First time curing olives ๐ŸŒฟ

in Natural Medicine โ€ข 4 months ago (edited)


Most olives are treated with chemicals to keep the worms out, but these ones were picked from a friend's garden and are 100% organic. What this means is that around half of them will have little worms in. Had I caught them earlier in the season and harvested multiple times as they ripened, this would not have been the case.


After removing all the ones with holes in (this means worms) I added them to a salt water brine (1.5 cups sea salt to 10 gallons water), I weighed them down with something to keep them under the water and I tied them off to the air at the top with sellotape & plastic as I don't have lids to these particular jars.

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For your information, half the olives I sliced with a knife (one single cut) and the other half I left as they were. The sliced ones will cure faster and will be ready in time for Christmas.

All I will be doing over the next four weeks is cleaning them with fresh water periodically and adding them back into new brine.

Three times in the first week and then once a week after that.

Between 3-5 weeks the colour & the bitterness fade from the olives. When the desired taste is achieved they are added to smaller pots with lemon, herbs, garlic... whatever you choose.

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Finally I will seal them off in a light brine (1/3 cup salt with 2 litres water) making sure the brine is hot when added (55 - 65ยฐC). A layer of olive oil at the top and the lids are closed.

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They need to sit in these jars for at least two weeks before eating, to take on the flavours of the herbs.

Those last two images are from the guy on YouTube whose instructions I am following here.

Hey, perhaps @trucklife-family might have some wisdom to offer on this subject?

We are on the outskirts of olive land here in the Pyrenees, but further south in Spain & Portugal they are much more abundant.

That being said, our village is full of olive trees! And just as it is with all of the fruits, nuts & berries which grow around us here, no one picks them except me.

Makes me wonder... are olives categorised as fruit?

Or something else?

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I love Olives! Beautiful post/work, Sam!
I bet they taste awesome ๐Ÿ˜‹

I will let you know how they taste around Christmas ;)

Yesir ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wow! This is wonderful! I want to be your student on all this stuff! Youโ€™ll definitely survive a black out!


YouTube is my teacher, so you could probably just skip the middle man ;)

Though I guess I've picked up a few tricks now. The best way to learn something is to just do it...

Hopefully there won't be any blackouts but yes, I think we would have some fun if there was one!

You are so lucky to be surrounded by fruit trees!! Youโ€™ll have all the food you would ever need there! Very good location!

Great job, mate!
The olive is certainly a fruit but difficult to eat if untreated.

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Thanks for the clarification!

I had to learn the hard way they can't be eaten raw ;)

Looks amazing!
I was wondering how those two bottles turned into so many jars and then I read about your YT Guru for those images. Puzzle solved for me :)

Yes my friend. No magic here ;)

Though I am thinking to pick a bunch more and fill up a much bigger jar now that I know how easy it is...

Wow, that's a lot of work, but definitely worth it! And now there's a lot of love in the jars, too <3 Looking forward to your post about the first time eating your own olives :-)

You know it. Jars of love ;)

If they are super good, next year I will be more organised...

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