"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > General Cooking
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-29-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
Jarred Olives - How Long In Fridge?

How long do you feel jarred olives safely last in the fridge once opened, & do you do anything special to ensure or extend that refrigerated shelf life?

When I open a jar of roasted red peppers, I always top the jar off with vinegar every time I remove some, & have found this extends the shelf life considerably. I've never tried this with olives, but was wondering if it was worth it.I really like different kinds of olives - everything from the regular pimiento-stuffed & California blacks, to the oil-cured & brine-cured European types. All too often though, I end up with multiple opened jars of olives in the fridge, & can never tell if they're still "good" or not. Of course, if the liquid shows any murkiness or milkiness or there's any other obvious signs of possible spoilage, out they go.I opened up a large jar of "salad olives" the other day, which are just small green pimiento-stuffed olives that were damaged in process, so are sold cheaper than the whole-stuffed ones. I find them economical to add to salads & recipes where I'd be chopping them anyway. Anyway, I noticed that about an inch of the olives are now completely uncovered by the jar liquid. Should I top this up with vinegar so that they're covered? Does it make a difference with olives?

So I guess the gist of all this is: how long do you feel olives last opened in the fridge, & do you add anything to the jar to prolong the shelf life?

__________________

BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston and Cape Cod
Posts: 10,062
A scary amount of time. I have had green stuffed martini olives for years, probably. You are right that you need to keep the acidified.
__________________

jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 03:52 PM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 45,983
Quote:
Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
...When I open a jar of roasted red peppers, I always top the jar off with vinegar every time I remove some, & have found this extends the shelf life considerably...
I always buy the smallest jar of roasted red peppers because they spoil so quickly. I've never added vinegar to the jar, though. The peppers I buy aren't packed in vinegar. Vinegar would change the taste considerably.

I also find that olives last a long time.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:02 PM   #4
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
I agree that the vinegar does change the flavor of the peppers, but since I use them primarily in salads or just as a garnish to broiled fish or chicken, it's not that bad, & a quick rinse under cold water reduces the vinegar taste even further.

It does really, really increase the fridge shelf life though.
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:08 PM   #5
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 45,983
Quote:
Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
I agree that the vinegar does change the flavor of the peppers, but since I use them primarily in salads or just as a garnish to broiled fish or chicken, it's not that bad, & a quick rinse under cold water reduces the vinegar taste even further.

It does really, really increase the fridge shelf life though.

I'll give it a try. Thanks.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:16 PM   #6
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
Oh, & I don't drain the jar & replace it all with vinegar. All I do is every time I remove a pepper from the jar, I top the liquid up to cover the contents with vinegar (usually just plain white vinegar).
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:22 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston and Cape Cod
Posts: 10,062
If you don't use vinegar, you can use citric acid, which doesn't affecte the taste as much.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:23 PM   #8
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA,Florida
Posts: 3,835
If you have olives that you want to use up, a good way is a sandwich. Spread softened cream cheese on a slice of bread and line olives (pitted of course) on edge. Roll starting with olive side. Place seam side down and cover with plastic wrap til needed. Slice into pinwheels. Easy and delicious.
__________________
Be an organ donor; give your heart to Jesus.
Exercise daily; walk with the Lord.
licia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:56 PM   #9
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
Licia - my mom used to make olive & cream cheese sandwiches for me to take to school as a kid & I LOVED them (even though none of the other woefully gastronomically uninformed kids ever offered to trade with me). No pinwheels though - just regular sandwich style.
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 04:56 PM   #10
Senior Cook
 
Hopz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Utah, near Park City
Posts: 272
I have kept olives for a long time.
When you do want to use them, soak one or two on a thoothpick, in a good quality gin or vodka. Then pour over ice and drink. I think you will find that the olives thusly marinated will taste just fine. ;)
__________________
Favorite Quote: "Time Flies Like an Arrow - Fruit Flies Like a Banana"
Groucho Marx
Hopz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 05:03 PM   #11
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
And then of course you can blame the "trots" you might get from overkept olives to the vodka &/or gin, right? LOL!!!!
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 05:18 PM   #12
Chef Extraordinaire
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston and Cape Cod
Posts: 10,062
Plus you don't notice the musty taste of decaying olives that much when marinated like that!
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 05:22 PM   #13
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Culpeper, VA
Posts: 5,803
I have to admit that I do keep an indelible marker by the fridge & date nearly everything I open, but that only means something if I know their shelf life - lol!!
BreezyCooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 06:16 PM   #14
Master Chef
 
Constance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Southern Illiniois
Posts: 8,175
I buy big jars at Sam's for such a good price I can afford to throw some away, if need be, but they do last a LONG time. The jar I have in there now has been opened a year, I'm sure.
That's the green, brined ones.
I've never been sure about the canned black ones, so never kept them longer than a week or so.
I just looked this up...see what you all think:

http://www.lindsayolives.com/olives101/curing.html
__________________
We get by with a little help from our friends
Constance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-29-2006, 11:47 PM   #15
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,970
I, personally, think you can tell when olives get bad pretty easily. They last a long, long time in the fridge. To keep them the longest possible time, make sure you use a clean fork or spoon to take them out of the jar, and if it is a huge jar, wipe the inside of the lid and the rim of the jar with a paper napkin every once in awhile. We love olives so much I've rarely thrown a jar out. But then, I'd never consider buying a gallon jar (there are just two of us!). Small jars have lasted a month or more.
__________________

Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:01 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×