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When good olive oil goes bad (or, What is the shelf life of various pantry items?)

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When good olive oil goes bad (or, What is the shelf life of various pantry items?)

NYChristopher | Sep 17, 2007 08:01 AM

Cleaning out my pantry this morning and I was wondering how long I can keep oil after its been opened. Amateur that I am, I can't tell (without, perhaps, tasting) whether the grapeseed, canola and olive (with Sorrento PGI lemon) oils I have have turned on me.

I also have ...

Soy and (two) hoisin sauces that weren't refrigerated after opening (one hoisin said refrigerate after opening, the other did not; the soy definitely said refrigerate after opening)

and

sun-dried tomatoes that weren't packed in oil and now look (and feel) like dried mushrooms

and

brick-hard brown sugar, both light and dark (any suggestions on softening them up for future use?)

Thanks!
Christopher in New York

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