If you’re looking for information on how to preserve eggplant for long-term storage you’ve come to the right place. This guide will teach you everything you need to know in order to store eggplant so it stays fresh for months.
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Why preserve eggplant?
Eggplant is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be used in many different recipes. It is also relatively easy to grow, making it a good choice for the home gardener. However, eggplant can be a little tricky to store. If not done properly, it will quickly spoil.
There are two main reasons to preserve eggplant: to extend its shelf life and to preserve its flavor. Eggplant is a summer vegetable, so it is only available fresh for a few months out of the year. By preserving it, you can enjoy eggplant year-round.
In addition, preserving eggplant prevents it from losing its flavor. Fresh eggplant has a delicate flavor that disappears quickly when exposed to air. Preserving it in oil or vinegar helps to preserve both the flavor and texture of the eggplant.
Here are two methods for preserving eggplant:
Method 1: Oil-Based Preserves
This method is best for storing eggplant in the short-term (up to 1 month). It is also the best way to preserve the flavor and texture of the eggplant.
You will need:
-1-2 pounds of fresh eggplant, sliced into thin rounds or quarters
-1 cup of olive oil
-1 cup of white vinegar
-1 tablespoon of salt
-1 teaspoon of black pepper
-1 cloves of garlic, minced (optional)
How to pick the best eggplant for storage
Eggplants that are smooth, firm, and shiny will last the longest in storage. Avoid eggplants with bruising, soft spots, or shriveled skin. These eggplants are past their prime and will not last as long, no matter how you store them.
How to prep eggplant for storage
Eggplant is a versatile vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes, from savory to sweet. While eggplant is available year-round in most supermarkets, it is in season during the summer months. If you have an abundance of eggplant from your garden or local farmers market, you may be wondering how to preserve eggplant for long-term storage.
Here are a few tips on how to prep eggplant for storage:
-Wash the eggplant thoroughly in cool water.
-Cut off the stem and leaves.
-Cut the eggplant into pieces, depending on how you plan to use it later.
-If you plan to use the eggplant raw, such as in a salad, slice it into thin rounds or strips. For cooked dishes, such as ratatouille or roasted eggplant Parmesan, cut it into larger cubes or slices.
– blanching Eggplant can be blanched whole, sliced, or cubed. To blanch whole eggplant, cut a small X into the skin of the fruit. This will help it cook evenly and prevent it from exploding while cooking. Place the eggplants in a large pot of boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from boiling water and immediately place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Once cooled, pat dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1-2 hours, or until solid. Once frozen solid, transfer to a freezer bag or container for long-term storage.
What is the best way to store eggplant?
Eggplant is a popular vegetable that is typically harvested in late summer or early fall. If you have a bountiful harvest, you may be wondering how to preserve eggplant for long-term storage.
The best way to store eggplant is to cure it first. Curing helps to remove any bitterness from the flesh and also makes the eggplant less perishable. To cure eggplant, slice it into thin rounds and sprinkle each round with salt. Place the rounds on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and let them sit for about 30 minutes. The eggplant will sweat during this time, so be sure to pat it dry before storing.
After curing, the eggplants can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks. If you plan to store them for longer than that, they can be frozen whole or cut into pieces. Eggplant can also be pickled or made into a relish.
How long does preserved eggplant last?
Eggplant that has been properly preserved can last for up to one year. However, for best quality, it is recommended that you use the preserved eggplant within six months.
Tips for using preserved eggplant
Eggplant is a delicious and healthy addition to many dishes, but it can be tricky to work with. It is a delicate vegetable that bruises easily and is prone to oxidizing, or browning. For these reasons, it is often best to preserve eggplant for long-term storage.
There are several methods of preservation, including pickling, freezing, and drying. Pickling is the most common method of preserving eggplant, as it helps to keep the eggplant from browning and retains the most flavor. To pickle eggplant, slice it into thin rounds or strips and soak in a vinegar solution for 24 hours. The eggplant can then be drained and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Freezing is another effective way to preserve eggplant. Eggplant can be cut into cubes or slices and frozen in airtight bags or containers. Frozen eggplant will keep for up to six months in the freezer.
Drying is a less common method of preservation, but it can be used to create delicious dehydrated eggplant chips or flakes. To dry eggplant, slice it into thin rounds or strips and place on a dehydrator tray. Dry at a low temperature until the eggplant is crisp and dry to the touch. Dehydrated eggplant will keep for up to six months in an airtight container stored in a cool, dark place.
Recipes using preserved eggplant
There are many delicious recipes that use preserved eggplant as an ingredient. Here are some of our favorites:
-Grilled Eggplant with Basil-Garlic Sauce
How to can eggplant
Canning is a great way to preserve eggplant for long-term storage! Follow these simple steps to can your eggplant:
1. Start with fresh, firm eggplant that is free of blemishes or bruises. Wash the eggplant and cut it into slices or chunks.
2. Blanch the eggplant in boiling water for two minutes. This will help to preserve the color and texture of the eggplant.
3. After blanching, place the eggplant in a colander to drain off any excess water.
4. Pack the eggplant into clean canning jars leaving headspace of 1 inch at the top of the jar.
5. Add 1 teaspoon of salt per pint jar or ½ teaspoon per quart jar to the jars (this is optional).
6. Fill the jars with boiling water, covering the eggplant completely and again leaving 1 inch of headspace at the top of the jar. Use a wooden spoon to release any air bubbles that may be trapped in the jar.
7. Wipe the rim of each jar with a clean, damp cloth and then place a canning lid on top, screwing on the band until it is tight but not overly tight.
8. Process the jars in a boiling water canner for 25 minutes (pints) or 30 minutes (quarts), adjusting for elevation as necessary. Remove from canner and allow to cool undisturbed for 12-24 hours before checking seals
How to freeze eggplant
To freeze eggplant, start by washing it thoroughly. Cut the eggplant into thin slices or dice it, depending on how you plan to use it. Spread the eggplant out on a baking sheet and place it in the freezer for about 2 hours, or until the eggplant is frozen solid. Once the eggplant is frozen, transfer it to a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 8 months.
How to dry eggplant
Eggplant can be dried using a dehydrator or by air-drying. To dehydrate eggplant, wash the eggplant and slice it thinly. Place the slices on a dehydrator tray and set the dehydrator to 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Dry the eggplant slices for eight to 12 hours or until they are dry and leathery.
To air-dry eggplant, wash the eggplant and slice it thinly. Place the slices on a wire cooling rack and set the rack in a sunny location. Turn the eggplant slices every few hours so that they will dry evenly. The eggplant is properly dried when it is dark purple in color and feels dry and leathery.