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Topic: Dried Tomatoes - great way to store an end of summer harvest!  (Read 945 times)
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« on: September 27, 2013 12:00:09 PM »

Because we were moving, I decided not to try to grow anything this past summer. It was kind of a sad decision for me to make, but it didn't make sense to put a lot of time into a garden that we would leave just before harvest. So I was happily surprised when a volunteer tomato plant popped up in the garden at our new house. This little plant has been awesome! On Sunday, I picked over 2 pounds of grape tomatoes and today I picked another pound.

I'm not a huge fan of raw tomatoes, though my husband can eat them by the handful. So I decided to dry them. It concentrates the flavors and you can use them like sun dried tomatoes. I like to chop them up and sprinkle them on macaroni and cheese.

**I used the dehydrator this time, but you can also make them in the oven.**

It's so stupid easy that you don't even need a recipe. Just wash your tomatoes, cut them (little ones like grape and cherry can just be cut in half), and then space them with some room in between on the racks of a dehydrator, set it for vegetables (about 135 degrees Fahrenheit) and wait until they're dried out and leathery. This batch took about 18 hours. Store them in a freezer bag in the freezer, and you'll have them through the winter, if you can avoid eating them all at once!

Mr. McFluffypants wants some, too! Grin

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013 05:55:59 PM »

Hmmm, my dehydrator doesn't have a temp gauge.  It's either on or off ... I may have to try this, though, and see how it works out!
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2013 08:06:01 PM »

I say go for it! Maybe just check them every couple, three hours. Smiley Though, honestly, I completely forgot about them towards the end and probably could have pulled them out a few hours before I did, so I think they're pretty flexible as far as timing.

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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2013 06:45:20 AM »

I hope you stay in the immediate area. We live in the same city.

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2013 02:38:57 PM »

Ooooh, great idea.  I LOVE sun dried tomatoes, so I know these would be my best friend.

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2013 05:11:17 AM »

These look awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

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