Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cooking tip: Sweat your eggplants

Wonderful eggplants! 

I am one of those people who LOVE eggplants. I don't think I had an eggplant before college (not even eggplant Parmesan!) and honestly they are so versatile and healthy.

Cooking tip: Sweating eggplants 

So I'm ghatstly behind getting 30 posts up for the month of January, so I'm doing my best to find ways to help with cooking and baking, even if I can't get full recipes up.

eggplants in a market in India
A selection of eggplant at a local market bhaji-wala stand in India.

Tips for cooking eggplants

First, pick a good eggplant. Eggplants come in a variety of colors and shapes. Overall, look for an eggplant that is uniformly firm and shiny.

Next, for storage, the fridge isn't necessarily best. If you store it in out for a day they will actually turn out better than if they sweat in the fridge due to moisture.

Bitter eggplants have your tongue?


Next, to get rid of the bitterness of some eggplants, slice it in rings (like large coins) and lay flat. Sprinkle salt on the slices of eggplant and let the eggplant sit out for a half hour or an hour before you cook.

Sweat eggplants and get rid of bitterness by adding salt and letting them sit before cooking. Then wipe.
Sweat out bitter eggplants by sprinkling with salt and letting them sit.


When you go to cook, dab the "brown" that comes out with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. 

Buttermilk your eggplant

If you are avoiding excess salt, you can also soak the sliced eggplant in butter milk before cooking and then rinse the eggplant before cooking.

Another option is to cut the seeds out, though to some, the seeds bring flavor and you lose a good portion of eggplant if the eggplant is small like the Indian or Thai ones.

Please check out related posts on eggplants here - TONS of ways to cook your eggplant outside of "eggplant parmesan" :)

Indian Eggplant Recipes
Thai-inspired eggplant recipes
Vegan eggplant recipes!

YUM!

5 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of eggplant at all but those are GREAT tips! I'll give it another try. :)

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  2. I have never thought eggplant looks the least bit appetizing, but that photo above looks delicious!

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  3. Thanks for the tip about bitter eggplant! I didn't know that, and have definitely been turned off by the bitterness, since they go bad so quickly.

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  4. Excellent advice! Nice of you to share it too. :)

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