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Curing Olives

Note: This is for green or straw colored olives only. DO NOT USE
for black-ripe fruit.

LYE (Sodium Hydroxide - NaOH) TREATMENT

Lye solutions are 1/4 C Lye to 1 gallon water. This will heat up
when you add the lye to the water so let it cool to below 70 degrees
before adding olives

Soak olives 12 hours in lye solution. Keep totally submerged.
Use stainless, glass, lead free pottery, or plastic for the container.

Soak olives 12 more hours in a fresh lye solution. Drain.

Cut into a large olive to see whether the color of the flesh has
changed to a yellow-green all the way to the pit. If yes then move
to rinsing. If no, soak again in another fresh lye solution for
12 hours and try again.

Rinse in cold water.

Soak 6 hours in fresh, cold water.

Change the water every 6 hours for 4 - 8 days until there is "no
lye taste" (not my instructions I am merely the scribe)


Cover with salt brine, 6T salt to 1 Gallon Water. Let stand two
days. Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks. To keep longer than
two weeks, follow the next steps or process in a pressure canner.
(the UCal Extension service allegedly has these instructions in
the 2758 booklet). Drain.

Cover with salt brine, 3/4 C + 1T salt to 1 gal water. Let stand
1 week. Drain.

Cover with salt brine. 1 + 2/3 C salt to 1 gal water. Let stand
10 - 12 days. Drain.

Cover with fresh brine. 1 + 2/3 C salt to 1 gal water. Store in
a cool place - preferably a refrigerator.

Use within 2 - 4 months. Before eating you may wish to soak olives
in fresh water overnight to de-salt them. Use within 3 days after


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