Oven-Dried Roma Tomatoes

This year we decided to plant some roma tomatoes in our teeny tiny garden,

and boy oh boy did they take off despite the drought.

We have a plethora of roma tomatoes.

And that was the point, right? To plant, pore over, prune and pray for a plethora of sweet red romas was indeed our plan.

However.

One can only eat so many bowls of sliced red juicy romas drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper. Right?

So you know what we did with the little pretties?

We made oven-dried roma tomatoes! And oh my are they the perfect savory treat enjoyed alone or as a tangy, chewy punch in a salad, a pasta dish or with scrambled with eggs! I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make! This is all we did!

We picked a peck of perfect romas, (ok I’m not entirely sure that it was a peck of tomatoes, but it sounded good in the sentence),

placed them in a colander and rinsed them with water.

Sliced them in half, scooped out the seeds (which we used in a delicious sauce), tossed them lightly with salt,

then put them on a metal cooling rack that was set on a rimmed baking sheet.

Next, we placed them the oven on the lowest setting,

and just let them do their thing for about 10-12 hours depending on your oven.

And this is what came out of the oven…

Tangy, chewy, heavenly oven-dried tomatoes.

Do yourself a favor today.

Pick a plethora of roma tomatoes, whether from your garden or the supermarket, and oven-dry them.

But make sure to make plenty…

Because you won’t be able to resist plucking one right out of the bowl to plop it right into your mouth!

Again. And again. And again…

~Wenderly

Oven-Dried Roma Tomatoes

(makes 80 pieces)

What You”l Need :

40 Roma Tomatoes
1 teaspoon Salt
2 metal cooling racks
2 rimmed baking sheets
What You’ll Do : 

Pre-heat oven on lowest setting (on my oven it is 170°). Wash & dry tomatoes. Slice each tomato lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds (discard or keep for another recipe) then place the sliced tomatoes in a bowl then toss with salt. Put tomatoes on racks set on the rimmed baking sheets. Place the baking sheets into the oven for 12 hours, periodically checking to make sure that they are evenly drying out. Check the tomatoes after 10 hours or so to make sure that they aren’t becoming brittle. The time can vary due to size of tomatoes and your oven. You may want to carefully remove any that look like they are done (think consistency of a raisin). Once all tomatoes are shriveled and dry, remove from oven and let cool. Soak or drizzle them with olive oil or eat them plain. Store in the fridge.
Enjoy!

 

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8 Comments

  1. Posted September 9, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    So envious you have these…amazing in flavor and a reminder of summer all winter long.

  2. Posted September 9, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Delicious! What a perfect way to enjoy summer tomatoes all winter long. I wish I had done this before my tomatoes stopped producing. But then there’s always next year.

  3. Posted September 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Why oh why did I just use up all my tomatoes? Now I need to get more to make this! Freakin’ awesome!

  4. Posted September 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    What a delicious way to use up all of the excess tomatoes!

  5. Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m making these tonight. I can’t wait to toss them on my salad throughout the week. I’m thinking of adding some herbs to them for flavor. Thank you for the delicious recipe.

  6. Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Yummy, yummy … we have them coming out our ears! LOL

    Wish we could can or do something fun together … in OH or OR. :) xo

  7. Posted October 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Excellent idea! How do you suggest storing these and how long do you think they are good for after the drying?

    • Posted October 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      Hi Vanessa!
      I suggest storing these in an air tight container once totally cooled. You can keep them in the fridge for a month or two and I’ve even heard of people freezing them and thawing them out before using. I personally have never tried that and to be honest they usually disappear very quickly around around here!
      Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

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