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Friday, August 22, 2014

Make Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes

   Okay, I confess.  They really aren't "sun-dried" tomatoes but they taste JUST like them.  I use my dehydrator instead and they turn out super yummy.  AND they cost a lot less than buying them at the supermarket.  Wow, they are expensive to buy (about $7 a pound).


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     All you have to do is use fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes (or buy some tomatoes) and then using a sharp knife cut the tomato into tomato slices.  At this point you can put the pieces on the dehydrator and leave them plain or sprinkle them with salt, pepper, basil and any other spice you desire. 


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    You can cut the ends of of the tomatoes and slice the tomato into wedges.  Scoop out the seeds and lay the wedges on the dehydrator tray and season as you desire and dehydrate them this way.   Both ways work equally well it is just a matter of preference of how you like your sun dried tomatoes to be shaped.

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Sliced pieces of tomatoes and tomato wedges.

   Dehydrate about 5-8 hours, depending upon the thickness of the tomatoes.  They should be feel about like a raisin.  They should be leathery and not sticky.

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Once they are dry, store in a sealed mason jar.

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    We love doing this to have as a snack and to have nice, yummy tomatoes in the winter time.

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