Olives offer a range of health benefits. They contain healthy fatty acids, like oleic acid, and provide worthwhile levels of zinc, vitamin e, and antioxidant phytonutrients. Olive juice provides you with the same health benefits, but it does contain a high level of sodium, as well.
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- 2Wash the olives to remove the brine. Clean the olives under running water to rinse off any brine or dirt that may be on the surface. Even though you will end up placing the olives in a salty, brine-like solution later on, it is important that you wash off any old brine to avoid contaminating the solution you use with additional salt.
- 4Place each pierced olive into a glass jar. The olives should fill the jar about halfway.
- 5Mix water, salt, and vinegar in a separate bowl. Blend the ingredients together with a spoon. The liquid should have a murky appearance. If it still seems clear, you may need to add another 1 teaspoon (4.8 grams) of salt.
- 6Pour the liquid solution into the glass jar. Do not fill the jar to the top. Instead, leave about 4 inches (10 centimeters) of empty space in between the surface of the water and the brim of the jar.
- 7Add the twig of peppermint to the jar. Push it down so that it sits beneath the surface of the water. This step is only optional, but peppermint does add a dimension of freshness to the olive juice.
- 8Seal and shake the jar. Make sure that the lid is securely held in place and will not loosen or come undone accidentally. Then, give the jar a vigorous shake to loosen the juice inside the olives and mix it with the other ingredients.
- 9Place the jar of olives in the refrigerator. The juice needs time to blend into the water and other ingredients. Leave the olives inside the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight.
- 10Shake the jar once you pull it out of the refrigerator. Shaking it again gives the ingredients one last time to mix together.
- 11Pour the liquid into a second, smaller glass jar. Strain out the olives and the sprig of mint. Set the olives on a glass or plastic cutting board and discard the mint.
- 13Drain the pressed juice into the olive juice mixture. You may need to strain the juice out by scraping or dumping your pile of crushed olives into a strainer.
- 14Seal and shake the jar of juice. Give the jar a vigorous shake to combine the new juice you added to the existing juice solution.
- 15Store your olive juice in the refrigerator until ready to use. Shake the jar before each use to make sure that none of the ingredients have settled or separated.
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