Penna Olives Curing Part One #GourmetOlives

Penna Olives

I am thrilled to be partnering with Penna Great Olives to learn the old world art of curing olives. Penna Gourmet Foods is a grower, packer and processor of gourmet olives. I love, love, love olives but buying the fancy shmancy olives is quite expensive. I have gone to an olive bar and was shocked at how much my purchase was. Penna Gourmet Foods incorporates old processes improved upon and made safe by modern microbiology.  Penna Gourmet Foods has been in business since 1979

Penna Olives

Penna Gourmet Foods provides fresh olives to cure at home for the people who enjoy the art of home processing and canning.  Umm that is me totally.  I dream of moving West and having my own olive trees along with grapevines for making wine and jarring my olives.  I received my fresh olives and was ready to begin the process of curing them..  I went to their recipe tab to get an idea of how I want to add the flavor after the curing process.

Part One Curing Olives.

  • Rinse them
Go through the olives one by one to make sure there are no bad ones with little critters living in them.

Rinsing Olives

 Once they are rinsed it is time to give them a little bit of a crack.  This lets  the bitterness in the olives seep out into the water.It will disappear via osmosis.  You can read more about the technical process and check out the olives for sale at Great Olives.
  • Crack Them
Cracking Olives for Soaking

  • Place in water covered for at least ten days.  Changing the water Every Day.

My attempt at cracking needs some practice.  I decided to use a knife and make a slit in each olive.  Check out my big FAIL coming soon on Video.

 Penna Gourmet Foods site at offers recipes for home curing techniques , including the wonderful Mediterranean Partida Style as well as the Lye Process Penna Gourmet Foods Fresh Olives are available starting around the middle of September (weather permitting) 

I am excited to make a couple different batches!  Spicy, Hot, stuffed is the way to go!  I will be posting more posts outlying the brining process soon.
Be sure to Visit Penna Great Olives over on Facebook for up to the minute information.
 This sponsorship is brought to you by Penna Gourmet Foods who we have partnered with for this promotion.
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April ran away from Suburbia to live life more sustainably with her husband. The kids are all grown but return quite often. She is a little city mixed in with Martha Stewart like smarts. She is an ex IT downsized Corporate gal. Follow her as she learns all the Green Acres chores on her 40 acre farm while introducing her readers to products she believes in.

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