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Old 09-17-2017, 6:59 PM
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Default Small Scale Olive Oil Production

Anyone raising olives for oil? I'd be interested in your production details.

I have a small grove of about a dozen trees, Arbequina and Koronieki. High oil content, but very small olives. As they are maturing, I'd like to start processing them for oil, but can't spend $5,000 for equipment.

I have done some experimenting, like grinding a small quantity in a blender. Smoked it. A cherry stoner I bought works well to remove the pits before blending, but the Koroniekis are so small they pass right through.

I am thinking a heavy-duty grinder from Cabelas would take care of that, then malaxing with an ice cream maker. Final pressing with a HF hydraulic benchtop press.

Anyone doing it? Thoughts?
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Any local commercial operations? I know many of the small wineries around here pay to play with a local producer. Wasn't super expensive.
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Here's an interesting article on DIY olive oil - they use a heavy duty garbage disposal to grind the olives!

https://ohhshop.com/blog/greenies/ou...ost-breakdown/
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Any local commercial operations? I know many of the small wineries around here pay to play with a local producer. Wasn't super expensive.
There are several commercial producers here. The only one I know of that will do small batches requires a minimum quantity of 1 ton. I'm doing well to fill a 5 gallon bucket at this point.


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Here's an interesting article on DIY olive oil - they use a heavy duty garbage disposal to grind the olives!

https://ohhshop.com/blog/greenies/ou...ost-breakdown/
Good info, thank you.
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You might do some research around CalTech's olive oil production. They harvest their trees on-campus once a year and sell at-cost as sort of a neat boutique oil/ science project. Pretty neat.....I bet there is someone (or a few) who would be happy to discuss techniques. The thing I've read about that is an issue raising totally organic / 'au natural' is parasites.

http://olives.caltech.edu/
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Check the yield to make sure the effort is worth the payout.
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5 gallon bucket of olives give ~32 ounces oil depending on condition and variety.
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Perhaps you might want to cure them and just eat them as gourmet olives.
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Buy it at Costco. Put olives on Pizza. (With sausage) What's your time worth?
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Buy it at Costco. Put olives on Pizza. (With sausage) What's your time worth?
I know, right?

Some things are just not worth the effort.
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Here's an interesting article on DIY olive oil - they use a heavy duty garbage disposal to grind the olives!

https://ohhshop.com/blog/greenies/ou...ost-breakdown/
Going down this rabbit hole, received a 1HP garbage disposal today and the 12-ton shop press will arrive Wednesday. I already had a spare stainless sink that the disposer is now mounted on and the whole contraption is sitting on some sawhorses.

The plan is to harvest when ready, grind using the disposal, malaxate the mash using the wife's KitchenAid and dough hook, press the mash using cheesecloth to contain it, then filter and bottle using coffee filters. We'll see how it goes.

To those asking 'what's your time worth', etc., My goal here is not trying to save a buck. My goal is to learn the skills and processes in order to be able to provide oil using the resources I have, i.e., olive trees. They just require a little water and produce year after year.

The varieties I grow, Arbequina and Koroneiki are small olives and not really suited for table olive production, but have a high oil yield. Like I said, we'll see how it goes.

I also reload, cast bullets, etc., but the goal isn't saving money.
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Perhaps you might want to cure them and just eat them as gourmet olives.
I have actually done that, they are quite good. Unfortunately, they are also very small and mostly pit.
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You might contact your local Grainge (no, not Graingers) and see if they have any leads. Sometimes there are co-ops set up for stuff like that.
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5 Gal ? Seems like you can do it by hand. Mortar & pestle.
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5 Gal ? Seems like you can do it by hand. Mortar & pestle.
Certainly possible. It has been done for millennia. I'm just looking to speed up the process a bit at a minimal cash outlay.

I can buy a turn-key hobby milling setup for $3-4K, but am more comfortable at $3-4 hundred. Looking good so far.
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when you get it going, and want a few more variety's let me know i have 30 acres of olives, you're more than welcome to how ever many you want. you have to knock them yourself, ha ha.
on average it takes 80 five gallon buckets to make a ton.
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when you get it going, and want a few more variety's let me know i have 30 acres of olives, you're more than welcome to how ever many you want. you have to knock them yourself, ha ha.
on average it takes 80 five gallon buckets to make a ton.
Thanks for that, we should talk about it.
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when ever your ready let me know i have a couple thousand trees.
some variety's for canning and oil
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Neat thread. The house we bought has 3 olive trees but I don't know what kind they are and they look ready to harvest. How can I tell what kind they are and how best to process them?
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Neat thread. The house we bought has 3 olive trees but I don't know what kind they are and they look ready to harvest. How can I tell what kind they are and how best to process them?
Here is a good visual reference of varieties, although many look the same LOL.

http://cesonoma.ucdavis.edu/files/27182.pdf

And a decent writeup on curing/brining them.

https://honest-food.net/how-to-cure-green-olives/

I am all set to process mine for oil, just waiting for them to ripen a bit more.
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Friends have 20 acres of olives up in Loma Rica.

In 1990, it did not make much $$$.

Now, with the boutique crowd buying GMO free water and organic olive oil for $25/pint, the 20 acres is now an easy cash crop



If you learn how to process in volume, you can make some serious $$$ via the farmers markets and people who want to feel good about locally sourced GMO free organic EVoO
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Here is a good visual reference of varieties, although many look the same LOL.

http://cesonoma.ucdavis.edu/files/27182.pdf

And a decent writeup on curing/brining them.

https://honest-food.net/how-to-cure-green-olives/

I am all set to process mine for oil, just waiting for them to ripen a bit more.
I can't tell which kind they are, but does it really matter when it comes to actually making olives? Our attempt last year was similar to that recipe but way too salty. A few pictures attached if anyone can ID the olive type.
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