Sun-dried tomatoes selectionNow comes another personal choice: do you want oil-packed or just dried? Many commercial sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil use an inferior oil and may be over-spiced. You can easily remedy this by using dried tomatoes, adding your own good olive oil and preferred herbs and/or spices, seal and refrigerate. Make up new batches as you need them.
Sun-dried tomato storageHomemade dried tomatoes should be placed in an airtight bag or container and stored in the refrigerator or freezer for six to nine months for optimum shelf life.
Unopened commercially-dried tomatoes will be fine without refrigeration for six to nine months. Refrigerate or freeze after opening.
When packing your own in oil at home, be sure to keep them refrigerated, especially when adding fresh herbs or garlic to avoid the risk of botulism. Once opened, oil-packed dried tomatoes should be refrigerated and used within two weeks.
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