Wednesday, July 18, 2012


olives, how to, cure, brine, homemade

olives, how to, cure, brine, homemade

How to cure olives on

I am no Olive connoisseur, in fact I don't really like them (shock, horror) But my kid loves them! So when I came across fresh olives still in there raw state at the Earth Fair market (farmers market) the lovely stall holder insisted I should buy some fresh olives and make some olives at home. I was perplexed and said I didn't know how and don't really eat them but the lovely lady assured me that it was very simple and easy to do. She talked me through the process and handed me a recipe with my purchase of a bag of kalamata olives.

olives, curing. homemade, pickling

I was skeptical that it could be that easy but also trusted the lady opinion so with some hope I headed home to soak my olives and wait and see after 6 weeks if she was right. This is how I did them... apparently the results are good.

1 kg olives (what ever variety you like)
water (filtered if possible)
100grams salt
60grams salt (this is for 6 weeks later)
a little olive oil

Wash the olives rubbing them lightly in a large bowl or container and leave to soak for 24 hours (don't rub to hard you don't want to bruise them) This is just to get all the dust off them and any stubborn dirt.
After 24hours rinse them off and place the olives in a container where you are able to place a lid on top with something to push the olives under the water. (I used a very large glass jar with an unusual shaped vase that kept all the olives submerged under the water/brine.)
Mix up your water and salt to make a 10% brine solution. For every litre of water you use 100grams of salt. Mix the solution then pour onto your olives. Make sure that your olives stay under this water at all times while they are curing.
Please note a moldy gunk will grow on top of the water - this is perfectly normal and your olives are not off!!! Promise! 
After 6 weeks - take out an olive rinse off and taste if ready rinse them all off but if not leave for longer checking every few days/ once a week.
When ready rinse the olives off and leave to dry on a clean surface for 3 - 12 hours. They will get dark - almost the colour they were when you bought them.
Mix up a 6% solution - 60 grams salt per litre of filtered water.
Place olives in clean jars and fill with the new brine.
Pour a little olive oil on top and seal with a lid tightly
Place in the fridge ( I am told if kept in the fridge they can keep for upto a year)
Eat as desired

olives, how to, cure, brine, homemade

We have had ours about 3 months and my kid says they taste great


  1. We had our first harvest of olives from our trees this year and your recipe is a LOT easier than the ones that we found. Ours needed to be rinsed twice a day for 14 days or something stupid, then bottled with herbs, water and vinager for 2 months.... we are still waiting to find out what they taste like.

    1. sounds like a lot of work! well done on having your first olive harvest - how exciting!!!

  2. Great post. Interesting to read this method of curing olives, which is different to the method I used recently to preserve all 12 of my home grown olives. (Yes, 12, one dozen little gems that I didn't want to waste!). I am not that keen on olives either, but there is something yummy about a few slices of olive on a pizza and I do like the ones stuffed with anchovy too!

    1. congrats on your 12 olives - Im sure you must be so proud - I would be totally proud if I grew and picked my own olives. Agreed a bit of olive on pizza is nice :)