Bob’s Home-Cured Green Olives

My Husband and I were photographing in Corning California at Lucero Olive Oil’s orchards this fall. Bob Crane, the owner makes these incredible brined olives and he shared some with me. When I asked if I could pick and take some olives home to try myself neither one of us knew he would have to ship them to me twice.  Who knew that when you soak the olives in lye you can’t use a metal pot.

Photography by Angie Norwood Browne


3 gallons of fresh green olives

8 oz. lye ( can be found at the hardware store near drain cleaners)

3/4 c. salt

One 3 gallon Crock filled with water

For each jar:

2 cloves garlic

2 dried chiles

1/4 t. basil

1/8 t. garlic powder

1/8 t. caynne


1/4 c. plus 2 T. salt and 2 quarts water

Add lye and salt to water and stir to dissolve. Be careful not to get any on skin as it can burn. Add the olives. Keep olives under water by placing a small towel on top of them in the water. Leave for 48 hours. The water should turn very dark, almost black. Pour off lye solution. Cover with fresh water 3 times a day for 4 days or until water is clear and the soapy taste is gone. Drain, and discard bruised and soft olives. Pack each jar with spices and pack olives in. Then fill each jar with brine. Keep the olives in refrigerator.  They are good after 5 days but get better with time. They will keep for 3 months.

Recipe Bob Crane


About anbphoto

I never thought I'd start a blog because I'm not a writer. I am a Southern Catholic girl, a commercial food Photographer and an avid gardener. I have always wanted to journal my garden; growing food (fruit, herbs and vegetables), photographing ingredients from earth to plate and sharing the recipes I love. Someone suggested that I forget about all the writing and simply share my photographs and recipes. Perfect! My blog is an exploration of home gardening and cooking, so here is a little history of me and how "Stray Cats and Blackberries" came about. Born and raised in Alabama, my love for food lies in Southern cuisine. I learned early on that life is a party revolving around friends and family sharing food and wine. Backyard Summer bbqs, black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day or ham and chocolate on Easter are just a few favorite Southern traditions I love sharing. I became fascinated with gardening when my husband and I bought our first house. I am a mother, a wife and someone who appreciates the little treasures and traditions in life. My garden started as an empty parking lot behind a Mom & Pop grocery store that my husband and I bought and renovated into a photography studio. While my husband put on his carpenter pants I put on my gardening gloves. Thirteen dumpsters at three tons each and nearly three years later I had a plantable space to sew seeds. I have been a food photographer and gardener for over 20 years and love the idea of merging my passions by growing food, photographing my harvest and sharing recipes with you. Enjoy

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