You might think that you have been storing eggplant correctly all of this time by keeping it in the fridge like almost all other vegetables. Well, I am here to tell you that is actually not the recommended way to store an eggplant.
Eggplant is pretty particular about what temperature it likes. The ideal temperature for eggplant is between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Unfortunately, eggplant doesn’t last more than a few days after you buy them. The most important thing when storing eggplant is keeping it in a cool, dark, and dry place.
How to store eggplant properly
Turns out the refrigerator is not the right place to store eggplant. Who would have known?
When you are buying eggplant you want to look for a nice plump one with smooth, sleek-looking, firm skin. Go ahead and pick them up and feel them. The denser the better.
So like I said, these finicky vegetables like their temperature just right when being stored. You want to keep them around 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
They don’t do well in extreme temperatures in either direction. It will affect the flavor and the texture of the eggplant when you cook it.
When you store eggplant in the refrigerator, the cold temps will cause eggplant to perish prematurely.
Eggplant should be kept somewhere that is dry. Moisture and eggplant don’t mesh well. If it’s hot and humid in your kitchen, I would recommend putting them in your pantry or in a cupboard.
3. Keep away from ethylene producers
Ethylene-producing fruits like bananas, tomatoes, or melon give off a gas that speeds up the ripening process. This can be very helpful if you are trying to ripen your avocados but not eggplant.
Eggplant already spoils faster than a lot of other vegetables. You want to store them away from these so that you can ensure that they stay fresh as long as possible.
OK, so if you are adamant about storing eggplant in the fridge you want to at least loosely wrap them in a paper towel. This will help keep moisture away from it.
You will want to make sure to use it as soon as possible though as this will speed up the ripening process and cause it to get mushy quickly. By as soon as possible I mean within 1-2 days.
How to Store Eggplant (4 Tips)
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- Eggplant is very finicky when it comes to what temperature it likes. It is best to store them at 50-55 degrees.If it is too hot or too cold they will go bad quickly.
- Dry is best for eggplant. Place it in a paper bag on the counter leaving the top of the bag open so that it can breathe.
Stay away from Ethylene producers
- Make sure to store eggplant away from your bananas, tomatoes, or melons. These give off a gas called Ethylene and will make it ripen very fast.
- If you must store it in the fridge then you want to keep it in the crisper drawer where the moisture is better regulated and wrap a paper towel around it loosely. Only do this if you plan to use it within a day or two.