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Cloudy dressing becomes clear at room temp

Knight Ridder Newspapers

Q: When I refrigerated some salad dressing I made with olive oil, it got cloudy and congealed. Is it still OK to use?

A: Yes, it's fine. Just allow it to come to room temperature, and the dressing will look fresh-made again. Unlike other vegetable oils, olive oil solidifies when refrigerated. This does not affect the quality, however.

Some people store their expensive olive oils in the refrigerator in hopes of keeping them fresh longer. Refrigeration won't extend the shelf life by much, according to the manufacturer of Pompeiian Olive Oil. Olive oil should remain fresh for two years if stored at room temperature in a cupboard away from the heat.

Sue Kosharek of Rochester is a registered dietitian in private practice. Questions for Nutrition Briefs should be sent to the Food section, Post-Bulletin, 18 First Ave. S.E., Rochester, MN 55904. Questions can be left on the Nutrition Hotline on City Line, 252-1111, category 5100, and questions will be forwarded to columnists. You also may e-mail questions to lifestyle@postbulletin.com.

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