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Caroling with the award winning Fermata Town!

Posted on December 05, 2015 | 0 comments

Fermata Town a cappella group

Get festive! Enjoy the award winning a cappella group Fermata Town as they sing in the season at Salt & Olive.

Saturday, December 12th
1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

When we hosted Fermata Town last year, their caroling was a warm and wonderful crowd-pleaser. We're thrilled to bring you this gifted group once again. 

A proud member of CASA's Contemporary A Cappella League, Fermata Town's star continues to rise. They followed their win on WGBH-TV's Sing That Thing! (Small Adult Group Champion) last May with an appearance at SING! Toronto, and they've been invited to perform at the London A Cappella Festival next month. (You can help them get there by supporting their GoFundMe campaign.)

We look forward to seeing you!

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#GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, helps Women on the Rise

Posted on November 29, 2015 | 0 comments
Salt and Olive Giving Tuesday helps nonprofit On the Rise

Join us for a festive 
#GivingTuesday evening of food, wine and friendship to support On the Rise, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides women who are homeless with the community and resources they need to live safe, stable lives
 and to explore their potential.
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Salt & Olive
1160 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA

Our partner, the Harvard  Square Business Association, asks that you bring a gift of a new lined hat or gloves or travel size shampoo and conditioner — essentials that make all the difference to women as they build a new future.
For more, contact us at (857)-242-4118 or info@saltandolive.com.

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Try our favorite brining recipes

Posted on November 16, 2015 | 0 comments

To brine or not to brine? That's always the question at Thanksgiving. Brining can enhance both taste and texture by using either seasoning or salted/flavored water to increase moisture in your bird. Properly done, it can add a delicious dimension to your holiday dinner.

Here are some of our favorite recipes. Let us know if you give one a go. Better yet, post or Tweet a pic! 


Maple Chipotle Dry Brine 
6 star anise pods
1 tbsp. thyme leaf
¼ c. maple sugar (or 3 tbsp. brown sugar)
1 tbsp. chipotle powder
½ c. kosher salt

Blend ingredients together in food processor, then rub onto turkey.

Citrus and Spice Dry Brine

3 tbsp. rainbow peppercorn blend
6 bay leaves
2 tbsp. Meyer lemon peel
2 tbsp.  orange peel
¼ tbsp. nutmeg
¼ tbsp. clove powder
½ c. kosher salt
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Toast bay leaves and peppercorns. Let cool.
Mix with other ingredients and blend in food processor.
Rub onto turkey.



Standard Wet Brine
(for 15-20 lb. turkey)

1 gal. hot water
1 lb. kosher salt
2 qt. chicken or vegetable broth
1 lb. honey
1 bag ice 

Dissolve salt in hot water.
Stir in broth and honey. Add ice.
Cover turkey in brine and seal lid. Let sit overnight.


Citrus Wet Brine
(for 10-12 lb. turkey)

2 gal. cold water
1 c. kosher salt
1 c. brown sugar
2 oranges, quartered
2  lemons, quartered
6 sprigs thyme

Mix all ingredients together
Cover turkey with brine and seal lid.
Let sit for 4-24 hours.


7 Spice Turkey Wet Brine
(18-24 lb. turkey)

2/3 cup kosher salt                                                
1 tsp. dried sage
2/3 cup sugar                                                            
½ tsp. dried thyme
6 whole cloves                                                       
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. juniper berries, crushed                           
8 cups hot water
½ tsp. black peppercorns, crushed               
4 cups ice water
½ tsp. white peppercorns, crushed              
brining bag
2 tsp. whole allspice, crushed                         
2 cups cold water

In a large saucepan, mix bag 1 — kosher salt, cloves & sugar, with bag 2 — crushed juniper berries, peppercorns, and allspice berries. When well blended, add bag 3 — dried sage, dried thyme, bay leaves and hot water.

Bring brine mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently until salt and sugar have completely dissolved. Remove from heat, add ice water and stir to cool mixture. Set pan aside and cool to room temperature.

Place turkey inside brine bag, and add brine mix and 2 cups cold water.

Cover entire bird with brine mixture. Turkey should be breast side down in the bag/in your bucket or pan. Refrigerate 12 -24 hours depending on size of bird. Turn turkey 3-4 times while brining.

