View Full Version : Making Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Dehydrator
08-05-2008, 09:43 AM
Has anyone done this? I finally have a garden this year and I planted Roma tomatoes specifically for this purpose.
I've found about six sites with instructions, but they all say to set the dehydrator between 135 and 140.
08-05-2008, 09:46 AM
I did mine at 135 for an hour then at 105 for about 8 hours. They were still pretty squishy after that--I would have done them longer if you want leathery/cripsy ones!
08-05-2008, 10:06 AM
Thank you so much! I had wondered about starting them out at a higher temp, but wasn't sure about the time. Didn't want to mess them up since I've been anxiously waiting. :)
This was posted by Cherie (Rawkinloks) on a private forum, but I won't have a D here for a couple more weeks, so haven't tried it:
Get a bunch of tomatoes (I use Roma), slice them up, marinate in olive oil and maybe even some herbs and dehydrate them! You can store them in the fridge either in a container, ziploc or a jar of olive oil and pull out what you need, when you need them.
It's way cheaper and you KNOW what you're getting and don't have to wonder what temperature they were dried at, etc.
I think the oil helps it to keep longer, but I'm not sure about that. I don't know about the time -- but I guess it doesn't really matter if they're super crispy in recipes!
I happen to have just found where I can buy sundried tomatoes locally, but I cannot WAIT to make my own too! :)
08-05-2008, 10:49 AM
Oh, yeah I forgot to say I put herbs and sea salt on mine, too. Yes, I put it at 135 for an hour under the impression that the food won't really get that hot as it retains its coolness for awhile. Dehydrate them for a good, long time, you can always soak them if they're too hard (which is very tasty, anyway)!
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