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Eggplant Tips

By SkinnyandMini | May 8, 2009

•  The eggplant is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking. Also called the aubergine or patlican in some countries, the eggplant is a versatile vegetable. Well, actually, the eggplant is technically a fruit, but like the tomato, it is referred to as a vegetable.

How To Choose Eggplants
* do not have brown spots on the skin or stem
* green stem that is free of mold
* skin that is shiny and smooth without bruises or blemishes
* skin that is resilient and bounces back when you apply gentle pressure
* heavy for size of eggplant

Smaller eggplant generally are less than bitter than larger ones because they have less seeds. However, if you soak eggplant in water and salt it prior to cooking, much of the bitterness is eliminated.

How To Store Eggplants
•  Eggplant spoil fast, so its best to buy them no more than a few days prior to use. It’s best to store eggplant in the crisper of the refrigerator, unwrapped. It can last up to a week or longer when stored properly.

Eggplant cannot be stored in the freezer, unless cooked.

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