Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Home cured olives can convert almost anyone to an olive lover. It turned me. And then you can marinate them for even more deliciousness.
Curing olives in spring? Yep. The best oil-cured black olives come from olives that are very ripe. If you can get your hands on ripe black olives, this is just about the easiest cure there is.
If you run into fresh olives and want to cure them yourself, here's some basic intructions on brine-curing, an incredibly simple method that anyone can do.
Lye. Isn’t that drain cleaner? Yes, but it is also one of the best ways to cure green olives. A good lye cured olive, I have discovered, is uniquely smooth and luscious in a way that brine or water-cured olives can never be.