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How do you drain the liquid from eggplant?
Place cubed eggplant in a colander, toss lightly with salt and set aside to drain for about 30 minutes. Then, rinse the eggplant under cold water to remove the salt, wrap it in a cloth towel and squeeze gently but firmly to release the liquid.
How long does it take to get the water out of eggplant?
Toss the eggplant with salt and let it drain in a colander for about 40 minutes to 1 hour.
How do you drain eggplant without salt?
Here's the process: Slice or cube the eggplant, place it on a plate with a couple of sheets of paper towels and cook on high for five minutes. Voila—you're done.
Do you have to soak eggplant in salt water?
Some claim that it doesn't really pull out the bitterness, but just masks the flavor and makes us think that it is less better. Either way, sprinkling a decent amount of salt on your eggplant slices or cubes does seem to lessen the bitterness and also draws out a little of the moisture from the eggplant.
Do you Rinse eggplant after salting?
Let the salted eggplant sit for at least 1/2 hour or up to 1 1/2 hours. You'll see beads of moisture start to form on the surface of the eggplant as it sits. Some of the pieces may start to look a little shriveled; this is fine. When you're ready to cook, rinse the eggplant under cold water to remove the excess salt.
How do you sweat eggplant in the microwave?
Place them on a paper towel-lined plate and cook on high power for about five minutes. If you have a large eggplant, you may need to work in batches, but don't worry — the result will be well worth your time. The microwave draws out some of the fruit's moisture, which collapses its cellular structure of the flesh.
Can I soak eggplant over night?
With the soaking method you can put them in the fridge overnight. With the salt only method the eggplant will oxidize and turn brown after a while.
Do you have to salt eggplant first?
Conventional wisdom has you salt the slices to draw bitter liquid out of the eggplant. Once the slices have sat for about a hour, you're suppose to rinse them under cool water to remove any excess salt and then proceed with your recipe.
Why do you sprinkle salt on eggplant?
Salting eggplant is often explained on two points: The first point contends that eggplants can be quite bitter, and salting helps cut the bitterness. (No, salt doesn't draw out bitterness. It just helps hide it.) Second, salting eggplants reduces the sponginess and leaves you with a creamy, silky texture.
How long should you leave salt on eggplant?
In The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison recommends salting slices or cubes for 30 minutes to remove bitterness, 60 or more to achieve better fried eggplant.
How do you fry the perfect eggplant?
In a deep, heavy skillet heat 1/2-inch of vegetable oil to 375 degrees F. Fry the eggplant pieces, in batches if necessary, for about 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt before serving.