Tomatoes Galore in Your Garden? Dehydrate ‘Em!

| 5/14/2019 10:10:00 AM

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Tomatoes Galore in Your Garden? Dehydrate ‘Em!

If you love fresh tomatoes and you’re going out daily to pick ‘em before they rot, then ease the situation by dehydrating the tomatoes before they get a chance to spoil. After you’ve dehydrated your tomatoes, consider grinding them into a powder. You can then use this rich, (and strong) tomato powder to make your own spaghetti sauce, and pizza sauce.

Let’s not forget tomato soup. One of my fondest memories as a kid was popping down the street for lunch and enjoying a bowl of tomato soup with my friend, Gillian. The best memories are most often the simplest, right?

Let’s Get Busy Dehydrating Tomatoes

Wash and slice your tomatoes evenly. Aim for 3/8-inch slices. If you wish to skin your tomatoes first, dip them in boiling water — it makes skin removal much easier! If you’re going to dehydrate cherry tomatoes, all you have to do is cut them in half after washing them.

1. Arrange your tomato slices on your dehydrator trays (or halves, cut side facing up so they won’t “leak” down onto the trays below). Try not to have overlap the tomatoes.

2. Set the dehydrator between 125 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).

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