As The Trowel Turns…

Tomatoes.  I am currently swimming in tomatoes. Everywhere I turn I see round (and not so round) balls of red, orange and yellow. After making a few batches of sauce (and packing them away in the freezer) I have now moved on to sun dried tomatoes.  Or rather dehydrated tomatoes.  Do you own a dehydrator?  If you don’t… I think you should. 🙂

Besides drying fresh herbs, potato slices, zucchini and onions (which I use for winter soups) I also dehydrate all my excess tomatoes.  My recipe is rather simple.  Slice tomatoes in half (or quarters if they are the large Roma type tomatoes) sprinkle with a bit of Italian seasoning and toss with about a tablespoon of olive oil.

Lay seasoned tomatoes onto trays…

Turn on the food dehydrator and go about your day.

After you’re finished with work, errands and helping kids with their homework… Open the lid on the dehydrator take a deep breath and smile.

Pack cooled dehydrated tomato slices into jars (or plastic containers) and store in the freezer until you are ready to use.   Personally, I like to add sun dried tomatoes to pasta dishes and use them on homemade pizzas.  How do YOU use them?

This Nesco American Harvest Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator All-In-One Kit with Jerky Gun is the newer version of the dehydrator I own.  Quite simply, I love it!

Comments & Reviews

  • Kearna

    Thanks for the reminder, I am also swimming in tomatoes and need to do this. I like to use them on Cedar Planked Grilled Salmon marinated in Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Salad dressing and add the dried tomatoes and it is Heaven from the grill!

  • Susan

    I don’t grow and dehydrate my own tomatoes, but if I did, I’d use them in hummus. We like hummus but it is expensive, so I occasionally make it myself. I’ve tried to recreate the Sabra brand of sun-dried-tomato hummus with fresh tomatoes, and it was okay, but if I had jars of dried home-grown tomatoes, I’d certainly use them instead of fresh.

  • Tiffany

    Is the curent price on of $59.50 a good price for the newer model? Do you see better deals on these another time of year?

  • Sesame Street

    I have a bunch of tomatoes sitting in a box. Once my jars at ready I’m making strawberry and raspberry tomato jam. It is really yummy. And to make it more disguisable I strain the seeds out. We are known for our vegetable based hands including our zucchini apricot pineapple jam. There are tons of recipes online. We use jello to flavor ours.

  • danielle

    Mavis, I live in washington also, and have had no luck with my tomatoes for 2 years now. Do you have a greenhouse cover? how do you get so many tomatoes? i have 4 plants and have had a handful of sungolds ripen and 3 roma’s :(. Please offer up some fab advice!

  • Desi

    Mavis, how do you dehydrate your zucchini? What I mean is how thick and how to you store it? I recently used it in soup and loved it.

    • Mavis

      Hi Desi… Are you coming to the coupon workshop? 🙂
      I typically slice the zucchini about 1/4″ think and in 2″ wide squares. After they are fully dehydrated I place them into quart sized zip bags and store them in the pantry.

      • Desi

        Awesome thanks! I really want to come but haven’t decided if my hubby will watch the kids since Boise is a 3 hour drive from here. I know he wants to get some work done on our addition. Maybe one of my sisters will watch them for me…hmmm!

  • Katrina A.

    Mavis, I was wondering if you have every dehydrated cherry tomatoes. My Romas aren’t quite ripe yet, but I have a ton of cherry ones.

  • Julie

    Okay. I bought the dehydrator and did zucchini yesterday. You store it in the pantry? How long does it store there? Starting my tomatoes now!

  • Hailey

    I’m dying to know more about dehydrating potatoes! I get free potatoes from friends all the time that are nearing end of shelf life. 🙂


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