First batch of home-made Sundried tomatoes
We have been blessed with a bountiful tomato harvest this year. I wanted to try to make some sun-dried tomatoes. I found that most sun-dried tomatoes that we buy in the stores are actually dehydrated in machines not in the sun. We rarely find true sun-dried tomatoes in shops today. I went on-line and read how to make them. The finished product is our first batch that is in the glass bowl. I have already started the second batch as you can see in the picture.
I cut the blemishes off the tomatoes, after I washed them in vinegar and water bath 3 times. I sliced the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick. I seasoned them lightly with salt, garlic powder, ground oregano and ground basil. It took a little more than 24 hours for these to dry. The instructions I read said 6-12 hours. They were using plum or cherry tomatoes. I am using beef tomatoes thus the longer drying time.
* Air dry the tomatoes for two days after you remove them from the dehydrator. I placed a cloth draped over the bowl while they air-dried. You can place them in a jar with a lid. Place them jar in a dry cool dark cabinett.
* Another page I read said after two days of air drying put them in a ziplock bag in the freezer until I want to use them.
Suggestions on how to use Sun-dried tomatoes
*You can re-hydrate them in water and pat dry the water off them. You then could put them in a food processor which makes tomato paste. You might need to add a little water to them.
* You can re-hydrate the tomatoes and dry the water off and place them in virgin olive oil in a glass jar with a lid. Then place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.
One page I read said that if you don’t have an electric dehydrater or a solar one , that you could put the tomatoes on a deep cookie sheet and place them on your dashboard of your car. You might need to place a container under one end to make it level. How many times have you said in the summer time that your car is as hot as an oven. If you didn’t want it to smell like spaghetti or pizza just omit the oregano and basil. You would want to place your car in the sun all day. You would have to bring them in during the night and place them back out on the dashboard for a second day to completely dry them.