"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Method: Sun-Dried Tomatoes

My co-worker came through with more tomato's! And of course, pressed for time as usual, I decided to try and make 'sun-dried tomatoes' this time since the majority of the process all happens while I sleep!

I can't take credit for this idea - I spied it over on Food in Jars! And Marisa's defintely look nicer than mine, that is for sure :)

One thing I learned, that I believe Marisa touches on in her post, is to try and keep the slices uniform in size so they 'cook down' at the same rate.

I had some slices that took longer than others, which turned out to be a tad of a pain in the morning, when I was expected to just take them all out and store them! I had to keep waiting on a few to schrivel!

As Marisa suggests, I put these in a 200 degree oven for 12 hours (like I said, a tad longer on some if the thicker slices). I didn't see any issue in running my oven overnight but some people gawked when I told them I had my oven going all night long?? Who knows, maybe I will gawk too when the next electric bill comes!


Once they cooled, I threw them into a Mason jar and into the freezer. I suppose I could have zipped them into baggies with the FoodSaver, however, this is my first time doing this and who knows what portion sizes I will need when. So, though my freezer space is at a premium (read: we have no freezer space!), one quart sized mason jar seems to be fitting just fine!

Do you dry out any tomatoe's? What is your method?


Jill said...

I've never tried this but it looks easy and they look great!

Sue from Ky. said...

I haven't tried tomatoes, but I do dry things, but mostly, so as not to need to use the freezer. I have been pulling things out of my freezer and canning them. Folks all around the globe are trying to use less electricity with the bills getting so bad. I am giving away one of my freezers today.I is a hard pill for me to swallow. Freezing everything has been so handy for me,for so many years.

Susan said...

It's a wonderful way to preserve the abundance of tomatoes! I wish I had the fields of tomatoes my grandparents used to plant to do this. I'm putting tomatoes on my list when I go to the Farmer's Market this weekend. Happy Preserving!
P.S. How about some tomato jam too! XOXO

Debi said...

I never considered doing this, but it looks pretty simple. Of course, I have no more tomatoes, but will put this on my back burner for next year.

Mary said...

Those look like they turned out beautifully. I use my dehydrator normally for most any fruits and vegetables, but this seems to work great as well. Nice job!

Vanessa said...

I keep wanting to try to make my own sun dried tomatoes but I used canned tomatoes more often so it seems a better to can what I have and then just buy the sun dried ones when I need them.