This post is a continuation of this one on how to brine olives at home.
My olives went from this:
To see the process, keep reading by selecting the link below.
As you may recall from the earlier post, I was late on buying olives so the ones I ended up with were really small and a lot of them were bruised.
I used the salt-and-water method to brine them, as opposed to lye. Using Karen Solomon's book I slit the olives, made brine, and covered the olives with a heavy plate to weigh them down.
I checked on them once a week and changed the water, which gets really gross and moldy like this after the first week:
and this after the second:
By the third week, they tasted done- not bitter. I think they finished brining so quickly (some recipes say three weeks, Solomon's book says six) because they're so small; more pit than meat. But they're extra tasty because I made them myself.
I rinsed them and put them in jars with new brine (with half the amount of salt), but not until I took more pictures.
So, now I have to try some experiments with flavoring them for my drinks. I am thinking:
- Trying to pit them and stuff them (though initial experiments have been big failures)
- Using smoked salt brine to make them taste smoky
- Brining them in vermouth
- Brining them with orange juice or lemon juice, and orange bitters
- Trying to get olives with pits in them