This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"sun-dried" tomatoes

sundried tomatoes IMG_7586

I have an inexpensive vegetable drier. It is great. We cut up and dried down two big bowls of tomatoes. At 135 F, most were ready after 12 hours, a few went about 5 hours longer. We packed them into several pint and half pint jars and covered them with olive oil. In the past, these have kept 6 months of more in the refrigerator.

tomatoes in a bowl IMG_7554 sun dried tomatoes IMG_7551



Blogger CHRIS said...

ooh. love this idea! we cannot seem to keep up with our cherry tomatoes this year! wonder if it would work with those...

September 01, 2016 9:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I've never tried drying cherry tomatoes. I don't know. They have more seed and skin than ithers. I actually think they are so watery that there'd be nothing left.

September 01, 2016 9:26 PM

Blogger Jan said...

This year I am trying freezing my dried tomatoes. I have read this works out fine when thawed or reconstituted. We'll see ....

September 02, 2016 9:14 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I freeze a lot of dehydrated fruit. If we're not going to eat it with about a week, it goes into the freezer. It just as good that way. Oranges, lots of pears last year. Btw, both of these are great in martinis. Not the tomatoes... I've never frozen them. Good idea. I've always put in oil and keep in the fridge. I think they'd last longer and take up less space in the freezer.

September 02, 2016 10:05 AM


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