I also decided to make up some tomato powder. Tomato powder is pretty expensive to buy. It runs about $8.00-$15.00 a pound but you can make it for free with your excess tomatoes. If you have never used tomato powder, you are missing out. Tomato powder really adds a lot of flavor to soups, stews, casseroles, etc. If you need to add tomato paste or tomato sauce to a recipe, you can reconstitute the tomato powder and make your own paste or sauce. If you need tomato paste, just add 1-2 parts water to 1 part paste. For tomato sauce, use four parts water to one part tomato powder.
One of the best things about tomato powder is it is a great way to preserve tomatoes, the nutritional value does not diminish and just a heaping tablespoon of tomato powder equals about a pint of fresh tomatoes (when it comes to adding taste and flavor to a dish).
Lay your sliced tomatoes onto your dehydrator tray.
Turn on your dehydrator and let the tomatoes dry until they are brittle and no moisture remains (anywhere from 12-18 hours).
Now take the dried tomatoes and place in your Magic Bullet or spice grinder. Turn it on and "pulse" the tomatoes until they turn into a fine powder.
Store in a mason jar. Kept in your pantry, they have a shelf life up to 15 years.
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