Beyond the Sale: Connecticut Homes & Living

Nonna’s Pickled Eggplant & The Hubbard Clause

We are snacking for today’s happy hour! This recipe is one of my absolute favorite things ever. It literally lasts like 2 hours in my house. It is vinegary and delicious, especially on crusty bread! After we have a snack, we will learn about the Hubbard Clause.



  • Eggplant (these four eggplants made two medium sized mason jars worth)
  • Salt
  • White vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh Herbs
  • Red Pepper Flakes


Peel the eggplant and cut into long, thin strips.


Place strips into a large bowl and salt liberally. The point is to make the eggplant sweat so you can wring it out! Let it sit in the salt for about 30 minutes.

Place salted eggplant into strainer and squeeze out the excess liquid. Place a bowl in strainer on top of eggplant and push down to release more liquid. Then stack heavier bowls inside to apply pressure. Let it sit until eggplant seems well drained.



Put eggplant into a bowl and cover with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. If you like it a little less potent, cut the vinegar with some water. I do not cut mine because I like it to be bold. Let eggplant sit in vinegar for 3 hours, stirring every now and then.

Strain vinegar out of bowl and gently squeeze the eggplant. Cover eggplant with garlic infused olive oil (regular is fine too), fresh chopped garlic, herbs, red pepper  flakes or whole red pepper, and herbs. I use basil,  parsley, and rosemary.

I store mine in mason jars on the counter and they are fine, but this stuff doesn’t last long around me! I suggest you follow proper canning procedures if you make a large batch or if you would like to store it for a long period of time. It is amazing on some fresh baked crusty bread! Scroll all the way down for my favorite easy bread recipe.


Snack in hand-Check! Let’s talk real estate now, shall we?

What is a Hubbard Clause?

It is also known as a “property sale contingency” and it protects a buyer who has to sell their own home before buying the seller’s home. In other words, it’s a condition in the sales contract that says “In order to buy your house, I have to sell mine first because I cannot afford (or don’t want to pay) two mortgages”.

Of course, the seller can decline the offer if they don’t like the contingency. However, there isn’t much risk in accepting the offer with the contingency, because the seller will also still show their home to other prospective buyers. If they get another offer that they want to accept instead of the original one with the Hubbard, they have to go back to the first contract with the contingency and give them 2 days to prove they can remove it and afford both mortgages if their home doesn’t sell before closing on the new one. If the buyers cannot do that, the contract is terminated and the seller can move forward with the alternative one.

As a buyer using the Hubbard, you are kind of at the mercy of the seller. They will most likely want asking or very close to asking price, and that still doesn’t guarantee that your home will sell before another offer comes across the table.



I found this super easy crusty bread recipe on Pinterest a while ago from Ciao Florentina and it has never failed me- try it!



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