408: Ron Mantini on Homemade Olive Oil.

Preferring the taste of fresh pressed over store bought.

Ron was born and raised in Lorain Ohio, 30 miles west of Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie.  He moved to Chandler, Arizona in 2000 after graduating from the Ohio State University to work for Intel Corporation, which he still does until this day.  He is married with 4 children between the ages of 8-13.  With several olive trees at his home, Ron taught himself how to make olive oil from scratch.

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In This Podcast:

Curiosity on what to do with the fruit from the three large olive trees in his new yard led Ron Mantini on a quest to make his own olive oil. Over the course of several years, with trial and error and the power of the internet, Ron has discovered how to make a delicious olive oil. He has learned how to turn the olives on his and neighboring trees into a bright green, fresh and addictive pressed oil, a nice pairing for his homemade bread and pasta.


Listen in and learn about:

  • The three-step process of turning olives into olive oil 
  • Which olives have the most flavor and which have the most oil 
  • How many olives it takes to make about 44 ounces of oil 
  • What happens to olive oil as it ages 
  • How the term ‘cold pressed’ might be misleading 
  • How you might be able to bring your olives to Ron to see the process in action 
It is really a labor of love.” 

Producer’s Note:

 Check out Ron’s favorite focaccia bread recipe HERE

 As well as:

  • His failure – After his ‘ah ha’ moment when he finally was able to produce 44 ounces of olive oil from a five-pound bucket of olives and thinking “Finally, I know what I’m doing!”, Ron got up early to spend a few more hours to produce one more batch, only to get zero ounces of oil. 
  • His success – His happy and healthy family, which includes his wonderful wife and four kids between 8 and 13 years old—and they even know how to roll out homemade pasta! 
  • His drive – The responsibility of providing for his family and raising his children right 
  • His advice – Follow your passions. With the internet and the availability of information at your fingertips you should be able to pursue just about anything. 
 Ron’s Book recommendations: 

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein 

 How to reach Ron : 

Twitter: @ronmantini 



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