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Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Nothing says summer like fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes from the garden! As many of us start our tomato seeds, we can also start thinking about the endless ways to enjoy these garden gems. One of our favorites is drying, for a sweet and tangy burst of tomato flavor that enlivens your favorite dishes. Some excellent varieties to consider for drying are San Marzano, Italian Roma, and Supremo. Any and all cherry and grape tomatoes will also make excellent dried morsels!

dried tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • Fresh-harvested paste/roma, or cherry tomatoes (as many as your oven racks or dehydrator can fit after tomatoes are halved)
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Slice all tomatoes in half, and gently remove seeds.
  2. Place halved tomatoes in the oven on a sheet pan or on dehydrator racks with the cut side facing up.
  3. Lightly salt each slice
  4. Set dehydrator to 150°F (10 to 12 hours), or oven to 250°F (4 to 6 hours). Dehydrating time will depend greatly on the size of your tomato slices. Dried tomato slices should be crisp but still pliable.
  5. Using tongs, quickly dip tomato slices into red wine vinegar.
  6. Layer tomato slices into clean canning jars, leaving about ½" of space in each.
  7. Fill jars with olive oil, completely covering all tomatoes.
  8. Store tomatoes in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Use tomatoes and oil in salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches, or eat them straight from the jar!



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5 out of 5 stars Sep 6, 2019
What is the purpose of the vinegar?? I've made them without it, what does it change? Is it just a flavor preference, or is there something else??
Deborah Miller from WA
Owner Response: The vinegar dip sanitizes the tomatoes, raises the acidity level for preservation, and adds some tang to the flavor.

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5 out of 5 stars Sep 8, 2021
Can you freeze them once packed so they can last longer then 3 weeks?
Marilyn from OR
Owner Response: Yes, Marilyn--that is a great idea!

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5 out of 5 stars Sep 9, 2021
I noticed the photo shows seeds in the dried tomatoes. Is it necessary to remove the seeds or does the photo indicate most of the seeds have been removed?
Amy from IN
Owner Response: Hi Amy, Removing seeds is optional, but some prefer the flavor and texture without seeds. In the image, seeds were mostly removed, but there is a good deal of time between mostly and completely removed seeds. I generally run my thumb down the halved side or in the case of some cultivars (like romas) there aren't a lot of seeds so I might skip the step to save time.