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Old 08-13-2007, 06:00 AM
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drying tomatoes

Has anyone dried tomatoes? I have jerky in my drier right now but have an over abunance of tomatoes at the moment and thought if I could dry them would be better than blanching them for the freezer.

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Old 08-13-2007, 06:42 AM
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I have dried tomatoes before. I found that the meater tomatoes like Romas dried better than your tomatoes that I use to eat or make juice with. Less water to dry up.
I freeze my tomatoes to make juice with in the winter when I have more time and don't mind heating the house up canning. I simply wash the tomatoes, cut out any bad spots, cut in quarters and place in gallon size freezer bags in the freezer. When I am ready to make tomatoe juice I simply get them out, let them thaw enough to get them out of the bag and them make juice like I normally would if they were fresh. Since I like to make a big batch when I am canning (I only like cleaning up the mess once), freezing my tomatoes as they ripen lets me make a big batch and not lose any tomatoes to spoiling.
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I cut them and put them in a dehydrator.
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You can cut the roma tomatoes in 1/4 length wise and layed on their skins on a baking tray, sprinkle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and cook in a slow oven for about 3hours to have your own semi dried tomatoes which go great in salads and are wonderful on a pizza.
Can be done with cherry an grape tomatoes cut in half as well. Store in the fridge for a week or you can do the good old Italian way and store in olive oil in a sealed jar for further use.
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