View Full Version : Does Anyone make their own oilve oil
04-03-2009, 10:24 AM
If so can you let me know what the process is. I am thinking of buying an olive tree in order to eat fresh raw olives but I would love to be able to take my extra fruit and turn it into oil for (un)cooking:D.
04-04-2009, 06:43 AM
Do you really think an Olive Tree will grow in Memphis? I don't think so, I'm from a town near Nashville and it got pretty cold there. Although they have all sorts of Hybrids now, who knows?
I also think it sounds Good to think about making your own Olive Oil. But someone has already invented the Wheel and they have been doing it for years, so I just In Joy what they produce.
In So. California we have Olives lying on the sidewalk where the owners don't sweep them up. Olives are FREE and no one wants to take them. Now they are making "HE" Olive Trees. That's a Tenn. saying, meaning they don't produce Fruit.
But I'm not one to "Crush" your Dream nor your Olives.........
04-04-2009, 07:40 AM
spicyfull..you are such a hoot. hahahahaha
I have sooooooooooo much else to do so I let the makers make it and i buy it.
In ideal world, we have all the time to plant and grow and harvest and make and create ......not now for me.
Love to pick up the olives on the street..woohooo. No wonder you so happy.
04-04-2009, 07:46 AM
you use an olive press. the ones I have seen are very large. (I went on an olive oil tasting and tour in the napa valley - highly recommended www.roundpond.com) there are olive oil processing places around here that do batches for people who don't have their own press. good luck!!!
04-04-2009, 02:46 PM
they had an episode of the naked archeologist. he got to see how olive oil was made back in the old days, which i thought was AWESOME!... they basically took a big stone wheel & smushed the oil out of the olives & ground the olives into a paste kinda thing at the same time.. i don't know how the base of the thingy was made, but it was either stone or like cob.. so i bet you could build an old fashioned one pretty inexpensively.
alternatively, i bet you could use a wine press.. or if you really wanted to be inexpensive... get a bucket, weld on a spout and smush the olives with your tootsies :D your olive oil may indeed taste funny, but your feet would feel fabulous. :D (i was just teasing about that last part)
EDIT: I found this, it may be of use to you. :D http://www.oliveoilsource.com/pressesmodel5.htm and http://www.cooking-gadgets.com/diy-olive-oil-press/
04-04-2009, 07:22 PM
Just last year I visited my aunt and oncle in Florance Italy. We they live in this amazing very old appartment which is on a Olive Vinyard. Sooo beautiful. At the time they were harvesting the olives (they make the olive oil there too). I tried one of the raw olives of the tree ! BLLLLAGGH~ it was bitter I mean super bitter like no way i can swollow this swish some water around in your mouth bad. I actually didn't see them making olive oil. and I have no idea how to but, I thought you might like to know not to try a raw olive before its been pickled or made in to olive oil.
But get an olive tree anyway get more than one, they are really beautiful. And by the time the olives are ready for picking you probably figured out how to press your on olive oil.
04-05-2009, 11:46 AM
usually olives have to be "cured" in some way before they can be eaten, either cured in salt or naturally sun-dried. i dont think you can really eat them right off the tree...
04-06-2009, 02:01 PM
Olives are really really bitter in their uncured state... You wouldn't like them at all!
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