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MicroWaving Eggplant Before Using in a Recipe a la Cook's Illustrated

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MicroWaving Eggplant Before Using in a Recipe a la Cook's Illustrated

erica | Feb 9, 2013 12:20 PM

I just tested this process with a small amount of eggplant, as described here:

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/other...

After 6 minutes on power #8, the eggplant cubes had, in fact, become very dry, with no liquid remaining on the cubes or on the filter-lined plate. BUT, the cubes are so dessicated that they are no longer good to eat.

Are they beyond using for a recipe or will they, in fact, plump up return to edible status after being cooked in tomato sauce?

I would appreciate comments from anyone who has tried this technique. I do not want to commit my entire stash of eggplant until I know for certain if I should proceed with the microwave, or simply fry in olive oil as I have done in the past. (I am preparing the eggplant for use in pasta alla Norma).

Many thanks!!

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