Green Olives

Source: Gene Lawler
October 01, 2002

Gene Lawler, who has given olive curing classes at the Canada College Olive Festival for several years, has shared his recipe for green olives. One of the joys of an olive festival is hearing everyone's family recipe for curing olives. Although they may disagree on additives and cure times, all agree that home made olives beat the store bought article by a mile.

GREEN OLIVE RECIPE

Use two 5 gallon buckets with 11 lbs. olives in each bucket.
Wash and sort green olives. Do not dry.

DAY #1 For each bucket put 2 gals. cold water plus 8 tbls lye. Dissolve lye in water. Let stand ½ hour, then add olives. Place weight on top of olives. Let stand 24 hours.

DAY #2 Drain olives, wash well. In bucket put 2 gal. water, plus 4 tbls. lye for each bucket. Add olives and let stand 48 hours.

DAY #4 Drain olives, wash well. In bucket put 2 gal. water, plus 4 tbls. canning salt (plain salt) for each bucket. Add olives and let stand 24 hours.

DAY #5 Drain olives, wash well. In bucket put 2 gal. water plus 18 tbls. salt for each bucket. (18 tbls. = 1 cup + 2 tbls.) Let stand 24 hours.

DAY # 6 Drain olives, wash well. In bucket put 2 gal. water plus 8 tbls. salt per bucket. Let stand 24 hours.

DAY #7 Drain olives, wash well. In bucket put 2 gal. water plus 10 tbls. salt. Leave for 24 hours.

DAY #8 Same as Day # 7. 10 tbls. salt

DAY #9 Drain olives, wash well. In each bucket put 2 gal. water plus ½ cup salt and 4 tbls. white vinegar. Let stand 3 to 4 days. Can stand one week before canning. Rinse olives before canning.

TO CAN Sterilize quart jars, heat lids. Pack olives into hot jars, add a clove of garlic to each jar. Boil one gal. water with ½ cup canning salt. Fill each filled jar of olives with this liquid. Leave ½ inch air space. Process in canner one hour, medium boil. i.e. Cover jars with water, and tighten lids tight before canning. Let cool out of draft. Do not tighten lids while jars are cooling.

NOTE: VINEGAR SHOULD BE AT LEAST 5% ACIDITY
16 tbls = 1 cup, 8 tbls = 1/2 , 4 tbls = ¼ cup