Saturday, October 12, 2013

Dehydrating Tomatoes






I am still getting tomatoes from the garden. Not enough to can, but more than we can eat fresh. I decided to dehydrate the surplus.

Dehydrating is an easy way to put up the extra produce from the garden.

I have an old dehydrator that I purchased used for 40 bucks, years ago. It is a homemade version of an Exalibur. It is old and ugly, but I love it! 








Dehydrating tomatoes is pretty simple.
~Wash and Dry Tomatoes
~Blanch for 20 seconds.
~Remove skins and Core tomatoes.
~Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices.
~Place on trays (I sprayed trays with veg. oil)
~Space the tomatoes so they are not touching.
~Set temperature for 135 degrees
~Dry for 8-12 hours(should be leathery and pliable but no moisture)
~Store in freezer bags or jars.

I have bigger slicing tomatoes. If you have Roma or cherry tomatoes you can just slice the tomatoes in halves.
I put my dehydrated foods in freezer bags and store them in the freezer.

I am surprised to still be picking tomatoes and peppers from the garden in mid October. The weather has been beautiful. 70's during the day, 40's at night. I am sure Jack Frost will make an appearance and the garden will come to a close, but until then, we are storing up all we can!






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14 comments:

  1. How do you use the tomatoes? Is it like sun dried tomatoes?

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    1. I read that you can use them in place of Sun Dried tomatoes. One of the differences between the two is the Sun Dried have a higher moisture content.
      You can use the dehydrated tomatoes in dressings, soups, or anything else you want to add the tomato flavor.

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  2. Wow good for you. The weather is wonderful isn't it. B

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  3. I plan to do that with paste tomatoes next season. I have to hope we'll have a much better harvest.

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  4. They look great! I bought a dehydrator recently and am having so much fun learning everything about it. How long do the tomatoes store for? Gained a new follower, would love if you stopped by to link up at Share Something Sunday

    --Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

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    1. Ashley, Thanks!
      I read you can store in freezer for 18 months, but usually I try to rotate through storage by 12 months. I didn't dehydrate that many so I am thinking mine will be gone in 3 :)
      Thanks for the invite! I will be sure to stop by!

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    2. Oh wow, they last a long time! I have some grape tomatoes going now, but I doubt they will even get to the freezing stage with these hungry mouths lol. Thanks for linking up!

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  5. I was just wondering today where your homemade dehydrator came from. Ugly is relative. If you love it, it's beautiful. :-) I wish we had tomatoes to dehydrate, but Jack has been here and the vines are dead. Very few ripened this year.

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    1. I bought it from a woman that my sister went to church with. Her daughter didn't want it so she sold it to me. I as thrilled :)

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    2. I've not dehydrated tomato slices - this will be the year, I hope. They look delicious!
      Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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  6. I really want to get a dehydrator! Actually, I want to try and make a solar one, but I haven't had the time yet :)

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    1. I enjoy having a dehydrater, great way to save some of the harvest.

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  7. I love dehydrating tomatoes, especially when I have an overabundance of cherry tomatoes!

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    1. I have not tried cherry tomatoes, yet. The girls eat them all :)

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