Make Your Own :: Sun-Dried Tomatoes

**Post by guest blogger Gretchen Kingsley*

Do you remember how my garden looks?

Yep. One BIG mess. Basically all tomatoes. Most of them aren’t staked which makes picking difficult. 

But the tens…well, actually hundreds…of cherry tomatoes kept staring me down and I eventually gave into the picking with 2 fussy kids by my side. Fun, fun, fun!

I eventually ran out of somewhat fussy kid time (and entered full-blown kids falling apart time) before I was even close to running out of tomatoes to pick.

I was initially thrilled about my bounty until I realized I had to do something with them. We like eating them like candy and Isa calls them “apples” (she LOVES apples) but there were WAY TOO MANY to just eat.

Enter food dehydrator…and I now have sun-dried tomatoes that will provide the perfect garden sweetness in the middle of the winter.

And if you don’t have a dehydrator, your oven will work just fine.

RECIPE :: SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

Cut cherry tomatoes in half

Place on dehydrator sheets (or cookie sheets if using your oven BUT you will have to turn them occasionally to expose both sides) cut side up.

Dry at 140 degrees for 3 to 8 hours in your food dehydrator or set your oven to the lowest possible temperature. It will take longer in your oven (10-15 hours). Your tomatoes are done when they are pliable like raisins.

To save space I placed them all in ziploc bags to store in the freezer. When I’m ready to use them, I will take out my desired amount and place them in olive oil seasoned with basil, thyme, oregano, and minced garlic. Let them sit for a couple of days in the refrigerator or use immediately over pasta or other favorite dish.

Yummy!

What are your favorite recipes to use sun-dried tomatoes in?

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12 Responses to “Make Your Own :: Sun-Dried Tomatoes”
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  1. Meranda

    I was acutally wondering how to do this the other day! Thank you so much!

  2. Yolanda

    I like using mine in salads and on pizza mainly. I used paste tomatoes and did the same thing. They are so nice! I had not thought of using the cherry tomatoes and like yours, they went crazy this year!

  3. I love sun dried tomatoes! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Cornerstone. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Thank you so much for this! I love sun dried tomatoes, and have an abundance from my garden to use. I can’t wait to try this. My dehydrator isn’t as nice as yours is though 🙂

  5. I just love this post and sundried tomatoes too! I think my readers would love it. Would you mind linking up to our blog hop?

  6. I call that a gardening success! Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday!

  7. What a great way to use up my sweet 100’s that are overflowing in my garden. Thanks for sharing this over at Whole Foods Wednesday 🙂 ~ Halle

  8. For those who don’t have a dehydrator, you can also do this in your oven at a very low temp (170-190). I did this with a batch marinated in olive oil and pressed garlic last week and they came out terrific!

  9. PK

    What brand/model of dehydrator is that??!!

 

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