed.

Use the BBD as the lower guideline if the cooking oil was stored cool and protected from light.


If you store cooking oil correctly, i.e. protected from light and in a cool place, it will keep for several months, depending on the type and type of production.

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If the oil has already been opened, it will keep between three and twelve months.

According to the Ökotest

report, oxidation processes are

responsible for the fact that edible oils become rancid, i.e. inedible, and that mold or bacteria may even form.

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Store cooking oil correctly: How do you know that oil is bad?


recommends that you not only rely on the best-before date for foods such as oil, but also on your sense of smell or taste


If oil smells sour or musty or looks different than usual, you should be careful.

For example, eating rancid oil can cause digestive problems.

According to the report, however, there is one exception: olive oil, for example, can form flakes or streaks over time.

However, this is a natural process in which plant parts separate.

If the oil otherwise smells and tastes normal, don't worry.

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Do not throw away expired oil: You can still use spoiled cooking oil for this

If cooking oil has expired or is inedible, this does not necessarily mean that it can no longer be used for anything.

According to a report by

, you can still use oils in the household, for example for polishing or cleaning:

  • Wood:

    So-called drying vegetable oils, such as linseed oil or walnut oil, can be used to care for cutting boards, knife handles or wooden furniture.

    Expired drying cooking oils are also suitable for polishing real wood floors such as parquet or linoleum floors.

  • Leather:

    Non-drying oils such as olive oil or coconut oil can be used to care for the leather of handbags or shoes.

  • Soap/Detergent:

    You can make curd soap from inedible rapeseed oil or spoiled olive oil, which you can use as a detergent or cleaner.

  • Oil candles:

    You can also use leftover cooking oil to make candles, such as floating lights or scented candles.

What foods should you always have on hand in an emergency?

What foods should you always have on hand in an emergency?

If you still need to dispose of oil, you should not just dump it down the toilet, because oil in the sewage attracts rats and can clog pipes.

Instead, close it tightly and dispose of it in the general waste.

List of rubrics: © Jan Pietruszka/Imago

Source: merkur

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