Can I eat olive this?
November 20, 2019 10:12 AM   Subscribe

Left a 3/4-full Costco jar of kalamata olives out, open on the counter, all night. Still safe?

House is kept at 60 degrees overnight. My instinct is to say yes because they’re cured and in brine, but wanted a second opinion.
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I'd eat them. No problem.
posted by RedEmma at 10:13 AM on November 20, 2019 [3 favorites]


Same instinct. That's what the brine is for, to preserve them without refrigeration.
posted by LizardBreath at 10:13 AM on November 20, 2019 [14 favorites]


Sure. You can enjoy them with the cheese you left out overnight as well.
posted by humboldt32 at 10:15 AM on November 20, 2019 [20 favorites]


eat them
posted by mumimor at 10:17 AM on November 20, 2019


Olive them.
posted by artdrectr at 10:20 AM on November 20, 2019 [14 favorites]


If olives are covered in brine, they don't need to be refrigerated at all.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:30 AM on November 20, 2019


No need to kalamata the whole thing off.

They're stored in brine and fine to eat.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 10:35 AM on November 20, 2019 [10 favorites]


We don't even refrigerate ours.
posted by DarlingBri at 11:25 AM on November 20, 2019


Yes. Olives are a preserved food, and are often sold loose and unrefrigerated. They will develop a stronger and more complex flavour once exposed to air, in my experience, and that happens faster at room temperature. There's no risk to leaving a jar overnight in a cool room.
posted by howfar at 12:11 PM on November 20, 2019


Brine means it's fine.
posted by RolandOfEld at 12:37 PM on November 20, 2019 [1 favorite]


Of course. Could leave it out for several months, if you wish.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 1:14 PM on November 20, 2019


Olives come from a Mediterranean region where the temperature is regularly above 60F and eaten without refrigeration so I’d say fine to eat.
posted by EatMyHat at 1:30 PM on November 20, 2019


I've done this exact thing with those exact olives and have been eating them for a couple months since then with no ill effects. Also, my house would have been around 80 all night.
posted by LadyOscar at 9:56 PM on November 20, 2019


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