Drying tomatoes just makes sense to us. Tomatoes by nature are highly perishable and seasonal. They are used for flavoring and take a lot of room to store whole. You can enjoy the flavor using dried tomato products and make them at home for a fraction of the cost of store bought. If you are a gardener this is ideal for preserving super small batches as all you have to do is slice and place in the dehydrator a few at a time instead of cranking up the canner.
- tomatoes of any kind
- Cut and slice your tomatoes. Choose fresh and un bruised fruit only
- Place on dryer trays allowing room for air to pass from layer to layer
- Dry at 140 deg F until crispy.
- Store in mason jars for 10 days to check for any moisture developing signifying that they need to be dried a little more. This is called seasoning.
- Once seasoned, you can store in mason jars or vacuum pack. Make sure to label your container with packed date and contents.
Once dried and packaged, you can throw in a handful into a quick soup or sauce in a fraction of the time of slicing fresh. They make good healthy snacks as well.