Thursday, August 26, 2010

Freezing Eggplant

One of the plants that thrives in hot, dry weather such as we've been having lately (105° anyone?), is eggplant.

We have been getting generous portions from our CSA.

Here is a link that we were given that has freezing instructions.

Looking at that, I was inspired by the idea of baked or grilled eggplant ready to pull from the freezer.

I preheated the oven to 450°, sliced the eggplant 1/2" thick, placed them in lightly oiled jellyroll pans, brushed them with olive oil and put them in to bake for 10 minutes per side (20 minutes total).

When done, they were beautifully browned on one side and soft when poked with a fork. I layered them with waxed paper and put them in 1-pound batches into the freezer.

This is especially handy in dealing with a glut since I love eggplant but have yet to persuade the rest of the family to share my delight. Tom doesn't mind it but no one else is very happy to see it show up.

4 comments:

Tante Léonie said...

I lovelovelove eggplant!

You can also make ratatouille and freeze it. It comes out very well, indeed.

Also, Smitten Kitchen just did a post on Eggplant Salad Toasts. I made them last night, and it was spectacular.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/08/eggplant-salad-toasts/

Julie D. said...

I do not really have ratatouille-love, though I am intrigued by the sound of those Eggplant Salad Toasts. Must go to SK this weekend and take a look ... thanks for the tip! :-)

Class factotum said...

Baba ganoush.

Julie D. said...

Y'all are not going to believe me any more when I say I love eggplant, when I also say that don't love baba ganoush either ... hmmm, but I do LOVE it. I'm going to have to post some of my favorite recipes, however few I have. :-)