I adore olives. Back in Spain where they were ubiquitous on all restaurant tables, I could sure blaze through a bowl or two. Alas, copious olivery went the way of my use of artisanal olive oils as soon as I came back to the States – an olive habit here can get expensive. Ever on the search for a cheaper way to do things myself, I’ve even been tossing around the idea of trying to grow an olive tree of my own. The winters, though, mean I’d have to bring the tree indoors every winter, which would be a royal pain; and the summer humidity means the tree probably wouldn’t survive anyway.

Then I discovered you can buy fresh olives for about $1.50/pound. So much easier. Cheap, and homemade. (Of course I won’t be eating them til Christmastime, but I can wait.)

So I just got 20 pounds of olives in the mail.

SofĂ­a enthusiastically helped me put them into jars, where they will go through three changes of water over three days to reduce their tannins.

I’m excited.

8 Responses to “Olivas”

  1. debbie swickard Says:

    20 lbs of OLIVES???!! You REALLY must like them!!! LOL:lol:

  2. Lindsay McFadden Says:

    I’m excited for you! I had no idea they could be ordered like that?…. neat!

  3. Heidi Says:

    How will you preserve them? will they turn black? will you stuff some?
    keep us posted…

  4. diana Says:

    I’m going to brine them in a saturated salt solution and layer them with bay leaves, lemon, and garlic. Lots of people use lye, but I just don’t like that idea. No, they won’t turn black – that would only be if they matured on the tree. Bad weather conditions this year ensured that they don’t have enough olives to harvest both a green and a black crop, or I would have gotten some of each (I love the mixed-color kind).

  5. Lauren Says:

    very very cool! i’m curious to hear how they turn out!

  6. Ayse Says:

    Where did you get them from? After eating olives for breakfast every morning in Turkey for the last three weeks, I’m looking for a slightly cheaper way to keep up the habit (good olives are even pricier here than they are near you).

  7. diana Says:

    You’re in Turkey!? Wow I didn’t see that coming! I hope to see all about it on your blog!

    It’s funny about CA olive prices, because the post that initially inspired me was itself inspired by the wealth of free olives in California – grown on landscaping trees along boulevards and in parks, you know. So if you’re near any of those, check them out. It is probably not too late, I think the season lasts through December. I remember we used to have an ENORMOUS one at my high school – but I didn’t know they had to be leached first and bit into one and WOW it was terrible. -laugh- I ordered mine from Penna (http://www.greatolives.com/). I’ve had it on my calendar for a year!

    I wish I could grow my own and then I’d even try making my own oil. Wait a minute… then maybe it’s a good thing I can’t, I have too much to do already. -laugh-

  8. Ayse Says:

    Actually, we just got back from three weeks there, spending time with my father’s side of the family. I didn’t post about it on the blog because I didn’t want to broadcast that we were going to leave town for nearly a month. :)

    I’m trying to see if I can find a local tree to harvest, but it seems like when I don’t want olives I’m literally tripping over them, but when I do, they’re nowhere to be found. Not going to press my own oil, though. That’s insane.

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