Monday, May 30, 2011

Oven Dried Tomatoes

Inspired by my local market having Roma tomatoes on sale for 3 pounds for 99 cents, I made the equivalent of Sun Dried Tomatoes. These are oven dried tomatoes and they are wonderful. 

A few pound of tomatoes
A bit of Kosher Salt

Wash and dry your tomatoes.

Slice the tomatoes in quarters in as even sized slices as you can. Remove and stems and hard cores. Sprinkle them with a tiny bit of salt. 1 teaspoon per 2 pounds. You dont want them salty, the salt helps a draw the moisture out of the fruit.

Put the slices of tomatoes on a baking sheet covered with paper towels.

Let them rest and dry on the towels for an hour. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Place tomatoes on baking sheets with plenty of room between them.
Bake them for 3-4  hours. Keep and eye on them and when they are curling at the edges and feeling dry to the touch, they are done.

Let them cool and then store in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for a month.

These are so delicious. They taste like sweet tomato fruit leather. DH and I use them in pasta, on pizza and to snack on. 

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