Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Home-made olive taste test

For those of you that have been reading the blog for awhile, you may remember that I decided to brine my own olives. I picked olives from a neighbor's tree and followed directions I found on the internet. Here's the original post if you care to read it, the olive part along with a promising photo are near the middle/bottom.

How did it go??

Terrible. Yuck. Awful.

I ended up making 5 jars total. 3 of the 5 had mold on the tops, so they were out straight away. I tried one from one of the non-moldy jars and it tasted like salty poison. Poison-y taste aside (perhaps they needed more curing) the salt is so overwhelming that you can't even begin to taste anything remotely olive-like. I think I'm going to find some local folks who have had success making olives before and find out what went wrong. As a side note, my neighbor that tried this experiment at the same time had similar results.

It's disappointing, but at least I didn't NEED these olives. It's always best to practice when you can afford to fail.

Today is day 8 on the Muscovy eggs in the incubator. Tonight I will be candling them to check for fertility. I will do my best to get pictures of anything I see and post them soon.


Chiot's Run said...

That's too bad. I buy my olives at the local middle eastern store. They're pretty briny, but delicious in small quantities. I don't think growing olives is feasible here in NE Ohio (at least not without a lot of effort).

Kory said...

the kimchi I made had mixed results too, one jar ended up moldy and the other was a bit more potent than I could deal with.

better luck next time.

Chloe said...

Some of the olives we did are coming along nicely now, but it took a long time. My friend Elizabth had major success with hers and they were done much faster. I think this year we should all pool information and make a killer batch.