Sun-Dried Tomatoes

One of my favorite things about summer is growing a vegetable garden. This was an exceptionally good year. You see, I had an abundance of tomatoes. I used some of the green tomatoes to make pickled green tomatoes, which by the way were delicious! But what does that have to do with making sun-dried tomatoes? Glad you asked, keep reading…

In July, I went on a two week vacation to visit my family in Chicago. Upon my return, I found a large harvest of ripe Roma tomatoes waiting to be picked. Of course, I had no intention of letting all those beautiful tomatoes to go to waste. So today, I pulled out my food dehydrator and made some “sun-dried” tomatoes.

If you want to make sun-dried tomatoes, but don’t own a dehydrator, you can simply roast the tomatoes in the oven (200 degrees for 6-8 hours) depending on the size of the tomatoes. Or you can do as the name suggests, and dry them out in the sun. Just be sure to cover them with cheesecloth, to keep the pests off. This method will take up to two or three days.

Goes Good With

Zucchini Lasagna


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Sun-Dried Tomatoes
tomatoes
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
jars
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 8 hours
Servings
jars
Ingredients
tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Pick tomatoes, then wash and dry them.
    tomatoes
  2. Slice the tomatoes in half. Carefully remove the seeds without removing the pulp in-between the seeds. Arrange the tomatoes on a cookie sheet.
    tomatoes
  3. Sprinkle the tomatoes with sea salt, basil and oregano. You can also use other herbs that you prefer such as rosemary or thyme.
    sliced herbed tomatoes
  4. Place the tomatoes on the dehydrator trays, allowing some room between the tomatoes for air circulation. Follow the temperature and times suggested by your dehydrator.
    dehydrated tomatoes
  5. It took my dehydrator eight hours to dehydrate the tomatoes to the right consistency. You don't want the tomatoes to be too dry. They should still be somewhat pliable.
    dehydrator
  6. Divide the tomatoes between two sterilized jars. Peel the garlic and cut in half, then divide between the jars.
    sun dried tomatoes
  7. Pour the olive oil over the tomatoes, making sure they are completely submerged. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.
    jarred tomatoes
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