How to buy and store canola oil

How to buy and store canola oil

Purchase any size of 100% canola oil, of any brand, from any store and you are supporting Canadian farmers. Truly, it’s that simple.

Canola is Canadian-grown, and farmers thank you for choosing canola oil for your kitchen.

Canola oil is considered a vegetable oil and while many vegetable oil blends will include canola, be sure your bottle says “Canola”. There are many reasons to buy and love 100% Canadian canola.

How to store canola oil at home

  • Keep a small amount for everyday use on your counter. Only keep out what you plan to use up within a couple of weeks, or a month at most. Be sure to regularly empty your squeeze bottle or oil cruet and wash with hot soapy water.
  • Store oil in an airtight container, in a cool, dark location. Your kitchen pantry or cupboards are great as long as they are away from a heat source.
  • Do not store oil near the oven or stove, where the container will be exposed to consistent heat.
  • An unopened bottle of canola oil will keep for 2 years from the manufacture date.
  • An open bottle of canola oil will typically keep for up to a year. Once opened and exposed to oxygen, oil will go rancid (bad) more quickly.
  • Be aware that heat, oxygen and light will all affect shelf life.
  • To avoid waste, purchase the size of bottle you anticipate will be consumed within 6 months.
  • If you notice any change in colour or odour, it’s likely time for a new bottle.
  • If your oil is chilled below 6ºC, you may notice some cloudiness. This does not impact the quality of your oil. It will become clear again at room temperature.
  • Canola oil stored in the refrigerator will remain liquid. This makes it ideal for use in salad dressings and marinades.

Freshness Tip

Write the date on your bottle of canola oil when it is first opened. This way you will know how long you’ve had it in your kitchen.

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