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Q: olives not in glass ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: olives not in glass
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: roper111-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 21 Apr 2004 06:15 PDT
Expires: 21 May 2004 06:15 PDT
Question ID: 333639
why aren't black olives packed in glass jars insted of cans?
Subject: Re: olives not in glass
Answered By: emjay-ga on 21 Apr 2004 07:24 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi roper111,

What a great question! Another example of something that just "is"
until we think to question.

Despite the fact that your question appears on email forwards like
"The Authoritative Unanswerable Questions"
< >, there
really is a solid explanation. Margo Lloyd of Bell Carter Foods,
quoted in the Cincinatti Enquirer, states it succinctly:

?Black olives, technically known as black ripe olives, come in a can
because we actually cook them in the can. Olives go in, a brine or
juice is added, cans are sealed and they then go into a continuous
cooker. Glass simply can't hold up to the intensity of the cooking

Green olives, meanwhile, are processed differently ? they're
pasteurized but not cooked, then put in jars with brine added."

"Green olives in jars for a good reason" by Jim Knippenberg 
< >

For further evidence that you're not the first to question this
practice, check out this thread on, where members engage
in speculation on this very topic:
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Finally, you may enjoy this olive info clearinghouse:

An ode to olives - olive lovers unite
< >

I used the following search combinations to answer your question:
olives jar versus can
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Please let me know if you require clarification. All the best!

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