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What To Do With Eggplant – Simple cooking ideas!

It might happen that you have loads of wonderful eggplant vegetables on your kitchen countertop, and you are wondering what to to with them. Of course you always have to find a way to consume these vegetables because they don’t store for long. Due to their tropical nature, eggplants don’t store well in extremely cold temperatures. For this reason, an eggplant will store longer out of the refrigerator, but in a cool place. On your kitchen countertop, it should probably store for not more than 3 days.

Although eggplants are available year round, they are at their peak from July to October. During this peak period or season, they tend to be cheaper, and you can get many of them for just a couple of bucks. But the sad fact is that not everybody can enjoy eating these fruits (yep! they are botanically fruits) in their raw form directly, without combining them with other foods.

What to do with eggplant

Raw eggplants tend to be somewhat bitter. Even people who enjoy eating them raw will probably not tolerate them regularly for long, that’s why most people seek options of preparing eggplants in ways that can be enjoyable, sweet, and appetizing.

There’s absolutely no doubt that many people don’t like eggplants, probably due to their slightly bitter taste. Some people haven’t actually given eggplant another chance since childhood – of course, children don’t tolerate bitter things. Personally, I’m not a fan of bitter foods too, no matter how faint it is.

However, what many people fail to realize is the fact that the taste of eggplants directly depends on how it is prepared. Forget about raw ones, since you are probably fed up with them. Well cooked and properly treated eggplants can be mild, and taste very flavorful and sweet. In the coming paragraphs, I will be taking you through some simple ways to cook eggplant that will bring out the flavor in them.

  • Baked eggplants

Baking eggplants is one of the numerous ways to make them even more palatable. Baked eggplants can be made by cutting eggplants into preferred sizes and then placing them in already prepared salt water. You can then drain them from the salt water, and arrange them on baking sheets. Next is to spray them with oil, and bake them in an oven until all the sides have turned brown (you do need to turn them over as you bake to allow both sides to turn brown). You can then serve them as you wish, either sprinkled with vinegar, salt, or as toppings with chopped tomatoes.

Read detailed preparation guide here (1).

  • Roasted eggplants

Roasting eggplants is one of the easiest ways to prepare these vegetables to make a simple, but delicious recipe. To roast eggplants, you can start by cutting them into desirable sizes. Proceed by salting the sliced eggplants to remove some of their bitterness, after which you can rinse and pat dry them. You can now transfer the eggplants into baking sheets and brush them with oil. Roast for about 20 minutes depending on the temperature, until they turn brown and tender. Serve immediately.

Read detailed preparation guide here (2).

  • Grilled eggplants

Eggplant can also be grilled. Before grilling, you can cut it into thick sizes or even leave it as a whole. After grilling, the skin turns black, and it can be removed completely. The resultant flesh will taste creamy and soft, and it can mix well with many herbs including garlic. It can also combine well with oils or yogurt. The grilled flesh can also be made into a purée and used as a soup base.

Read detailed preparation guide here (3).

Apart from the above methods, eggplants can also be mashed into a dip, stir-fried, and toasted with foods like pasta. These are all methods you can cook and enjoy eggplants deliciously, instead of wondering what to do with them.

Storing eggplants

If you are having more than enough eggplants, you should store them over your countertop for a maximum of 3 days, just as mentioned earlier. It is probably the best way to store these vegetables. Eggplants do have a hard-time storing in refrigerators, because they have a tropical nature. Besides, storage under such cold conditions is not ideal at all for preserving their flavor and texture. So, you should only buy eggplants that are enough for you to consume in not more than 3 days if you really want to enjoy their full flavor.

Lastly, you should know that eggplants or aubergines have a lot of health benefits to the human body. Their consumption can aid weight loss, prevent constipation, boost digestive health, and prevent cancer. I wrote a post sometime ago elaborating on most of its health benefits. Here’s the post “Eggplant – Properties, benefits, and medicinal uses“.

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Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!

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