Olives, Kicked-Up a Notch!

Today, I’m not giving you a recipe.

Nope. I’m just giving you an idea. Inspiration!

And no, don’t get your hopes all high: we’re not going to be making olives from scratch. While this is an avenue that I truly want to explore, sadly, this project is gonna have to wait until olives are in season again. Or well, at least until they are available at the market.

In the meantime, we’re going to take “finished” olives and kick them up a notch!

Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

If you are paleo, chances are you are eating A LOT of olives. I know I do, anyway. I rarely go a full day without eating at least a few olives, and as much as I LOVE olives (they were in fact one of the major high points that helped me make the switch to paleo) sometimes, I like to vary a bit, you know.

So once in a while, I would treat myself to a jar of beautiful gourmet olives, delicately infused with the fragrance of a few fancy ingredients and other aromatics that have been carefully selected and added to the jars.

But gourmet olives, they tend to cost a fortune, you see?

Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

So I decided that I would try my hand at making my own. Surely, it couldn’t be that complicated, now, could it? I usually buy my olives in great big containers like these ones, which I then transfer to smaller jars anyway.

Surely adding a few more ingredients while doing that transfer wouldn’t make the process that much more complicated.

Making Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

So I gathered a few simple ingredients and aromatics.

I ended up using pickling spices, whole peppercorns, dried chili peppers, fresh garlic, lemon, lime and a few sprigs of fresh herbs, namely rosemary and lemon thyme.

Making Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 To one of the jars, I added a large, sliced-up clove of garlic, a few slices of lemon, a couple of sprigs fresh rosemary and a few dried chili peppers.

Making Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

 Another jar got filled with slices of both lemon and lime, a few sprigs of fresh lemon thyme and about a tablespoon of pickling spices

Making Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

And this last one got fresh rosemary, plenty of dried chili peppers, a generous pinch of whole peppercorns and about a teaspoon of pickling spices. HA! That one was my favorite.

After spending a couple of weeks in that jar, the olives got a real nice kick to them!

Making Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

After you added all your aromatics, fill the jars with your preferred olives (it might be a good idea to rinse them first) and top with a brine solution made of 1 tsp of salt for every cup of water. Simply mix the salt and water until the salt is completely diluted.

If you want, you can also add a splash of your favorite vinegar directly into the jars. Red Wine Vinegar works beautifully well with Black Olives, while White Balsamic, or White Wine Vinegar pairs nicely with the green variety.

Gourmet Olives | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Close the jars, leave them on the counter to rest for a day and then send them to the fridge.

Give them a couple of weeks in the ice box for flavors to fully develop and enjoy!

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  1. Cindy near Fruita, CO says

    Wow, these look so elegant, will make nice gifts for foodie friends. Your step by step photos are nicely done. Thank you for these suggestions.

  2. says

    This is a great idea Sonia and I’m definitely going to try making the spicy ones (with tons of chili peppers!)

    PS I think there’s a typo on the label of the Green Olives jar. It says “Olives Verte” but I think it should be “Olives Vertes”. Am I right? :)

    • says

      You are so right indeed! And what an unbelievably keen eye you have my dear friend! I bought SEVERAL jars of these olives in my life and never even noticed that!

      I think I’ll do them a favor and let them know!

      Oh, and I agree about the TONS of chili peppers. Next batch I make, I’ll be adding more. WAY MORE! :)

  3. says

    What a great idea! I too LOVE olives. I can’t believe I have never thought to add my own flavor……I do it with pickles, why not olives! Thanks!

  4. says

    I just love these simple, aromatic ideas for sprucing up olives. The combination of rosemary, lemon and garlic is transporting me to a very happy place :0). ‘Olives from scratch’ – lol – I’m actually greatly relieved. My life motto tends to be the simpler the better ;-).

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