Cooks Illistrated has a method where you salt very thick sliced eggplant and dehydrate it by putting it in the microwave for 10 minutes. The salt just brushes right off after the eggplant cools. This prevents the eggplant from sucking up oil. My husband grills our eggplant in the simmer from our garden and I frreze it for winter use. It is so nice to have it all done, you just defrost and put it together for whatever dish you want. Growing your own is fun but buying in season and freezing saves lots of money.