Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

Eggplant Preserves Recipe

Not sure about the origins of eggplant preserves, but it’s surely one of popular preserves in Armenia. May sound a little strange: veggie and sugar preserves, they don’t have much in common, taste wise, but trust me this unique preserves may become one of your absolute favorites, if you give it a try. This is pretty similar to pumpkin preserves, by the way, I do have a tutorial for that on my channel, and would highly recommend to try that decadent treat, when you get a chance. The method and most of the steps are pretty similar to pumpkin preserves, so if you are familiar with that one, making an eggplant preserves won’t be anything new. Have to admit, that, the making is time taking and requires a little bit of effort. But it’s doable and everyone can make it successfully, if all steps are followed promptly.







Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

I’ve got so many requests from my Facebook and instagram followers to post a recipe and tutorial eggplant preserves, and decided to go for it.

Hope you’ll try and like it!

Good luck!
Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

Ingredients 

1 ½ lbs mini eggplants, or small Italian eggplants, be sure to choose fresh and hard veggies, if choosing regular size veggies, cut those into 1”-2” cubes or rectangles after peeling

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant




For sugar syrup

5 cups boiling hot water

4 cups sugar (when doubling the recipe use :11 cups water+8 cups sugar)

2 tsp vanilla extract

The juice of one medium lemon , I sliced it thinly, and used only half, but the recipe calls for the juice only

1 stick of cinnamon

1 tsp whole cloves

Peels ginger roof,small piece, about a size of a walnut, sliced in half (optional)

Walnut halves or pieces (optional)

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

For salt and soda mixture

7-8 cups cold water

1 tbs salt

2 tbs baking soda

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant




For pickling lime mixture

½ cup pickling lime

8 cups water

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

Directions 

*Start by prepping the salt and soda water, simply mix and stir everything in a bowl and set aside

*Peel the eggplants and place in salt-soda mixture for 10-15 minutes, be sure to place a weight on top (wear gloves while peeling)

*Prepare the pickling lime-water mixture, set aside

*Remove from salty water and rinse the eggplants

*Place the eggplants into pickling lime + water mixture and allow to set 5-8 hours

*After 5-8 hours, wash the veggies very well, and place in a bowl filled with cold water, change the water as it becomes foggy

As the water gets clear, start cooking the syrup

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant




Making the syrup

In a pot combine hot water and sugar, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes

While that’s cooking, poke the eggplants with a toothpick or fork, that will help to absorb the syrup

Add the eggplants to the boiling syrup and cook 45-50 minutes, over medium-low heat, stir once in a while to help the veggies cook evenly

The color will get darker as they cook, the veggies should look slightly translucent

Add the spices: vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cloves

Turn off the heat and allow the preserves to cool down almost completely 25-35 minutes

Restart cooking on medium to low heat, and cook another 20-25 minutes

Store in glass jars, allow to cool down to room temperature and place in the fridge

Optionally you can stuff cooked eggplants with walnuts, refer to YouTube tutorial for more details

Enjoy!

Eggplant Preserves-Different Ways of Cooking Eggplant

Posted in Armenian Cuisine, Jams and Preserves, Vegetarian Meals.

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