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Mediterranean Preserved Olives

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 21:02 Claire Haas

Many thanks to for this great recipe.

  • To brine olives:
  • For every 1 kg olives
  • about 100 ml vinegar
  • 2 TBSP coarse salt
  • water
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  • Mediterranean olive marinade:
  • for every 1 cup (160 gr) preserved olives:
  • 1 medium garlic clove, grated
  • ½ tsp dry oregano
  • ¼ tsp hot chili flakes
  • good olive oil (start with ⅓ cup, but you’ll need enough for a generous coating to cover the olives)
  2. To prepare olives, make a simple, straight cut into each one or poke each with a fork. This will allow them to release some of the bitterness and soak flavor faster.
  3. Place all olives in a big pot, cover them with water and place a big, heavy plate in the pot to keep the olives at the bottom, fully submerged.
  4. Leave olives in water for 2 weeks, changing the water every day. (I’ve been changing water every day when back from work. Takes only a minute.)
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  7. Sterilize your glass jars and lids first by washing them with warm soapy water and then popping them in the oven at low temp (120C) until completely dry. Allow to cool before handling. (If lids are plastic, do not put them in the oven. Use sterilizing solution.)
  8. When taking them out of the oven, do not touch them on the inside.
  9. Add olives to jars, making sure they are packed as tight as possible. Stuff as many as you can.
  10. To make brine, for every 500ml water, add about 100ml vinegar and 2 TBSP coarse salt. First add salt to a bowl with 3-4 TBSP warm water and stir to dissolve salt. Then add salty water to 500 ml water and 100 ml vinegar and stir to combine.
  11. Pour brine in the jars filled with olives, to the top of the rim, until it begins to overflow – it is key that no air remains in the jar.
  12. Screw the lids on the jars, label them and leave them in a dark cupboard for about 2 months.
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  15. Now your olives are ready to take on the flavors of the marinade.
  16. Rinse olives to remove excess salt and vinegar.
  17. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  18. Add olives to marinade and stir to coat them well.
  19. Place the olives in a closed jar and add more olive oil if needed to coat them. (Do not worry about wasting olive oil. Whatever will be left after eating the olives will make a wonderful addition to salad dressings!)
  20. Place olives in the fridge for 1-2 days. Flavors develop as they sit.
  21. Keeps well for weeks.
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