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Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe

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Dried tomatoes
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Take those extra tomatoes from your garden and dry them in the oven. It is easy to do but will take some time, so plan ahead.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 cups


  • 5 pounds (2.5 kg) Roma (oval) tomatoes
  • Fine sea salt


Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. (100 degrees C.; gas mark 1), or the lowest setting possible. Remove the oven racks.

Trim and discard the stem ends of the tomatoes. Halve each tomato lengthwise. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, side by side and crosswise on cake racks set on the oven racks. Do not allow the tomatoes to touch one another. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

Place in the oven and bake until the tomatoes are shriveled and feel dry, anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Check the tomatoes from time to time: They should remain rather flexible, not at all brittle. Once dried, remove the tomatoes from the oven and allow them to thoroughly cool on cake racks. (Smaller tomatoes will dry more quickly than larger ones. Remove each tomato from the oven as it is dried.)

Transfer the tomatoes to zipper-lock bags. The tomatoes will last indefinitely.

Yield: 2 cups (500 ml)

Recipe Source: Patricia Wells' Trattoria by Patricia Wells (William Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.
Oven-Dried Tomatoes Recipe Photo © 2011 Lindsey Carrasco, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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 5 out of 5
When you just cant CAN one more tomatoe~, Member jodyrose

I am all about connecting to my food. However in a household of 1 endless jars of tomato sauce, juice, etc that my garden produces can be overwhelming for my storage space and my palette. This recipe is PERFECT to use up many tomatoes relatively quickly! I used it last year and ended up with a zip lock bag of dried tomatoes that I could add to any dish I want. If you have never tried this, dont delay. Thanks for the recipe about.com :)

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