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grapeseed oil - smell - has this gone bad?

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grapeseed oil - smell - has this gone bad?

Sam Tutterow | Aug 8, 2003 10:04 AM

I just purchased grapeseed oil for the first time a few days ago. When I got home and opened it for a smell and a taste, the smell was not unlike the smell of slightly rancid vegetable oil. I was surprised because I had read that grapeseed oil was light and had very little distinctive flavor too it. I was not expecting this smell.

Is this a bad can of oil that I should return, or is this how grapeseed oil is supposed to smell? For what it's worth, the brand is California Grapeseed Oil, and it was purchased from a Williams-Sonoma store that had just relocated. My suspicion is that the either oil was exposed to high heat during the relocation and went bad, or Williams-Sonoma oil inventory turns so slowly that this had been on the shelf too long.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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