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Salting raw eggplant: we have some regular eggplant that we have sliced for grilling. Do we salt them, let them sit and then pat them dry?

Or should we rinse them after they've sat for awhile, then pat them dry before grilling. We're used to cooking with the thin ones AntoniaJames buys at the Asian market. They don't need salting. Help!! Thank you.

asked by Mr. T over 3 years ago
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hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added over 3 years ago

rinse after salting, then pat dry.

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added over 3 years ago

Salt, let drain colander for about 30 mins and then pat dry.

Flower-bee
added over 3 years ago

In order to effectively extract the bitter juice from the egplant they need to be salted a bit heavier than regular salting for seasoning purposes, so I always rinse them after degorging and then pat dry.

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added over 3 years ago

But... isn't the point of salting to release excess water? SO wouldn't rinsing be counter productive?

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hardlikearmour

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added over 3 years ago

@ KLL5: You would think so, but if you don't rinse it will be too salty to eat. It doesn't absorb much water from the rinse in my experience.

Flower-bee
added over 3 years ago

@KLL5, actually with eggplant, the main point in salting is to release a bitter compound they contain ( I think it belongs to the nicotine family), and not so much to release water the way you do when you salt, say, zucchini. That's why eggplants aren't very heavy when you lift one.

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added over 3 years ago

I do it the way hardlikearmour does it. Then I let them drain on paper towels for a while and blot them. They still continue to 'sweat' after rinsing.

Mr_t_122509
added over 3 years ago

We followed hardlikearmour's suggestion, salting for about 1 1/2 hours (while we went for a run in our nearby redwood forest), then rinsed the slices and patted them dry with a tea towel. We tossed the slices with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkled them with salt and then grilled them. They were outstanding! Thank you, everyone, for your help.