Curing the wedding olives

We purchased 8 young olive trees to plant in our yard and to use as decoration at our wedding a few months ago.  Astonishingly, there were a few straglers left on the trees so we are taking our best shot at curing them for eating.  We want to go the no-lye route so we found a reciepe that looks easy to keep on top of. The process is as follows;picture-5
Wash the olives and place in a bowl or pan.
Cover with cold, clean water and soak for 2 weeks, changing the water every day.
After 2 weeks, taste.  If the olives are still bitter to the taste after 2 weeks, continue to soak for up to 4 more weeks testing every few days.
Once they are no longer bitter to the tase, drain off the water and leave out overnight on a paper towel to dry.
The next day, place the olives in a pot and cover with clean water.  Add 2 cups salt, 2 bay leaves and a handfull of peppercorns.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the entire mixture into a sterilized canning jar and seal.  Let this sit for 7 days in a cool, dark place.
After this, you can eat the olives as they are or marinate them in oil and other spices or flavorings.  Yummy:)picture-21

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