Cooking tip: Sweating eggplantsSo 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.
|A selection of eggplant at a local market bhaji-wala stand in India.|
Tips for cooking eggplants
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 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 eggplantIf 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!