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Where can I get olives to cure?

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ksf2c Oct 17, 2007 11:00 AM

After reading the NYTimes article today about curing olives, I am dying to try it. Does anyone know where I can get olives in Boston?

  1. Allstonian Oct 17, 2007 11:14 AM

    I beleive I saw fresh green olives at Russo's the last time I was there, but that was several weeks ago.

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      chowfamily Oct 17, 2007 02:42 PM

      There is a great spot on Hancock Street in Quincy with many varieties of cured olives.
      I have resisted for all the obvious reasons, but might have to explore further.

      Sorry this response was posted in the wrong spot.

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      davebough Oct 17, 2007 11:36 AM

      I had them shipped from California to Michigan last year and they were in fine shape.
      http://www.greatolives.com/
      dave

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        chowfamily Oct 17, 2007 11:46 AM

        I am similarly intrigued, but wondered if this was information best used in Spain or other olive producing countries. Has anyone tried this, or are we better off with local providers who supply olives already cured?

        1. StriperGuy Oct 17, 2007 12:11 PM

          Arax in Watertown often has them as do green grocers in the north end. I tried home curing once and even after 2 months in brine they were not particularly tasty. What's your secret davebough?

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            ksf2c Oct 17, 2007 12:50 PM

            In the NYTimes article they said that homecured olives take 6 months to cure.

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              Pia Oct 17, 2007 12:58 PM

              The other Watertown stores on the same block or two, Massis and Sevan, sometimes have them too.

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                hoplover Oct 17, 2007 02:25 PM

                I have also bought them at Arax in Watertown and I tried making them myself. I was way too impatient to let them cure as long as you need to. I see many older women in Arax squeezing lemon juice on them and eating them raw.

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              bear Oct 17, 2007 03:57 PM

              I'm pretty certain that the Fresh Pond Whole Foods had them last week. I know I saw them somewhere, and am pretty sure it was there.

              1. trufflehound Oct 17, 2007 06:29 PM

                I got thyem at Russo's last year. I've gotten them at S and s before. The green ones take longer than the darker ones(riper). Soak them in salted water a few days. Then pack them with lemon, brine, vinegar and garlic. Add veges if you wish.
                I'm not crazy about them. i used to make them for my uncle who loved them.

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                  vejchef Oct 18, 2007 06:11 PM

                  Whole Foods at Fresh Pond had some fresh green olives today.

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