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As part of our preps we have 8 one gallon jugs of vegetable oil that we rotate, but there is just two of us. So, will keeping jugs in the freezer extend their shelf life? Will it hurt anything? Somebody out there has to know.
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Hmm, never tried it. I wonder if it would expand? I have an extra opening in the freezer and an extra gallon of oil that hasn't made its way to my diesel. I may give it a shot an tell you what happens.
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As part of our preps we have 8 one gallon jugs of vegetable oil that we rotate, but there is just two of us. So, will keeping jugs in the freezer extend their shelf life? Will it hurt anything? Somebody out there has to know.
Here is a source that might help:
http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/freezing-olive-oil

Doesn't say wheter it will make it last longer, but it says it won't hurt olive oil.
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It will extend the life and it won't hurt anything. I keep the oils I use for cooking in the fridge. It does extend their life a lot. Olive oil will thicken to the point you can't pour it, but most of the others don't. A freezer would extend the life even longer. Rancidity is caused by oxidation, and the colder something is, the slower the chemical reactions occur. You can also add vitamin E to the oil to extend the life. It's a natural antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative rancidity.
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Thanks guys, oil is now getting colder!
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Just make sure you oil is room temperature before using it!

Years ago I had a grease fire at a restaurant I managed when one of the staff poured cold oil into a hot vat. The explosion caused two employees third degree burns and set the place on fire!
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As part of our preps we have 8 one gallon jugs of vegetable oil that we rotate, but there is just two of us. So, will keeping jugs in the freezer extend their shelf life? Will it hurt anything? Somebody out there has to know.
We've been doing this for a year now. They freeze solid and don't hurt the containers at all. We've been rotating them out regularly (FIFO) and have had no problems. Last week we didn't think far enough ahead, pulled one out at the last minute, ran it under hot water long enough to liquify what we needed at the time and used it. The rest of it thawed on it's own time and was fine.

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