When done with brine, remove turkey from brine and discard bag & brine.

Rinse turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey back in the roasting pan and refrigerate, uncovered, for 6-10 hours. This allows the skin of the turkey to dry further so it is crisp when roasted. Bird is now ready for roasting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for the internal temperature of the bird to be 160 – 165 F. This temperature kills contaminants, including salmonella.

The internal temperature of the bird will continue to rise several degrees after you remove it from the oven. Let it sit 20-30 minutes before carving.


Peppercorn Wet Brine

1 ¼ cup kosher or sea salt                                 
½ cup brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable or chicken stock          
2 tbsp. black peppercorns
1 tbsp. white peppercorns                                 
1 tbsp. allspice whole
1/8 tsp. dried ginger 

In large pot blend salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice.

Add stock and ginger, then turn heat to high and bring to a boil while stirring frequently until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and mix in ice water. Set to the side, and let cool to room temperature.

Place turkey in a large brining bag, and pour brine into the bag. Close bag.

Place turkey/brine bag breast-side down in cooler, and cover with ziploc bags of ice to keep 40 degrees or cooler.

Brine for 12 - 24 hours. Turn the brine bag 3 - 4 times during the brining process and replace ice as necessary.

Remove bird from brine bag, rinse off with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine and brine bag.

Place turkey back into a roasting pan and refrigerate, uncovered, for 6 -10 hours. This settling period allows the skin to dry so it browns better in the oven.

Bird is now ready for roasting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls for the internal temperature of the bird to be 160 – 165 F. This temperature kills contaminants, including salmonella.

The internal temperature of the bird will continue to rise several degrees after you remove it from the oven. Let it sit 20 - 30 minutes before carving.

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Review: Infused Musings

Posted on August 11, 2015 | 0 comments

Infused Musings on the Salt & Olive experience — "... any food lover's dream." We're grateful for the kind words. 

"If you’re looking for a unique visiting experience or a different kind of gift option, olive oil tasting is definitely something to keep in mind next time you’re in town. The concept of olive oil tasting in the style of, say, wine or beer tasting is something that I would never have even considered. But now that I’ve been to a few such places around Boston, it makes so much sense....

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"Salt & Olive is one of a tiny handful of these unique storefronts, comfortably nestled a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square. When you enter their shop, you’re met with the delicious aroma of their spice assortment...

"What’s extra wonderful about Salt & Olive, though, is their impressive assortment of salts, spices, and teas. You can get pre-blended masalas ....

"And last, but certainly not least, the staff has always been extremely kind, knowledgeable, and cheerful. Ask them ..."

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WCVB-TV's Chronicle features Salt & Olive and women-owned businesses

Posted on March 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Chronicle, the celebrated New England TV news magazine, featured Mary Taylor and Salt & Olive as part of a feature on women-owned businesses. In this segment, "Spreading the Gospel of Healthy Eating," Mary notes that extra virgin olive oil "is where wine was in the United States 20 or 30 years ago. Similar to wine, olive oils are best when paired appropriately with the food you're preparing."

WATCH: http://www.wcvb.com/chronicle/spreading-the-gospel-of-healthy-eating/31865476

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Carr's Ciderhouse Cider Syrup now available at Salt & Olive

Posted on March 04, 2015 | 2 comments

Now available at Salt & Olive! As The Boston Globe says, "Sweet, with a tart zing and an undertone of caramel, the cider syrup made by Carr’s Ciderhouse in North Hadley has a single ingredient: apples. The syrup ($18.99 to $19.99 for 15.6 ounces) contains a blend of McIntosh, Golden Delicious, and Macoun, each variety adding its nuance. Cider syrup was once a New England pantry staple made from boiled-down apple cider. Carr’s owners Jonathan Carr and Nicole Blum, known for their hard ciders, have revived the regional specialty, pressing apples and then reducing the juice slowly to make small batches of syrup. Lighter than maple syrup, cider syrup can be drizzled into dressings, sprinkled on roasted vegetables, stirred into yogurt, or poured over pancakes. The flavor varies slightly seasonally, says Blum. “It’s all about the apples.”

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