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Make Your Own Sun Dried Tomatoes!

Blog Date: 2017-06-06
Author: aflorian

Ciao tutti!

Who doesn't love sun dried tomatoes?! You can pop them on a sandwich, add them to a pasta dish, lay them out with olives and cold cuts for a nice antipasto dish, or just eat them plain!  But have you ever made them yourself?  Today we're showing you how and you may never buy them again! 

What you'll need:
  • 8 lbs. fresh, ripe Roma tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • Capa di Roma EVOO
  • dehydrator
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 170 degrees F. Cut all your tomatoes in half and remove the seeds.  You don't want pieces longer than a couple inches, so quarter them if necessary.

Step 2: In a small mixing bowl, combine your salt, and dried spices.  

Step 3: Arrange your tomatoes with the cut side up on a non-stick, large baking sheet.  Do not use aluminum foil!  Sprinkle your salt and spice mixture over them.  Bake in the oven for about 3 hours.  We suggest leaving the oven door open a bit to let moisture leave while the tomatoes dry.

Step 4: Flip your tomato halves over, and bake again at the same temperature for another 2-3 hours, checking regularly.

Step 5: In your dehydrator, set your tomatoes down cut side up at 140 degrees.  Let cook for about 4 hours.  Check tomatoes and flip every 3-4 hours.  Total time in the dehydrator should be around 8 hours.  You also have the option of sun drying them.  This can take approximately 3 days and must be done in dry, hot weather.

Step 6: Be sure to enjoy with some delicious olive oil and buon appetito!