Can You Freeze Eggplant?
If you’ve ever wondered about freezing eggplant (often called aubergine), this article will give you all the answers you need. Eggplant is not a very popular vegetable, although quite a few people seek information about freezing it. What you should know for starters is that eggplant can be frozen and the whole freezing process is pretty similar to other veggies, so if you’ve frozen some vegetables already, you’ll feel like home when reading the rest of the article. If you’re interested, read on.
Before we get to the last step, meaning putting the eggplant into the freezer, we need some prep. It will take about 20-30 minutes, depending on how many eggplants you would like to freeze. Some of the activities require as much time no matter how many eggplants you plant to freeze, so it’s always better to batch freeze. First thing to do is of course washing the eggplants. Next you should cut off both ends of each one of them, peel them (if you desire to) and slice them. Now they’re ready for the next step.
Once eggplants are prepared, it’s time for blanching, which keeps the veggies from getting discolored. Now you should boil a mixture of water and a half cup of lemon juice. Once the mixture is boiling, place the slices in it for about 4 minutes. After that, transfer the eggplants to cold (possibly ice) water for a few minutes, so they’ll cool thoroughly. Once they’re cool, drain and dry them. Now they’re almost ready to be put into the freezer.
One thing to note – if you’ve got an already cooked eggplant, you can (and should) of course omit the preparation and blanching steps, since you’ve already accomplished them.
Ok, sliced eggplants are cool and dry, now it’s time to package them. You can put them into airtight containers or freezer bags, although the latter ones seem to be the better choice, because the don’t take as much place in the freezer. When packaging, consider dividing the veggies into several freezer bags, so you can easily defrost as much eggplant slices as you need at a time. Make sure you remove all the air from those bags (a straw might be quite helpful), seal them tightly and label properly. Now they’re ready to be put into the freezer.
If you wonder how long eggplant can be kept in the freezer, most sources suggest keeping it in there for no longer than 6-9 months. Of course you can keep it there for longer, but you might not be satisfied with its quality after defrosting. Of course frozen and thawed veggies work best in stews, soups and casseroles, but you probably know that already.
As you can see, the answer to the question can you freeze eggplant? is affirmative – this veggie freezes quite well and it’s not that difficult to freeze it. Just test it out for a couple of times to be sure that freezing eggplant works well for your needs.