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Pickled Aubergine Italian Recipe / Preserve Eggplants


Eggplant, Aubergine, Baigan or Brinjal, whatever you call it, autumn is the season it is coming in from the garden, in abundance and this recipe is worth adding to your homesteading preserving folder.

Preserving some of your Aubergine harvest by pickling the eggplant and covering it in a great quality, light, or in my case extra virgin, olive oil, is a wonderfully delicious addition to the antipasto board.


Pickled Aubergine Italian Recipe

Eggplants 1666g / 3.673 lbs

1/3 cup course sea salt

1 cup white wine vinegar

1 cup light (high quality) olive oil

3 garlic cloves (optional)

1 dried chilli (optional)

2 tbsp dried herbs of choice (optional)


Day 1

Harvest or source fresh, firm, glossy eggplants, wash, dry and remove ends and peel.

Slice aubergines into match sticks

Place in plastic or glass bowl and mix well with salt

Weigh down with plate and weights, leave for 24 hours to draw out bitter brine

Day 2

Drain eggplant and weigh down over colander to sit for a few hours draining

Day 2 - A few hours later

Place eggplant back into bowl, add white wine vinegar, garlic chilli and dried herbs, mix well Squeeze liquid out, one handful at a time

Break up the eggplant and pack into a sterilized jar.

Cover with the oil, make sure it settles and there is at least 8mm of oil covering the eggplant at all times

Place lid on and store in refrigerator for one month, to let the flavours fully develop before consuming, however if it is your first jar of the season, try to wait at least 3 days.


This easily stores for a few months and when consuming a jar, always use a clean utensil and make sure eggplant stays covered with oil.

If you use a good quality olive oil, make sure you enjoy that soaked up in a crusty loaf as well.


Enjoy my friends and happy homesteading

Elissa x

Moat Cottage Homesteading


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Welcome to Moat Cottage Homesteading, I'm Elissa and here at Moat Cottage, we raise and grow and process some of our own free range meat, organic vegetables and fruit. We grow all of our herbs for both eating and medicinal purposes as well as hunt, fish and forage.

Our goal each season is to preserve our produce for the year ahead by canning, dehydrating, fermenting and freezing and we work on being prepared for emergency situations.

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