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Solar Dehydrating Tomatoes, Step-by-Step

| 8/16/2012 11:58:21 AM

  Ripe Juliette tomatoes in container 

To get started on solar dehydrating tomatoes, cut them into smaller pieces. We usually cut ours in half. To speed the process along, you can also make a small slit in the back of the tomatoes. 

Then, place the tomatoes on your drying screen. You don't need to place them very strategically; just give them a little space. One full sheet should take two full days to dry. The outdoor temperature and amount of direct sun will determine the exact time you will need to dehydrate tomatoes.   Ripe Juliets on Screen 

Monitor your tomatoes regularly to make sure the vents on the solar food dehydrator are set at the necessary positions. If you check on them sporadically, you can also see how the drying progresses.

  Juliets Mid-Dry 

Your solar food dryer should always be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're not careful, the dryer temperature can get pretty hot. Ours got up to 160 degrees once before anyone noticed. It wasn't a huge deal, but it definitely wasn't ideal. Just remember to vent properly. Juliets Dried  

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