Episode 147 – Oils, vinegars and sauces

In this episode, we are talking about all things oils, vinegars and sauces. These are often things that linger in our cupboards and on our sides for a while without proper decluttering and organising, but we will give you some of the tips we use to keep on top of these items.

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Show Summary

  • We go through the steps you should go through when trying to organise your oils, vinegars and sauces.
  • You need to be realistic about how much you use the items vs how much you have - this will be an indicator of how many you actually need.
  • When buying oils, vinegars and sauces, they can often be an aspirational purchase we intend to use but never actually get around to it.
  • You need to think about what storage you have available for use for these items, and where you want to store them, on the counter or in a cupboard.
  • Are your oils, vinegars and sauces there for decoration or are they for practical use?
  • Often we have many of these items that are way past their best before/use by date and we have no idea!

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  1. Hi JoAnn – thanks for listening. Dates and best befores are always at the discretion of the user and not something we typically comment on. Hope you’re doing OK!

  2. Do you have a time table that you tell clients on how long to keep oils, vinegars, and sauces? I understand it has an expiration date on the items, but is there a time frame once opened? I love the tip to write the open date on the bottle, something so simple.

    1. Hi Stacy, we don't get involved with anything to do with dates as it's so variable product by product and country by country but the first step is definitely writing those dates on the bottle. Thanks for listening!

  3. I enjoyed your podcast, as always, but I'm surprised you didn't discuss how heat can affect oils. I thought heat (e.g., storing near a stove) would increase the speed at which an oil will go rancid. I was hoping to hear how long various oils remain "healthy," as I so often cannot find a "use by" date on the bottle (perhaps it's worn off by the time I think to check it). I have vegetable oil, olive oil, and sesame oil. They probably all need replacement as it takes me a couple of years or longer to use an entire bottle.

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