Make ‘Better than Sun-Dried Tomatoes’ at Home

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My finished, home-made dried tomatoes <3

Okay, so these are not real sun-dried tomatoes. However, in my opinion they taste so much better. They taste like candy and are easy to make.

You just need tomatoes and a dehydrator. Because you will need a lot of tomatoes, I recommend that you either grow them yourself or buy them straight from a local farm by the box or bushel (48lbs). In the past, I have purchased bushels of tomatoes for $15-22 from a local organic farms. Visit localharvest.org to find organic local farms near you.

The most affordable time to dry your own tomatoes is towards the end of the summer when tomatoes are aplenty at local farms.

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1 peck of Roma tomatoes (about 10-12lbs) I picked up for $8 from Tait farms, an organic, local farm in central PA on August 13, 2016

The taste of your dried tomatoes will depend on the type of tomatoes you use. I have found that typical slicing or canning tomatoes taste like candy when you dry them, whereas Roma tomatoes have a deeper taste.  As a result, dried slicing tomatoes go well on salads, but dried Roma tomatoes are great in sauces or in recipes where you want that strong tomato taste. If you attempt to dry cherry tomatoes, I would cut them into 3 slices, instead of cutting them in half…otherwise, they may not dry properly.

Recipe: ‘Better than Sun-Dried Tomatoes’

  • 10-12lbs of tomatoes (or as many as you can get!)

Equipment

  • Knife, cutting board or plate, dehydrator

Instructions

  • Slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch slices. If your tomatoes are fairly large, it helps if you slice the tomatoes in half and then slice each half into 1/3 inch slices.

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  • Next, line the tomatoes on a dehydrator tray. Dehydrate the tomatoes at 145 degrees for 1 hour and then reduce the temperature to 105 degrees.

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  • Depending on the type of dehydrator you have, you might find it useful to keep one tray empty. I have noticed that when I use all of my trays to dehydrate tomatoes, the air circulation isn’t as good and a few tomatoes start to spoil as they are drying. Usually this happens to the tomatoes on the bottom tray.
  • Your tomatoes will take 2-2.5 days to dry completely.  Store the tomatoes in sealed jars or plastic bags.

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That’s it!

Enjoy and comment below! Share this recipe and be sure to like my page 🙂

-Brandi

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