I searched everywhere for this recipe!! A friend gave me a bag of green olives, because I had said I would like to try pickling my own. I love the whole Greek thing, making your own cheese and all that. Anyway, I finally found this recipe in a Womens Weekly book. Putting it here so I don't have to search! It is excellent, better then the bought one :)
- Pick over the olives, discard any with big blemishes.
- With a parring knife, cut down the side of the olive, thru to the stone, then turn over and repeat on the other side.
- Place the olives in a 2 litre (8 cup) sterilized jars, untill the jars are 2/3 full, then cover olives with cold water.
- To keep the olives submerged, fill a small plastic bag with water, and sit it on top of the olives. (I used a sandwich, ziplok bag).
- Change the water daily, scum may appear on the surface, but that's fine. Change the water for 4 days with black olives, and for 6 days with green olives.
- Combine the salt and water, stir over heat until the salt has dissolved, cool.
- Drain and discard the water in the jars, fill with enough salted water to cover the olives.
- Pour enough oil into the jars to cover the olives completely, and then seal the jars.
- Mark the date on the jars and store in a cool dark place for 5 weeks.
- After 5 weeks they are ready to eat, but you can then marinate them for another 2 weeks using lemon wedges and garlic, or whatever you like.
- Cover with oil.
- Note: don't mix your olives! they must be pickles separately.
OMG, OMG. OMG we've been eating these for days at mummamills home. We've been stranded here while our car needs to be fixed, so we keep eating!!!!!