Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tip: Storing Eggplant


Linda asks, “The eggplant seemed fine when I brought it home from the store yesterday, but today when I took it out of the refrigerator, the insides were brown instead of white. Did I do something wrong? Was it a mistake to put eggplant in the refrigerator?”

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Anonymous said...

L efaxaristo poli for passing my blog at least you are the first who is into greek cooking... eggplant papoutsakia... eggplant salad.. am here in florida now am missing athens... thanks for the kerameikos resto have not been there... not just yet


Laurie Constantino said...

You're very welcome Shalimar. I've been reading your various blogs for years and miss your Athens posts. Logia Tis Ploris is a new restaurant and I have no doubt that it will be a success. We ate there two days in a row and would be happy to eat there again and again. It is worth going there for the food alone, but the owners are also very nice and if you order a miso kilo of wine, they keep refilling it without charge -- a sign of their wonderful hospitality.

Maria Verivaki said...

Wow, Laurie, I didn't realise that eggplant is hard to get in Alaska. It's my favourite summer vegetable. In any case, I successfully stored eggplant in the following two ways:
1. Making pastitsio and moussaka, cooking it, then cutting it up into servings and freezing it; no difference in taste when you defrost it and warm it up in a conventional oven (not as delicious when microwaved)
2. Taking fresh eggplant, shelling it (ridding it of the flesh), and freezing it immediately; I make yemista in the winter with it (without defrosting, just fill the frozen shell with the rice mix), and believe me, it is delicious.
As we have an excess of eggplant every year in our garden, these are two of the three ways I use them up without throwing them out (the 3rd method is to cook them up for the dog...)

Laurie Constantino said...

Hi Maria, the problem is that eggplant doesn't grow in Alaska - the growing season just isn't long enough. Luckily, we are always in Greece during September, which is the height of eggplant season!
Your suggestions for long-term storage of eggplants are great, thank you! Does your dog like eating eggplant? He must have a great palate...

Laurie Constantino said...

PS: I have also roasted eggplant on the grill and then frozen them. The thawed, grilled eggplant are perfect for melitzanosalata.