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What's New in Your Pantry? Cryo-pac olives!


From Alyce, in high-altitude Colorado:

These weren't even in my pantry a month ago, much less ten years ago, but I saw them at Trader Joe's and they're a keeper!

[Lydia's notes] Do you have cryo-pac olives in your pantry? I would stick around to read your replies, but I'm running off to Trader Joe's to track these down for my own pantry. Of course, I keep and cook with lots of olives, but these will last for months without refrigeration as long as the package is not opened. I'm already getting ideas. Are you? How do you use olives in your cooking? Here are some recipes that include olives:

Olive tapenade, from The Perfect Pantry
Chicken with preserved lemon tagine, from The Perfect Pantry
Fennel, pear and olive salad, from The Perfect Pantry
Roasted cauliflower slices with kalamata olives, red pepper, capers, and lemon, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Pasta salad with tomatoes, kalamata olives and toasted pine nuts, from The Lemon Bowl

Ready to join in the fun on Saturdays? Here's how to play


  1. Find something in your pantry, fridge or freezer, cupboards, or kitchen that wasn't there 10 years ago. Maybe it's a spice or condiment you use now that you didn't know existed back then. Maybe it's a new version of something you've always had (a different brand of soy sauce or olive oil?). Or, maybe it's a tool or utensil that's essential to the way you cook today. Maybe it's something you discovered here on The Perfect Pantry! If you haven't had your own kitchen for 10 years, find something you have now that you didn't have a year ago.
  2. Snap a photo, quick and easy with your smartphone! 
  3. Email the photo to me: lydia@theperfectpantry.com.
  4. Include your name, and where your pantry is located (city, or state, or country).
  5. Make sure to say what the pantry item is (especially if your photo has more than one thing in it), and include a sentence or two about why it's in your pantry.

You may send as many photos as you like, whenever you like. Please send each photo in its own email (easy to do from your smartphone), with your name on each one. Send one photo, ten photos, or more. I have tons of things in my pantry now that weren't there 10 years ago.

***You may send any item, food or nonfood, from your pantry/kitchen, and if you send a photo of a food ingredient I don't have, I will try to get it and create a recipe with it. 

I'm looking forward to sharing your photos, so snap a shot and email to me:



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Ha! I was going to send you a picture of this same item that I got at TJs a few weeks ago. The price was right - $1.79 I think - and I love having olives on hand. Even as a dietitian nutritionist I was a bit shocked that the sodium was over 500mg for 3 olives but as long as you don't go crazy...

Definitely will look for them at Trader Joe's!

I get cryo-pack olives from my Middle-Eastern market. Delicious, a bargain, and always at hand! What could be better? I will get some from Trader Joe's for European dinners. They look and sound wonderful.

I have not tried these yet, but I guess I will have to. We love olives in all sorts of ways, both as an ingredient in a dish and plain as a nosh or a nibble.

I need to update my pantry badly, thanks for reminding me

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