Sunday, August 5, 2012

Time to preserve.

Eggplants are abundant this time of the year. We eat them often, in pasta dishes, in ratatouille, in eggplant parmigiana, in eggplant lasagna.

I also pickle them; for those rainy days of winter when I want to make ratatouille and there are no eggplants around.

I cook slices of eggplant in a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar and a tablespoon of salt. My mother used red-wine vinegar and the results were fantastic! I save a lot of money if I use plain white vinegar.
When the slices appear translucent, about five-seven minutes in a soft boil, I ladle them out and drain them.

I pack them tightly (in a clean and recently sterilized jar) covering every layer with good olive oil, a thin layer at a time, with chopped parsley and garlic between each layer.

Refrigerate for a minimum of two weeks before using.

Some of the way I use pickled eggplant:

1. sauce for pasta or rice
2. a condiment for sandwiches
3. an addition to scrambled eggs
4. garnish for meats and fowl
5. on toast points for an appetizer
6. as a pizza topping
7. a welcome addition to a grilled cheese sandwich


  1. Thanks for this info, a good idea for surplus egg-fruit, I only ever freeze them as ratatouille. Enjoy your day Diane