Last week I got a big box of fresh olives in the mail from the kind folks in Sacramento at Penna Great Olives.
Aren’t they pretty? I remember olive trees when we lived in Arizonan in graduate school. I was friends with a woman from Jordan and she couldn’t believe that no one harvested and used the olives on the Arizona trees. She thought it was so sad that all the olives just went to waste. Well, I certainly didn’t use them because I had no clue and wasn’t really inclined to figure it out back then. I was overwhelmed by the lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees and didn’t care that much about the poor olives!
But I haven’t forgotten her statements in the 10 years since graduate school. I’ve changed a lot since then and am more passionate about preserving food. So, I was pretty excited to get these olives and finally figure it out! So far, it’s a really easy process. We’re not finished yet, but this is what we’ve done so far to cure fresh olives!
Following the directions on the Great Olives website, first we rinsed the olives in cold water.
Then, we went outside with a mallet, a cutting board, and a jar and cracked all of the olives. The kids had a blast with this and I’m surprised no one’s fingers were smashed. True! My kids also decided to see if they could grow an olive tree themselves, so they planted two seeds in pots. 😉
And then we filled the jar with water to cover all of the olives. The jar is sitting on my counter and we have to change the water every day for the first 10 days. Then we will make a brine and put them in the fridge. I used a big pickle jar I have because all of my big bowls are being used in my garden right now. I might have to get two jars because the olives have expanded a bit in the water and aren’t fitting so well in my huge pickle jar. I’m keeping my eye on them because it’s important that they are fully covered by water for the 10 days.
I’ll let you know how they turn out! I’m excited to see this process.
If you’d like to try curing your own fresh olives, Penna Great Olives will have them for sale shortly. When they become available, you can purchase them here.
What do you think? What’s the strangest food you’ve ever processed?
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