Sun dried tomatoes are a great treat. You can buy sun-dried tomatoes or dry tomatoes yourself should you have access to a bumper crop. Either way, you can enjoy the rich, musky flavor of a sun dried tomato all year round.
You should be able to find dehydrated tomatoes in your local health-oriented grocery store. However, if you are shopping online, this is a well-priced organic dried tomato that you can grab from our Amazon partner here. These are dried in a dehydrator — a popular method of drying. However, here we describe the process for drying them in the heat of the summer outside.
To make your own, watch the sun dried tomatoes video on YouTube or follow the instructions below.
You may be tempted to store your sun dried tomatoes in an air-tight container in a cool place but you will save them longer if you freeze them or store them in olive oil. If you have dried a bounty of tomatoes, you may want to try both storage methods to give you some variety.
To freeze your sun dried tomatoes, simply place them in a gallon-size freezer bag and place them in the freezer. The should remain fairly loose from one another allowing you to pull a handful out as you need them.
Storing your tomatoes in olive oil and placing it in the refrigerator is a great option as well. You can simply place the entire tomato in olive oil or follow the instructions in the sun dried tomato video below to process your tomatoes before adding them to the oil. This method provides you with an exceptional tomato paste that you can use in soups and sauces.
Sun dried tomatoes are a great way to preserve tomatoes for use all year long.
If the tomatoes are dusty, rinse them well and allow them to dry.
Slice tomatoes in half and lay them out to dry, cut side up.
Arrange the slices on a tray for your dehydrator or on a tray you can use outside in the sun (such as a cookie sheet).
If you are sun-drying, cover them with plastic wrap to keep the birds away.
If you are sun-drying, find the warmest spot outside to dry them. (Place them in your dehydrator if you are using a dehydrator.)
Check for doneness every couple of days. The drying time will depend on temperatures and humidity. They are done with they are "leathery."
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