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Dry cure olives 3 weeks later 

13 Nov

Was surprised to see the dry curing olive jar with moist salt and a fluid level. 
Did all that fluid come from the olives? Or did water enter the jar from the atmosphere? It’s a mystery 🙂 guess I should’ve weighed the jar first!
   
 

As you can see they’re all wrinkly!! We tasted one, surprisingly no salty but still have a bitter taste and quite enjoyable but probably needs a bit longer to get more bitterness out. 
Unlike any bought olive I have ever tasted!!
So I ran out of rock kosher salt and used a combo of the salt I have…  

    
   
The pink bamboo salt (looks like brown sugar!) has an interesting taste, I am hoping it doesn’t affect the final product. Also some regular sea salt too. 
Since they’re quite dehydrated, it barely needed a 1/3 jar of salt to cover. 

Dry cure olives

18 Oct

Didn’t get too many olives from my tree and last year I tried to cure in brine but it olives just went moldy which was unexpected as I put so much salt in it. So trying something different this year, just pure salt. 
   
    
 

I have to check it in 3 weeks. The salt is supposed to turn sludgy and I can test the flavour for bitterness and resalt if needed. They’re supposed to go wrinkly and can be plumped up again with boiling (which removed the saltiness) or put in oil. I hope these make it that far!

Homegrown olives! Now what? Curing in Brine

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So here’s my little olive harvest from my $10 tree I bought earlier this year.

I left them on the tree for a while until the recent storm knocked some little olives onto the ground. I had to do something about it before they went to waste so here’s what I got: IMG_4958.JPG

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It’s a small handful of tiny olives!

And I am following these instructions http://m.wikihow.com/Cure-Olives

As my little ones are ripe, I have to do the brine curing – method #2

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Washed and cut a slit in each one and I guess let it sit for a week, change out brine and then let sit for 2 months (!!!!).

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I guess we will see what happens in a couple of months! Hope they taste good!

Here are some pics of the olives from October, a couple of months ago. Still greenish.

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August olives update

8 Sep

Olives are getting bigger! Can’t wait to see them in October when I’m back in town. Left my garden to my neighbours for a month.

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End of April 2014 update.

1 May

Surprisingly, my neglected garden isn’t as bountiful as it was when I tended to it more. Peaches are small, blueberries are fewer…

Still, the few I get taste good.

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My pineapple guava is flowering once again, I think last year it didn’t do so much.

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And excitingly, my olive tree is flowering. The flowers are tiny! I just bought this little tree about a month or two ago.

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Finally, my fennel is starting to look like fennel. Boy these take a long time to grow but are very pretty plants.

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