Tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes. I have tomatoes coming out my ears! More tomatoes than we can eat, give away and make into sauce for the freezer. So I thought… how else can I preserve these summer beauties?
How about drying them out?!
We have a dehydrator for making jerky when Nick is on a hunting kick, but I’ve never dried anything but meat in it. I keep wanting to try dried fruit, but then never get around to it. Sun-dried tomatoes were my first experiment! (Tomatoes technically are a fruit, after all.)
The tomatoes took a lot longer than I thought they would, but they were totally worth the wait. They are so flavorful and delicious. They’re like little tomato raisins and I’ve been popping them like candy. Though they are great on their own, I can’t wait to try them in a recipe!
I used cherry tomatoes because I had soooo many of them and they aren’t good for making sauce– but you could pretty much use any kind of tomato here. If I used something bigger, I would probably de-seed them.
How to Make Homemade Sun-Dried Cherry Tomatoes
- ~3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp Italian Seasoning (or a mix of your favorite dried herbs: basil, oregano, sage, etc)
In a large bowl, toss halved cherry tomatoes with olive oil, salt and herbs.
Place cherry tomatoes cut-side up on the racks of your dehydrator.
Turn on the dehydrator (mine does not have heat settings, but if yours does, set it to 135-140 degrees). Depending on the temperature and efficiency of your dehydrator and the water content of your tomatoes, it make take 6 to 12 hours to completely dry your tomatoes. Flip the tomatoes after 5 hours and continue checking them every couple hours after that. Leave the tomatoes in the dehydrator until they are completely dry.
Now it’s time to eat them! Enjoy as is, sprinkled on salads, tossed in pastas, blitzed into pesto… the possibilities are endless!
What’s your favorite way to eat sun-dried tomatoes? Any recipe suggestions for me? Have you ever made dried fruits or veggies?