How to Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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How to Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes

How to Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes will show you how simple it is to take the bounty of the summer and enjoy it all winter long.

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” –  Lewis Grizzard

Nothing compares to the taste of a tomato at the height of the summer season.  By making your own sun-dried tomatoes, your family can enjoy the flavor of a ripe tomato for months to come.

Get the kids in on this easy project, so they can see that the hard work in the garden will pay off.  Each delicious bite in future meals will remind them of the summer growing their own produce.

Not only can you preserve your tomatoes for yourself, but sun-dried tomatoes would make a yummy gift for your friends and family.

How to Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Here’s How to Make Your Own Sun-Dried Tomatoes:  

1) Start with Roma, plum or Italian tomatoes.

2) Use an oven rack and cover with cheesecloth.

3) Lengthwise, cut tomatoes in half.  Lay them cut-side up, on the cheesecloth covered rack.

4) Layer another cheesecloth on top of the tomatoes.

5) Put them in the full sun for two or three days, but bring them in nightly.

6) Your sun-dried tomatoes are ready when they are flexible, yet dry and shriveled. (You don’t want them brittle.)

Even More Reasons to Love Sun-Dried Tomatoes: 

1) Sun-dried tomatoes are chock-full of minerals, powerful antioxidants and vitamins.

2) They might be small, but sun-dried tomatoes provide intense flavor to any dish.  Turn an ordinary meal into a gourmet meal, simply with the addition of these delicious dried fruits.

3) Add oil and herbs to your sun-dried tomatoes and pop open a jar of them when you’re having friends over and create your own charcuterie board.  You can find out how to make a charcuterie board here.  

My introduction to making my own sun-dried tomatoes was inspired by a vintage Susan Branch book.  She made it sound so easy, I had to try it many moons ago.

I’m glad I stumbled upon that book, because since then I’ve enjoyed countless meals with my own sun-dried tomatoes as the star ingredient.

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Let me know in the comments below how you like to use sun-dried tomatoes in your recipes.

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