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Minnesota Food Dehydration: Roma or Cherry Tomatoes With an Oil and Spice Coating

Updated on November 27, 2016

Tomatoes That Are Cut in Half

Sliced in half
Sliced in half | Source

Time and Tomatoes

Drying tomatoes can be done in the oven or dehydrator. I used my oven for this batch and it is an easy way to process the excesses of tomatoes that I get from my garden.

It is simple to do. I picked the tomatoes and let them finish ripening in the house. I have some cookie cooling racks that I re-appropriated use for. A baking sheet with tin foil to catch my olive oil that drips off my drying tomatoes underneath the cooling racks and I am prepared to start.

The main sequence is wash, cut off end, cut in half, place in bowl, coat with oil, place on cooling rack, salt, season and then bake for 5 - 8 hours in a slow oven. 250 degrees.

It's Easier Than Blanching and Peeling

Many times in the past, I have blanched, peeled and frozen tomatoes. This is so much easier. Once they are out of the oven, there are many new uses for them. For example: if you eat a B.L.T., you can use an oven dried tomato instead of a fresh slice.

You will notice the difference, since the oven dried slice will have a flavor punch. The flavor of these oven dried slices is very intense. The juices dehydrate and what is left is the acidic quality of the tomato. The sea salt and Seasoned Salt that was used, enhances the tomato flavor.

Another suggestion was to place the frozen pieces on a frozen pizza and to bake them on the top.

Roma and Cherry is What I Have Tried With Success

Roma tomatoes have been good oven dried. I tried it with cherry tomatoes this time.

How About You?

How do you like your tomatoes?

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Lots of Cherry Tomatoes

So ripe they burst
So ripe they burst | Source

Lots of Roma Tomatoes

Most of these are not ready. A couple of days and they will turn red
Most of these are not ready. A couple of days and they will turn red | Source

Just Slice in Half

Roma
Roma | Source

Coat With Olive Oil

Pour olive oil on them
Pour olive oil on them | Source

Coat Evenly

Move the tomatoes about to get olive oil spread out
Move the tomatoes about to get olive oil spread out | Source

Place on Cookie Sheet on Rack

Skin side down like little boat
Skin side down like little boat | Source

Coat With Sea Salt and Spices

Sea Salt and Mediterranean Seasoned Salt
Sea Salt and Mediterranean Seasoned Salt | Source

Stack Up and Do Multiple Racks

The extra oil will drip to the bottom
The extra oil will drip to the bottom | Source

Place in Oven

250 Degrees for 5 - 8 hours
250 Degrees for 5 - 8 hours | Source

Place in Plastic Storage Bags and Freeze

Ready to freeze and eat later
Ready to freeze and eat later | Source

Did You Try It? Any Success?

Cast your vote for oven dried tomatoes

In Summary

I found this method of drying tomatoes to be quite simple and the oohs and ahhs from the family made it all worth it.

Here They Are 8 Hours Later

Done!
Done! | Source

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