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Oven-Dried Tomatoes: Homemade



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One would think it is too late to preserve tomatoes.  But I did it and now I have a jar full of dried tomatoes soaking in olive oil. Homemade at its best; within the easy reach whenever I need it.

When I found the  juicy ripe on the vine tomatoes, for a minimal price at this time of the year, I kind of went bonkers and bought a lot. And a lot means a seriously big lot. I could almost brand myself as a hoarder.

oven/sun dried tomatoes

This is Texas, and the warm pleasant weather continues and chases the winter. We are fortunate to still get fresh produce. So I got a bagful,  (no I am not telling how much) and marked off another one in my to do list: sun (not really).. oven dried tomatoes. I guess I could have used the sun to make a bigger batch when we had the relentless summer heat for 3 months. The sun has mellowed and is definitely not strong enough to dry the tomatoes. But the oven saves the life.

So why take all that trouble and make dried tomatoes at home during the winter time? Because there is immense pleasure and satisfaction in making your own…It is that simple.

oven/sun dried tomatoes



Wondering what you would do with them? There is plenty to choose from!

oven dried tomatoes

A very quick and easy (a bit time consuming.. but that is okay, right?) recipe, with endless possibilities to perk up any meal.



Oven-Dried Tomatoes


Ingredients: (makes approx. 2 cups)

  1. 5 lbs ripe tomatoes
  2. coarse sea salt
  3. a sprinkle of raw sugar
  4. freshly ground black pepper
  5. any herb you want to use (Optional)
  6. garlic cloves (Optional)
  7. approx. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + more oil to use when preserving them in jar



Preparation:

Preheat the oven to about 200 F.

Slice the tomatoes, or halve them, depending on the size. The thicker  they are, the longer they will take to dry. I have used large vine ripe tomatoes and have sliced them into 3-4 slices, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick each. Do not slice them too thin, or they will dry out too much and harden.

If you want you can remove some of the seeds; it won’t hurt to leave them on, except it will take longer to dry.  Sprinkle with salt and allow some of the juice to drain out, for about 30 minutes.

Toss all the other ingredients (except for the oil to use in the jar to store) with the tomatoes.

Place the tomatoes in a single layer on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment and cook in the oven at 200F-250F for about 4-6 hours or until all the juice has dried up and the tomatoes are dried and wrinkled but not hard,  more like a leathery texture. (might take longer depending on the kind of tomatoes and how juicy they are, so watch and decide when they are done). Turn over each slice 2-3 times during this process of drying, that way both sides are dried well. There should be no juice running, the sides will be shriveled and all the slices should have shrunken well. They should not be hard, be still bendable but not mushy.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely; save them in a clean sterilized jar completely covered well with extra virgin olive oil.

(Drying the tomatoes outdoors in the sun: If you want to sun dry them in the real sense.. spread out the sliced tomatoes in a single layer in full sun, taking them in at night and dry until they are of the right consistency. It is better to place the tomatoes on a screen so the air circulates between them and dries them better and quicker. The drying time/days might vary with the heat of the sun and the hours in the sun; any time between 3-10 days.)

Tips from Food and Wine: “Slide the blade of a knife along the side of each jar to release any air bubbles. Seal the jars and refrigerate for up to 2 months or freeze for up to 6 months.”



Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 4-6 hours

Difficulty Level: Easy

Yields: approx. 2 cups



sun/oven dried tomatoes




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16 comments to Oven-Dried Tomatoes: Homemade

  • Soaking the sun dried tomatoes in Olive..wonderful idea..will add herbs + garlic the next time I am drying mine. Beautiful clicks, Soma.

  • Radhika

    6 hrs in the oven, my goodness.. I would rather dry it in the sun. Though winter is officially here, it is still scorching during the day. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Lovely Clicks, Soma.

  • That is something I adore! A fabulous recipe (I make mine in a very similar way) and gorgeous clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Looks heavenly! I love sundried tomato but never tried drying it myself! With tomato prices getting as cheap as 1 or 2 rs a kilo and hours and hours of summer sun in South India, it’s a crime that I don’t make my own sundried tomatoes :D
    Beautiful photos…

  • I’m with Chinmayie! I love dried tomatoes but haven’t tried it myself yet. Looks easy and so delicious!

  • Dayeeta

    What wonderful pics..we love dried tomatoes a lot..never have enough sun here..
    So oven zindabad!!!!
    Cheers,
    D

  • I am guessing you bought more than 5lbs??? I am going to try it soon. Amma makes a pickle with it and it tastes super delicious.
    Great clicks Soma! loved the last one a lot.

  • Really this would go with many things….Bhishon shundor hoyeche pics gulo. Hey Soma I have posted rajhasthani meat along with your link. Parle eshe dekhe jeo , ami tomar feedback er wait korbo
    Deepa

  • Soma, these are just fabulous and so pretty – a jar of these would make a wonderful holiday gift! And I love dried tomatoes. Gorgeous.

  • The oven dried tomatoes looks so yummy!!! Lovely clicks as always :)

  • anh

    I will need this recipe once the tomato in my garden ripes! :)

  • Makes me wish the tomatoes we find here this time of year had more flavor. Will have to wait for summer!

  • Pia

    this is such a great post. i’ve been meaning to preserve plum tomatoes all summer, but i was too busy eating them. and now it’s 3 degrees outside!

  • Can’t wait to make this Soma. that tall jar of preserve is really tempting me!!

  • JC

    I would love to try out this recipe.

    May I ask did you add any herbs into your sun-dried tomatoes? If yes, what would be the best herbs to go with it? Did you add garlic cloves into yours? I love garlic. But so far the sun-dried tomatoes that I ate at our temple did not have garlic in it. So I am not certain if I should add. And if yes, do I need to dry the garlic too?

    You may add any herbs you want. My favorite is rosemary. and you may use fresh herbs along with the tomatoes when roasting them. Same goes with garlic. Garlic and herbs are optional but certainly may be added. No you do not need to dry the garlic. Add the garlic cloves midway between roasting or right from the beginning as it roasts in really low temperature. red chili flakes may be added too.

  • Thanks! I’m making these today with to many tomatoes and a recipe that calls for Sun Dried Tomatoes, PERFECT LOVE IT!

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