Pickling olives can be done from a large tin of the Mediterranean's greatest gift to the planet.
I could teach this to a kindergarten child; it's what we call slow food, made fast. The only difficulty arises if you want to bottle them for some distant day; say, for example, if you are growing them, and have half a ton to preserve. For you and me, eating a tin regularly, it takes me no more than maybe fifteen minutes from start to finish.
They don't keep indefinitely. Even those preserved in brine, once the can has been exposed to air will become moldy within a couple weeks. The key is to put them in vinegar and olive oil. Different traditions will add their own favourite herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables.
This is a potje of olives I pickled this week, together with hummus, an old perennial favourite of ours they will make even a plain lettuce and tomato salad famous; it's also known as a chickpea garbanzo bean dip.
The flavour of olives is older than that of meat, older than wine;
a taste that is old as that of cold water.
If you insist, pour into sterilised bottles and seal. But that's only necessary if you want them to keep for months. Better still, after two days you can tuck in. As we say in Holland, "Eet smakelijk." Enjoy!
Pickling olives can leave you with a large amount of unused olive oil and vinegar. Instead, wash and pickle say one quarter of the can. You can start eating them within 24 hours, so within a week all that remains in your bottle is a mixture of olive oil and vinegar.
Wash more olives, chop more of the vegetables, and add to the bottle. Top up with more Olive oil and vinegar.
Provided you get the whole can of olives into the Olive oil / vinegar mixture within two weeks all will be well.
Pickling olives not only preserves them but enhances the flavour umpteen times.
The Moroccans use orange instead of lemon; it's worth trying.
Astonishing, we think of olives as being a luxury and expensive; not so. That tin of olives we buy has six pounds of olives once you drain off the brine. And it costs about ten dollars. Buy that amount of pickled olives in little bottles, and you would pay over forty.
This way they are dirt cheap; I eat at least 20 olives almost every day.
It's time to get started. You may not have a Turkish shop around your corner, like I have in Rotterdam, where you can buy olives in bulk, but where there's a will there's a way. It's all about good, healthy slow food made fast; delicious, and cheap, so you pig out.
Olives contain the healthy mono unsaturated fatty acids, that are so good for your heart and nerves. Your brain too, it's 60 percent fat you know. Don't get Alzheimers; think rather olive oil benefits.
Olive pâté on bread is to die for, and so easy to make from your
pickling olives. Only, make sure you get EVERY PIT out! Definitely one
of my favourites. Magnificent side dish for my Helens 15 euro salad ...
OLIVE PATE ...
The best pickled olives I've ever tasted...
Giannis had a hernia in his cervical spine two years before his first consultation, with pain radiating down to his hand. The condition gradually settled with medical attention but left him with a very stiff neck, and regularly he suffered from tingling in his left arm.
We chatted about this and that during the treatment, and it didn't take long for me to discover his family have an olive farm on a Greek island. He brought me a sample; ooh and ah. The best pickles I've ever tasted.
Was the recipe a family secret? Surely it must be; but no, after his summer holiday, Giannis brought me the directions. He calls them marinaded.
Have you got an olive tree?
Add the lime and the ash to the olives, and cover with water.
After 24 hours, wash the olives thoroughly with clean water.
I can't say I've tried to make it. But if I had the raw olives, I would certainly make the effort.
In a clean bucket, add all the ingredients and cover the olives with clean spring water, and seal.
After three months, Giannis promises that we'll have heaven on earth; oh for an olive tree in the garden.
By the way, Giannis's neck is doing great. He comes every six weeks for a grease and spray, and I convinced him to make a homemade traction unit for himself.
HOME TRACTION UNIT for a slipped disk
Research suggests that traction alone doens't help a slipped disc in the neck. However, in conjuntion with Chiropractic care, I'm convinced it helps. Make your own... HOME TRACTION UNIT ...
Olives and olive oil. Why change?
Yes, olive oil does cost more than the conventional polyunsaturated oils in your supermarket, and with good reason. There's strong research now proving that the change from mono to polyunsaturates is highly inflammatory in the body.
Joint and muscle pain, inflamed arteries, inflammatory bowel disease are on the cards; does it ring a bell?
To prevent this, reduce your polys by changing to olive oil, and increasing your anti inflammatory omega 3 oils.
Either spend your money on good healthy food, or spend five hundred times more on doctors, chiropractors, pills.... not to mention the pain.
Pickling olives is the other great option; I recommend both. It's not a case of either or.
For the chiropractor olives and avocados should always be on the menu. They are rich in the oleic acid that coats your nerves. No fatty myelin sheath means no conduction and zero muscle action; have you heard of MS?
Another thing I really like about olives and its oil is that they are very soothing on the stomach; less indigestion heartburn. Pickling olives should be on the agenda for every family.
USEFUL LINKS @ PICKLING OLIVES
A very scary thought...
"There is a mass of people, we might as well admit, who if they weren't watching television, would be doing absolutely nothing else."
True? So many fun things to do. Mess around in the kitchen
pickling olives, pottering around my beehives, turning a lamp on the
lathe, take a ride along the River Maas, make a serious start on my seventh book, The man who would be Pope ...
Aside: The way of the future, zonder twijfel, without a doubt is ebooks. At a tenth to a quarter of the price, it IS the future. The three books that make up the A Family Affair reviews trilogy will set you back only 99c each, yes, no mistake, 99c each.
Stones in my Clog is finished by the way. You can read Chapter One at WHAT HAVE I GOT MYSELF INTO ... and download the whole book in less than one minute onto your Kindle, smartphone or tablet - go to Stones in my Clog in the Navigation Bar on the left of www.Bernard-Preston.com. It's only $2.99.
The fun can only start when we turn that damned television OFF!!!