Sun Dried Tomatoes are available in the market! But, why to shell out so many extra bucks when you can easily make a fresh batch of these at home? So, today, read my recipe to Homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes in no time!
Most of all, these tomatoes are basically finely ripe tomatoes that lose all moisture under the sun. Though, tomatoes are easily available there are times when good ones are not available. That is when you could use these dried tomatoes for making gravies, Garlic, Herb, Cheese Quick Bread With Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes and more dishes.
How to make Sun Dried Tomatoes?
As, we had a huge open space in front of the house during my childhood my parents loved making Sundried Tomatoes . With a beautiful manicured lawn in the center and flower beds all around, there was enough space left to grow all sort of veggies including tomatoes.
During the season when tomatoes were harvested in bulk, my mom used to make the most of them by making bottles of ketchup, tomato relish.
Moreover, the remaining tomatoes were cut into thin slices and dried in the strong summer sun to make Sun Dried Tomatoes . These came in really handy when during the peak summers, tomatoes disappeared from the markets.
Because the process of making them at home is really simple, I guess you must surely try it out. Follow these steps:
- Start by cutting cherry tomatoes into havles. You may use other type of tomatoes as well.
- Now, take a cookie sheet or a pan and spread the thin tomato slices on them.
- Later, sprinkle salt on them and place the tomatoes in the sun.
- Do read my recipe for full process.
You may also use olive oil to store this dried tomatoes once they are ready or you could keep them just as it is.
How to use Sun Dried Tomatoes?
Most important to share: These tomatoes come really handy while making spreads, Aioli, Tapenade, Quiche, Vinaigrette, Dips, Alfredo Sauce, Pasta, Pesto, Chicken dishes and even Hummus.
How To make Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes - 2 kg
- Salt - 1 tsp
- If cherry tomatoes are not available you can use the regular tomatoes and cut them in thin slices.
- Wash the tomatoes and cut them into halves.
- Arrange them in a single layer in a few baking trays or plates with the cut side up.
- Sprinkle salt on top.
- Keep the trays in the sun for 2 to 3 days till the tomatoes are dried completely.
- Cover the tray with a light muslin cloth.
- Keep the trays inside during the night and then again put them in the sun the next day.
- Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to an year.
- You can also store a few in a glass jar covered with olive oil.
- Add a sprig or two of rosemary in the jar to give a nice herby flavor.
- The ones stored in olive oil can be kept at room temperature in a dry area away from sunlight.
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