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Sun-dried Tomatoes and Tomato Powder

Easily make sun-dried tomatoes at home
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Home made, Sundried
Cuisine: International Cuisine
Author: anjanaskc

Ingredients

  • 2 kg Tomatoes
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper powder/ kali mirch
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil

Instructions

  • 1- SUN-DRYING METHOD
  • Wash and wipe tomatoes with a kitchen napkin.
    Cut tomatoes in halves and if they are too big then chop them into quarters.
  • You can scoop out the seeds, but this is optional. I didn’t remove the seeds.
  • Spread tomatoes on a big plate or tray.
  • Arrange them in a single layer and with some distance from each other.
  • Sprinkle a little salt, pepper and dried basil over the tomato pieces.
  • Cover the tomato tray with a fine muslin cloth or a net.
  • Keep the tray in direct sun light .It will take 4-6 days depend upon the weather and size of tomatoes.
  • When they have dried completely, they have a chewy raisin-like texture.
  • Once dried, store them in zip lock bags and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • You can also add in a glass jar and pour olive oil to cover the pieces completely.
  • 2- DRYING IN THE OVEN
  • Follow the same method till step 5.
  • Preheat oven on 160 degree centigrade and spread the chopped tomatoes in a baking tray.
  • Spread in a single layer and with some gap between the pieces
  • Cook for 8-12 hours depends on the size and thickness of the tomatoes and your oven
  • When the pieces cool down completely then store in a zip lock bag.
  • Keep refrigerated or preserve in olive oil.

Notes

  • Try to use tomatoes which have more flesh than juice.
  • Removing seeds is optional – can do both ways.
  • You can use any herb of your choice to season the tomatoes with – oregano, basil, thyme etc.
  • You may skip adding the salt, pepper and spices and choose to make plain sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Unlike many other vegetables, tomatoes do not become crisp after drying – they have chewy texture like prunes or raisins.
  • When they become dry and crisp you can grind the pieces to make tomato powder.