Monday, September 27, 2010

Sun Dried Tomatoes

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I don't know about you guys, but I had great luck with my tomatoes this year.  Here we are in the final week of September and my tomatoes are still going strong.  Even after bringing tomatoes in to work, and giving away to family, I still had more than I could eat.  I decided to try making sun dried tomatoes so that I could enjoy them later on this winter.  It was so easy - I'm really glad I tried it. 
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Slice tomatoes in half and place face down on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
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Bake at 150 degrees for 4 to 6 hours or until tomatoes are dried.
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Sorry - these aren't the most appetizing pictures!
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After the tomatoes cooled, I placed them in a single layer in freezer bags and put in the freezer.  They should last through the winter in the freezer.
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I'm looking forward to using these in pastas, pizzas, and salads this winter.
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14 comments:

Traci said...

I think I'll give that a try:)

alicia said...

Great idea. Wishin I had some tomato plants about now. Could you dehydrate them as well? Or would they not taste as yummy later? Thanks for linkin up to tasty tuesdays.

Pam said...

I didn't get one tomato this year. Not one! Ok..so I only had 2 little plants..but still! Something was out there eating away at them. Next year..my husband is building a fence around my raised bed! I think your pictures and tomatoes look beautiful! Enjoy..

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a great way to enjoy garden tomatoes all year round! I still have some cherry tomatoes on the vine, so I may have to try this. Thanks for the idea!

Hope you had a good Monday!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

We had tons of tomatoes too...but not this kind. But seeing how easy and fun it was to preserve them I think we may be giving it a whirl next year.

Meg said...

I had so many this year that I did the same thing with mine! Can't wait to use them all winter.

I saw Alicia's comment- I was at a food preservation workshop this year and they said you could dehydrate them and that they were great little snacks, toppings for pizza or mixed into pasta.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Oh, yum!

My tomatoes were awesome this year, as well. In fact, my post today pays homage to the yummy round fellows!

cooperl788 said...

What a great idea! I love this, and am going to try it with some of my farmer's market tomatoes.

The Twice Remembered Cottage said...

Oh my, your tomatoes are so beautiful and look so delicious! We LOVE tomatoes here and I finally grew some this year for the very first time. I ate tomato and mayo sandwiches all summer!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

YUM - and great idea! - we have a huge garden and we never do this for some reason - what the heck is wrong with me - ..

PS - come on by - my first GIVE-AWAY is going on - $45 worth of goodiness!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

LindyLouMac said...

It has been a very good year for tomatoes for us as well. We have dried, bottled and frozen loads. By the way I now have your badge on my Badge page :)

jess@notyouraveragemommy.com said...

These look lovely! I'm trying to like tomatoes, I really, really am. Let's just say I'm better than I used to be. ;) I guess I'm more of a sun dried raisins kind of gal!

Rustique Gal said...

Alyssa, I just did this at 225 degrees for about 3-4 hours and they turned out so GOOD, that I ate them all in a vegie stew. Well, I did freeze 4 quarts of the stew. They get so sweet and concentrated! Beautiful pictures!
Sherry

amandab said...

So looking forward to growing our own tomatoes this year and doing this :)

 

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