Oven Dried Tomatoes
Oven dried tomatoes. How to oven dry tomatoes. Best tomato varieties for home oven drying. Paste and plum tomatoes.
Paste tomatoes (also called plum tomatoes) are the best types of tomatoes to use when oven drying tomatoes. This is because they are meatier, less seedy, and drier than other kinds of tomatoes.
How long it takes your home oven to dry tomatoes will depend largely upon how much moisture is in the fruit to begin with. The less juicy the tomato, the quicker it will dehydrate.
Best Varieties for Oven Drying Tomatoes
Three of the best varieties for making dried tomatoes are Roma, Amish Paste and San Marzano. Roma is an old, standard paste tomato and the San Marzano tomato is an Italian heirloom tomato. San Marzano tomatoes are sweeter and less acid than Romas. Amish Paste tomatoes are a larger, more flavorful Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom.
How to Oven Dry Tomatoes
Home drying tomatoes is really easy.
You will need at least 5 lbs. of vine ripe tomatoes or however many will fit into your oven at one time.
Wash and dry the fruit. Remove the stem scar with a paring knife and cut each tomato in half lengthwise. Arrange the tomato halves on wire baking racks so that they are skin side down and not touching each other.
You can sprinkle a little of your favorite finely ground sea salt on the tomatoes at this time if you like. I prefer Himalayan pink.
Bake in a 200 degree oven until they become leathery but not brittle.
Check the fruit often and remove individual tomatoes as they reach the proper stage of dehydration. This can take anywhere from 6-12 hours so do it on a day you plan to be at home.
Set the oven dried tomatoes on racks to cool before transferring them into zip lock bags or glass jars with lids. The dry tomatoes will keep for up to a year.
How to Reconstitute Dried TomatoesThis takes about half an hour.
Place the dry tomatoes in a glass or ceramic bowl. Pour boiling water over the tomatoes to cover them. After 30 minutes, remove the fruit from the water with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to drain.
Save the water to use in soups or gravies. I sometimes even use it to cook rice. It is chock full of tomato nutrition.
Cut the tomatoes up and use them in pasta recipes or in salads. And you need not restrict them to garden salads--they blend nicely into chicken or tuna salad as well.
You can also reconstitute dried tomatoes in olive oil as long as you remember to cover them with the oil 24 hours before you plan to use them. The remaining tomato infused oil can be used in pasta dishes.
How to Sun Dry Tomatoes
How to sun dry tomatoes. Sun drying tomatoes safely. When to forgo the sun drying of tomatoes and make oven dried tomatoes instead. Best tomato varieties for home drying.
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