Decanting Olive Oil

This past Christmas I was given a 5-liter tin of fresh olive oil shipped straight from Italy.

5 liters of olive oil shipped fresh from Italy.
5 liters of olive oil shipped fresh from Italy.

I was told that it should be stored in glass containers.

Korken bottle from Ikea
Korken bottles from Ikea

We found 1-liter bottles at Ikea that seemed perfect for the job.

Filled to the very top with boiling water
Filled to the very top with boiling water

We cleaned them well by first filling them with hot tap water so they wouldn’t crack when refilled with boiling water.

The last bit of moisture evaporated while the bottle sets on top of the heated toaster oven.
The last bit of moisture evaporated while the bottle sits on top of the heated toaster oven.

We let them air dry which took a few days.  To make sure they were totally dry I put them on top of the turned-on toaster oven so the last bit of moisture could evaporate.

The olive oil is not quite as green as it looks in the photo.
The olive oil is not quite as green as it looks in the photo.

Then we filled them with olive oil which in this fresh state needs to age awhile so any sediment can settle to the bottom carrying with it a strong peppery taste.

The olive oil will be stored in a cook, dark place.
The olive oil will be stored in a cook, dark place.

We’ll store these bottles in a dark cupboard until we’re ready to use the oil which is very delicate.

We use a metal pouring spout on our olive oil bottle for cooking.
We use a metal pouring spout on our olive oil bottle for cooking.

We have a pour-spout on our counter bottle of olive oil to make it easy to use.

Do you have a favorite food staple?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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