Telegraph Hill Style Olives
Easy. Fun. Enjoyable.
The easiest way of home processing olives is to naturally ferment them. This produces great flavour and requires minimal inputs.
This kit can help make it super easy. With detailed instructions and the correct container for the job.
Make a solution of salt and water, 8g of salt for every 100g of water (this is called 'the brine')
1. Place your picked olives in a food grade container.
2. Pour your brine over the olives to cover. Keep the olives under the top of the brine with a mesh net.
3. Loosely seal a lid over the container and place in your pantry
4. Leave the olives for 3 weeks to ferment and then tighten the lid. If fermentation has not completed, it will continue the by product gas will build up in the container, regularly release this gas.
5. After 2-3 months your olives will be ready to eat.
6. Store them in the fridge.
7. To serve mix a portion with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and your favourite herbs and serve warmed.
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If that looks too easy, then try the below recipe from 'The Feast of the Olive'
Greek Style Olives
This is the most natural way of processing olives and we think delivers the best flavour. The slashing of the olive will speed up processing time. It is your choice to do it or not!
For this recipe, choose olives that are red to dark red. Slash each olive deeply on one side using a very sharp knife to reduce bruising. Place olives in a large stoneware, earthenware, glass, or porcelain container. Make a solution of 4 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1 quart water, and pour enough over the olives to cover; then weight the olives with a piece of wood or a plastic bag filled with water so that all of them are completely submerged. Store in a cool place, changing the solution once a week for three weeks. If a scum forms on the surface during that time, disregard it until it is time to change the brine; then rinse the olives with fresh water before covering with brine again. The scum is harmless. At the end of three weeks, taste one of the largest olives. If it is only slightly bitter (these olives should be left with a bit of a tang), pour off the brine and rinse the olives. If the olives are too bitter to be put in the marinade, rebrine and soak for another week; then rinse and marinate. Then marinate them with the proper amount of liquid to cover in a marinade made according to these proportions:
- 1-1/2 cups white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 lemon wedges
- 2 cloves garlic
- Olive oil