Eggplant Recipes plus Storage and Purchase Tips!

Get ready for gardening season. Eggplant Recipes, buying and storage tips!

 

It’s harvest season for most backyard gardens on the east coast. It’s such a bummer that ours hasn’t given us the best yield this summer. We had some family stuff come up that had us away for several days and even a few days unattended wasn’t good for the weed control. Plus, we had so many critter problems this year. Oh well, there’s always next year. I can say our green bean harvest was awesome. We are still waiting for tomatoes to turn red and enjoyed the first one tonight on sandwiches.

Luckily, we have a farmer’s market a few minutes away that we can visit every Friday. Supporting the local farmers is important to us and I like knowing where my produce is coming from.

Eggplant was on our farmer’s market list this week, even though I wasn’t really sure how I was going to prepare it.  Eggplant can be prepared in many ways. Recipes can be found for baked, grilled, roasted, microwave and fried.  I decided to  put together a few buying and storage tips and found a few recipes from some stellar bloggers to try out.

Eggplant Recipes

Purchase and Storing Tips

  • Good quality eggplant should be firm, dark- colored, a shiny skin & relatively light for its size .
  • Size & shape will vary from small to round & round to egg shaped.
  • Avoid eggplant that is soft, discolored or bruised.
  • Eggplant should be stored uncut, unwashed in the refrigerator.You can  keep eggplant sealed in a bag inside the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Does your family eat eggplant? Do you have any tried and true recipes to share? I would love to hear from you!

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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21 Comments

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    Mom
    September 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Here is a recipe from my friend Pam. Peel n slice Eggplant and soak it in salt water for 30-60 mins. Drain on paper towel and dip in egg n milk mixture then into a salt and pepper flour mixture and fry.
    (Panko bread crumbs works great and also frying in a cast iron skillet) Eat them as is with your favorite dipping sauce or you can layer these after frying with stewed tomato’s (chop up tomato’s with butter and sugar and simmer in saucepan) and parmesan cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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      Michele
      September 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Sounds super yummy! THANKS

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    Maryann Bambi
    November 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Is there a differance in eggplant? Male or female? Which has more seeds? Can you tell by the bottom of one?I come from an Italian family that said there’s a female and a male …. Don’t laugh it is true! Have you heard that there is a diff.?

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    Maryann Bambi
    November 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    The ale has a slit at the bottom of the eggplant and the female has around shape…. Really I kid you not..

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    Sonja
    July 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I’m a big fan of eggplant and we were lucky to have had an abundance of it grow in our garden last year. I almost didn’t know what all to make with it. So yummy!
    Sonja – visiting from http://www.sustainmycrafthabit.com

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    KC the Kitchen Chopper
    August 7, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I just made a Soup and a Baked Chopped using Eggplant. I’m not a huge fan unless it’s “hidden in plain sight”. I’m working on the recipes now. 🙂 Thanks for the storing tips.

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      Michele Brosius
      August 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      I like the hidden in plain sight. LOL I hope you find something you like in the recipes.

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    Sherry Nappa
    April 17, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Eggplant is the best! Thanks for sharing your recipes and tips with us at Merry Monday.

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    Kim
    April 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I love eggplant but I have always been scared to make it. Thank you for the tips on purchasing and storing!!! #HomeMattersParty

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    Cathy Lawdanski
    August 30, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I love eggplant – in fact I just roasted some for lunch. Looks like some great recipes!

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    Nikki Gwin
    August 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    I love eggplant, but don’t really have any recipes that I use. I just dice it up in with my okra and fry it. I can’t wait to try some of these.
    🙂 gwingal

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    Katy SkipTheBag
    August 31, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Perfect timing. I just did a post about when to harvest eggplant-we let some of ours go too long! And it includes Hubby’s amazing and easy eggplant parmesean recipe: http://www.skipthebag.com/2016/08/when-to-harvest-eggplant-eggplant.html Posts like this are perfect for Waste Less Wednesday blog hop! http://www.skipthebag.com/2016/08/waste-less-wednesday-blog-hop-3.html Thanks!

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    Sandra Garth
    August 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    A few weeks back I went to the Farmers Market and picked up several beautiful eggplant. They weren’t shaped like the ones you seen in stores. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a clue what to do with them and they rotted. Shame on me I know! I will save your recipes and tips for next time. Thanks so much for sharing your links with us at Celebrate Your Story!

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    Audrey
    August 31, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I have a few eggplant recipes including an eggplant salsa that is scrumptious! Thanks for sharing you tips on #TastyTuesdays

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    Hil
    September 2, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I LOVE eggplant!! My BIL is allergic though 🙁 So it’s out for family dinners. We eat it in pasta a lot though.

    Have you linked up at #bloggerspotlight yet? It’s open until Tuesday night!

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    Jan
    September 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    We’d sure love Just2sisters to come join us over at CountryFair Blog Party, which is a once a month link up for bloggers. Not just this eggplant recipe, which my hubby has been asking me to cook with more, so I will be trying this one out, but come bring a few other dishes to the party!
    Jan @ Tip Garden
    Link to Party: http://www.thetipgarden.com/2016/08/country-fair-blog-party-september-2016.html

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    fabiola
    September 5, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    My fav vegetable so versatile and delish. Thank you for sharing at Inspiration Galore Project Pty!!

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    Sharon@BlueWillowHouse
    September 7, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Great tips and recipes for eggplant, one of my favorite vegetables. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

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    Marisa Hernandez
    September 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

    These are great tips! thanks for sharing!

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