If you garden and preserve a lot of food, sooner or later you face the problem of all those who tread the same path before you. Where do you store it all? The freezers are full. Those special shelves you installed for canned goods are full. The pantry is bursting at the seams.
Dehydrating is wonderful: Dried fruits and vegetables take so little space and require no energy source once they reached the dehydrated state. Here is a further boon. Consider powdering dehydrated vegetables to use as a powder.
This season we set aside some of our dried tomatoes for powder. The powder is beautiful! The color and texture of tomato powder deserves admiring eyes — ours sits on an open shelf in the kitchen.
The powder is lovely but is it useful? Follow along as we explore this question. This is what we do know:
Here are some ideas for enjoying your tomato powder:
Make your own tomato powder from your sun dried tomatoes!
Place dried tomatoes in the freezer until frozen.
Once frozen, transfer them to the blender immediately. (When they are frozen, they will be brittle and will grind up well.)
Grind the tomatoes in the blender.
Store in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
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