Dehydrating tomatoes is very easy. Pick some nice big tomatoes from your garden or the store. You can season them and have dried tomatoes for a salad or snack. I also put them in my bullet blender and make home made tomato powder for flavoring, tomato paste, creamy tomato soups, or a base for a vegetable or minestrone soup.
Below are the tools I use:
- A Mandoline to create evenly sliced pieces. Making sure to get any fruit or vegetable that you dehydrate uniform in size is important so that they all dry fairly easy and in the same amount of time. You will always have a few that need a little longer, but slicing or cutting your food evenly helps the process. The Mandoline I listed is the kind I use. (Informative Video. This mandoline rated as the number one favorite.) I have tried several different one and this seems to be the easiest to use and clean as well as the safest I have found. I have never cut myself. (knock on wood.)
- A good dehydrator is always needed eventually, weather it is for fruit, vegetables, fruit leather or beef jerky. I bought the Excalibur 5 tray dehydrator about 3 years ago and I have not had to replace anything on it and it still works fabulous.
- Wash your tomatoes and pat dry.
- Using your Mandoline, slice your tomatoes using the thicker slicing tool. If you do not have a slicer feel free to use a sharp knife if you are comfortable doing so.
- Gently push the seeds (guts) out.
4. Line the tomatoes on the dehydrator tray and turn its settings to Vegetables. (125°F/ 52°C) Most articles I have found say dry them for 4-6 hours, but I have found the temperatures really do vary. You have to feel the tomatoes and judge for yourself. After I think they are dry I turn the machine off and let the tomatoes sit in there until the next day. Next, I put them in a mason jar and screw the lid on. Then I keep an eye on it for the next 24 hours and look for signs of condensation. If there is some then they go back in the dehydrator.
At this point it is up to you if you want to keep them whole or turn them into a powder. When I turn it into tomato powder I put it in my blender and then store it in a mason jar that is dated.
Keepin It Spicy,