Well, not actually...but in my head I was...
We tested our olives yesterday and they are ready!
This is the timeline in the life of the olives.
We recieved them in May. They spent 3 months in brine.
We tested them for bitterness a month ago. They were 90% of the way there so we transfered them to the oil, herb and water solution.
Yesterday we finally decided they were good enough for our garden salad.
Some bottles seem to be better than others, but the ones we used last night had a wonderful garlic and rosemary flavour. We put the ones that needed more time to the back and started with the perfect ones.
We have 13kg's of olives to work through now before next autumn. I think I am going to experiment with a few recipes:
And of course we eat them for snacks and in salads. Anyone else got some recipes to recommend?