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Homemade sun (oven) dried tomatoes

I had an abundance of tomatoes from the garden and wasn’t sure what to do with them before they lost their freshness. I decided to make “sun dried” tomatoes but using the oven.

Fresh tomatoes needing some attention

The procedure is so easy but just requires many hours in a low oven until they have concentrated their flavors.

Here is what to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees with the rack in the center position
  • Slice your tomatoes (easier to do with a serrated knife) into 1/4 inch rounds. Try to slice them into even sizes so they cook at the same rate.
  • Assemble a cookie cooling rack on top of a sheet pan
  • Place the tomatoes onto a cookie cooling rack, evenly spaced, to allow for air circulation.
  • Put the tray of tomato slices onto the center rack inside the oven for approximately 8 to 10 hours, checking for consistency.
  • You want the tomatoes to be dehydrated with that rich chewy sun dried tomato consistency.
  • Allow them to cool and remove to a jar drizzling them with olive oil to cover.

Use them on salads, in marinades, and sandwiches. Delicious.

Tomatoes sliced into 1/4 inch rounds

Rich concentrated sun (oven) dried tomatoes

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