Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sun Dried Tomatoes in a Dehydrator

I love dehydrating things. This year I saved up my money and invested in a 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator! It has been fun drying new things with it. We plant a huge garden at my parents house each year. Among the things we planted were over 200 tomato plants. We plant about 50 different varieties!

So what do you do with the abundance of all the grape, cherry, and pear variety of tomatoes? You can only eat so many salads, right?

Don't ask me all the names of these. I don't know! My mom does though, they own a small family green house and sell the plants. I just help plant and water!

I slice the washed small tomatoes in half and put them cut side up on my dehydrator trays. Lightly spray with a vegetable oil spray of your choice. I used Canola spray because that is what I had. These would be great with Olive Oil spray. Then lightly sprinkle with herbs of your choice. I used Italian Seasoning.

Then put them into your dehydrator set on vegetable setting. My dehydrator has vegetables set at 125 degrees Fahrenheit. You could go as high as 135. But you don't want to go any higher than that. Dry until firm, but not brittle. If they feel squishy they still have too much water in them. This will take 10  - 30 hours depending on the thickness of your tomatoes. I pulled them off the trays as they got dry. 

I started with 2 1/2 trays of tomatoes and got a little less than 2 cups. 

They are so delicious. Yes I did try one. They can be used in baked goods or thrown into soups and allowed to rehydrate. They smell so good and keep that beautiful red and yellow color!

Store the sun dried tomatoes in an air tight container. You can also put them in a cute jar and give them away as gifts! I make these chalk paint jars out of recycled jars! I will have to post a tutorial the next time I make a batch of them!

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