How do you prepare an aubergine?
- Cut off the green stalk with a sharp knife and discard.
- Cut the aubergine into rounds of even thickness.
- Stack the round into small piles and hold the aubergine firmly. Cut across each round to make strips.
- Turn and then cut across the strips in the opposite direction to make small squares.
Do you need to peel an aubergine before cooking?
If the skin is smooth and unblemished you can leave it on. Older aubergines should be skinned however as the skin turns bitter. Use a peeler or sharp knife to remove the skin (as thinly as you can). Use the aubergine straight after peeling, otherwise the flesh will discolour.
Can you eat the skin of an aubergine?
If the skin is in good shape, it is edible, though some varieties have skin that is too tough to eat. Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler if you think it’s wise – younger aubergine skin is fine to eat, but older, more ripened aubergine skin has a bitter taste. Cut off the stem and base, too.
What do you soak eggplant in before cooking?
Soak eggplant slices or cubes in milk for about 30 minutes before cooking. The milk not only tempers the bitterness, but it actually makes for eggplant that is extra creamy, since the vegetable acts like a sponge and soaks up a good amount of milk in its flesh.
Why is aubergine bad for you?
Eggplants are part of the nightshade family. Nightshades contain alkaloids, including solanine, which can be toxic. Solanine protects these plants while they are still developing. Eating the leaves or tubers of these plants can lead to symptoms such as burning in the throat, nausea and vomiting, and heart arrhythmias.
How do you cut and cook aubergine?
Slice the aubergine lengthways into 1cm slices. Arrange the aubergines over a grill pan. Brush lightly with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then grill until golden. Flip them over, brush again with oil, season and grill again until tender and golden.
How long should you cook aubergine for?
Put the aubergines, flesh-side down, in a grill pan or baking tray and grill for 10–12 minutes, until leathery and soft. Turn the aubergines over and grill for a further 5 minutes.
Can u boil Aubergine?
Place eggplant, garlic, water and salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until eggplant cubes are cooked but still firm.
When should you not eat eggplant?
If the flesh is more brown than white, the eggplant may be spoiling and should be discarded. Watch our eggplant storage and selection video with Your Produce Man, Michael Marks, and check out our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Eggplant.
Can aubergines be poisonous?
As a member of the nightshade family, aubergine is related to tomatoes and potatoes, and like them its leaves are poisonous.
Should you keep aubergines in the fridge?
The best place to store eggplant is not in the refrigerator, but at room temperature, where it’s likely to last longer. Keep eggplant in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight, and use it as soon as possible after harvesting or buying.
Do you have to soak aubergines?
In the past, recipes called for aubergines to be sliced and salted before cooking to reduce their bitterness. As modern varieties are much less bitter, that is no longer necessary, unless you’re planning to fry them – aubergines soak up oil like a sponge and salting helps reduce that.
Should you soak eggplant in salt water before cooking?
If you choose to salt your eggplant, first slice or cube it, and then salt generously, allowing the fruit to sit in a colander for at least an hour, preferably longer. Salted eggplant can sit purging for hours without harming the taste or texture. But before cooking the eggplant, be sure to rinse the salt off well.
Do you have to soak eggplant in salt water?
Many recipes call for salting and rinsing eggplant before cooking it to draw out its bitterness. Brining can be used instead and has the added advantage of helping the eggplant keep its shape when it’s cooked, whether your recipe calls for baking, frying, or grilling.
Do you need to soak eggplant in salt water?
Eggplant: Salting removes excess liquid and some of the bitterness. Today’s eggplants are bred for mildness, thought, so it’s not as important as it used to be. If the recipe calls for it, or if you want to, peel the eggplant before cutting. This method works for eggplant slices, cubes, or planks.