How to Dry Eggplant: An Illustrated Guide
Nearly all kinds of food can be dried. Eggplants are no exception. The re-hydrated product is, as you would expect, not quite like fresh from the garden, but is good and serviceable in many eggplant recipes.
So if you have an abundance of eggplants, and are wondering what to do with them all, dehydrating is a good answer! At least 10 medium-sized eggplants can then be stored in a quart-sized jar, and need nothing more than a little boiling water poured over them, to rehydrate the pieces. Add them to your recipes as you would fresh eggplant.
Step One - Slice or Dice Your Eggplants, One at a Time
Step Two - Blanch Your Eggplant Pieces
Step Three - Dry Your Eggplant Pieces
Step Four - Remove from Screens or Trays, and Package in Bags or Jars
How to Prepare Dried Eggplant for Cooking
To rehydrate, boil drinking water and pour over eggplant pieces, to cover or a little more. Be sure to remember how much the pieces have shrunk, and not to prepare too many! Let sit at least 30 minutes - 45 mnutes or more is better.
The eggplant, like many dehydrated foods, will not soak up quite as much water as it had originally, but it will rehydrate sufficiently to please you in your recipes.
Now you'll have eggplants to use all year, whenever you please!
Insects and Stored Dried Eggplant
A word of warning: Insects love dried eggplant. So if your pantry is prone to moths, etc. - consider freezing your dried eggplant, or put a few pieces in each jar of something insects seem to detest - like dried rhubarb, dried green beans (usually), or dried carrots (usually). Moths are a problem at my house, and storage methods don't seem to matter - my jars can be properly sealed, as clean as can be, and apparently airtight. It's worth taking precautions, so you don't lose your food and the time and effort it took to preserve it.
An Experiment Regarding Unblanched Dried Eggplant
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