Olives in a Bag

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2013 • all rights reserved

Like olives? These small packets are perfect for a quick and easy snack! No refrigeration needed and no wasted space with large packaging.

Traveling in other countries and then cruising Mexico and Central America, one of our favorite snacks was a little bag of olives.  But they can be hard to find in the US.

In many other countries, olives — particularly green olives — are most often sold in these little packages.  Since we’d eat a single packet at a sitting, I never had to worry about refrigerating leftovers, which is a huge benefit in my estimation.  I never really liked glass jars of olives as they can break (they seem to be thinner glass than pickle jars and some others) and I’ve had bad luck with the lids leaking . . . meaning that I had to store them in a different container and the glass jar was relatively large in the trash.

I almost always had some stashed in our snack bin (where anyone is welcome to take anything anytime without having to ask), and we’d frequently take a package along on a hike.  They were also a frequent treat at happy hour, with one package being just about right for two people.

A years ago, our local grocery store briefly had olive pouches, then after a few months switched to plastic “cups” of olives that took up a lot more space per serving. While these are good as “on the go” snacks, they simply take up too much space for me to keep very many on hand.

Then I discovered that I could buy olives in pouches on Amazon. These have the benefit of being even lighter weight as they are packed without juice. They come in several varieties, but alas no pimentos in the green olives!

They worked out really well as we cruised the Bahamas over the summer — for happy hour, a snack during or after hiking and for salads and cooking (particularly the Kalamatas in pasta and on pizza).

They are more expensive per ounce than buying cans of olives in the local grocery (but less than any olives we saw in the Bahamas) but they fall in the category of “affordable treat” for us.

See all varieties here (the 12-packs are the lowest cost per pouch):

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  1. Mary E Dixon on Facebook says:

    Will look for them. Can also buy them on Amazon.

  2. This has nothing to do with olives but I just made a startling discovery and wanted to pass it on! We are in the Rio Dulce and of course we do dishes by hand. I have had trouble finding good dish detergent…no Joy or Dawn available here. I found a local brand that seemed good, but a small sink full of water required four squirts of detergent and the suds didn’t last very long. For some reason, this morning instead of filling the sink partway with water and squirting in the detergent, I just gave my sponge a single squirt. To my amazement, that one spongeful of detergent washed all the breakfast dishes, including the pot I cooked the oatmeal in, and still had lots of suds left. I will use this method from now on….it will save both dish detergent and water.

  3. Vicki Melchisedeck on Facebook says:

    I have been looking for these. Thanks

  4. Amazon has them too. Check out the customers also bought area for some great varieties. http://www.amazon.com/Mario-Camacho-Pitted-Olives-Savory/dp/B009GX9TQI/?tag=theboagal0a-20

  5. Yes, it is a nice convenience but is the packaging recyclable? If not, I have strong objections to them. Cans and glass jars may need refrigeration after opening and may be more problematic where storage is concerned but both glass and cans are recyclable.

    • The plastic bag is recyclable, but you should be aware that the Bahamas and many other cruising grounds do not have any recycling so it really doesn’t matter what material your container is — it will just go in “trash.”

  6. Why are you refrigerating olives? They are brined/pickled

  7. Yep, in nice sized rationed pouches. They are great! The little cups are good also.

  8. I have found the olive packets in the Caribbean. Are they also available in the U.S.?

  9. We used to get something similar in New Zealand. They were great to have onboard.

  10. Found these in Mexico

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