Dried tomatoes in olive oil

Asked October 3, 2018, 2:08 PM EDT

Can oven dried tomatoes be stored in olive oil in the pantry?

Clackamas County Oregon food safety home food preservation

3 Responses

Thanks for contacting Ask the Expert. Oven dried tomatoes that are preserved in olive oil must be stored in the refrigerator for no more than 4 days, or frozen. Storing them at room temperature in the pantry creates an environment favorable to the development of botulism spores.

So I need to throw away the jar I did store in the pantry for a week now?

Yes. There is no way to tell if the product is still safe to eat.