Olivas, part 2

After talking it over with Josh, I decided to lye-cure about 1/3 of my olives. Yes, lye is scary and not remotely organic (at least the store-bought kind isn’t). But also I had to keep in mind that not only was it an exceptionally mild solution (followed by about 16 water changes over 4 days) but that it was a centuries-old technique for curing foods – hominy for instance – that may have originated with Native Americans. Plus, I was sure to have olives ready for Christmas rather than, say, next Fourth of July.

Mostly I was convinced by people saying that lye-cured olives had a “buttery” flavor. Butter gets me every time.

So the lye-cured olives were soft and nommable (but not particularly flavorful) within 4-5 days, and today I started their brining.

Oooh, pretty! (I’m kind of proud of this picture, actually; I might use photo paper more often.)

Lemons, peppercorns, bay leaves, home-grown rosemary, thyme, and oregano… garlic, kosher salt, vinegar… I can’t wait to taste these. I’m not exactly sure when they’ll be ready though. I do know that I’ll probably have to change the brine a few times before Christmas – these jars are left loosely covered and let ferment and pickle mostly on their own. Kind of like the lacto-fermented pickles I did (which were delicious, by the way).
I wonder if I could can them, though? If I could, it would mean I could ship them to friends out of state! Maybe the week before Christmas I could just pop them in the water bath canner and seal them up… or would the heat would ruin the olives? Commercial olive canners have to do it somehow, right?

One Response to “Olivas, part 2”

  1. debbie swickard Says:

    Test the process on one small jar so that if it doesn’t work to your satisfaction, you haven’t lost much…. Good luck!

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