Eggplants are not only delicious, but also very nutritious. This vegetable can be prepared in a variety of ways. Eggplants can bruise very easily and that is why they should be handled gently. This versatile vegetable can be stored whole in the refrigerator, if you place it in a perforated bag. This way you can store an eggplant for at least a week without spoilage.
If you want to preserve the eggplant for long period of time, say around six months, then you need to prepare it. First cut of the stem. Now, peel and then slice it vertically into half inch thick slices or fingers. Boil water and add some lemon juice to it. Put in the eggplant pieces in the bubbling water, and allow them to boil for around 5 minutes. After that, take out the eggplant pieces with a strainer and place them in a bowl of cold water. Once the eggplant has cooled, remove it from the water and squeeze the pieces dry. All you have to do now is place the eggplant pieces in a freezer bag and freeze them. These pieces will stay for up to 6 months without getting spoilt.
For long term storage, choose eggplants that are not bruised or spotted or damaged in any way. Choose tender eggplants as they will taste better even after being frozen and then thawed. Use the above described method for preparing the vegetable for freezing.
You can use the frozen eggplants in all of your traditional eggplant recipes by thawing them out and using them just like you would use fresh eggplant, and you will have a delicious eggplant dish ready to eat in just a few minutes.
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