How To Peel Eggplant
Eggplant, the highly versatile vegetable, can be eaten with peel or without peel. Mostly eggplant is cooked with peel but if you are wondering how to peel eggplant, let me tell you there are different ways to do that.
Though it is good to eat eggplant with its peel on, still if you want to peel it, follow the steps listed below.
Before we proceed with the guide on how to peel eggplant, make sure that the eggplants you’ve chosen are of good quality. Check for any holes or dents on the surface of the eggplant and also press it to see if it feels firm. It should not ‘give in’ much upon pressing.
How to peel eggplant when raw
- Purchase good quality eggplants and wash them well under running water to remove traces of dirt or chemicals or any other thing which might be stuck on it.
- Now take a potato peeler. Make sure that the peeler has a comfortable grip and a micro-serrated stainless steel blade. If you can, try and catch hold of a peeler with a swivel blade which will move over the contours and help in peeling the eggplant easily.
- To begin with, take a knife and cut off the stem of the eggplant.
- Holding the eggplant firmly in one hand and the peeler in other hand, move the peeler along the surface of the eggplant, from top to bottom.
- Turn the eggplant and keep on moving the peeler from top to bottom on all the sides of the eggplant till you’ve managed to peel the eggplant completely.
- Even if you’ve left some skin on the eggplant, it is okay as it is edible.
- In fact, you can also get innovative and leave strips of peel on the eggplant in between the peeled flesh. Once you cut the eggplant, it will look attractive.
How to peel cooked eggplant
- If you plan to roast, char, barbecue or broil the eggplant, then you can leave the skin on the eggplant. The skin will protect the eggplant’s flesh and prevent it from burning. Leaving the skin on will also lead to softening of the skin and once you remove the skin, you’ll notice that the flesh acquires a smoky flavor which enhances the taste of the eggplant.
- Before you cook the eggplant with its skin on, first pierce the skin several times before you expose it to heat. Piercing will help in release of excess juices so that it doesn’t cause any build up inside the eggplant which may cause it to burst.
- Once the eggplant is cooked, use your fingers to peel off the skin. You can even try to remove the peel with a paring knife, but doing it using fingers is best way to do it.
- For peeling, grab hold of the skin and pull it back. You’ll notice it comes off very easily.
- After slicing the eggplant, sprinkle some salt over it and let it sit for some time. This will draw out the bitter juices from the eggplant.
So now you know two different ways of how to peel eggplant and I’m sure it will come in handy whenever you feel like peeling eggplant.
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