Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Orange juice
  • salt

Instructions

COMMON WAY

  • Cut the tomatoes in half. If the tomato is more than about 2 inches long, cut it in quarters.
  • Scrape out all of the seeds that you can without removing the pulp.
  • Mix basil,orange and salt together.
  • Apply small amount of this mixture on each tomato well.

OVEN-DRYING (Minimum 12 hours)

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  • Prepare the tomatoes according to the above way and lay on the non-stick cookie sheets (glass or porcelain dishes don’t use any metallic sheets or others.because tomato’s citric acid and metal can reacting)
  • Bake in 170°F oven for about 3 hours.
  • Leave the oven door propped open about 3 inches to allow moisture to escape.
  • After 3 hours, turn the tomatoes over and press flat with your hand or a spatula.
  • Continue to dry, turning the tomatoes every few hours, and gently pressing flatter and flatter, until tomatoes are dry.

DEHYDRATOR (Minimum 8 hours)

  • Place the tomatoes, cut side up, directly onto the dehydrator trays.
  • Set dehydrator temperature to about 140°F.
  • After 4 or 5 hours, turn the tomatoes over and do as I mantion before.
  • After a few hours, turn the tomatoes again and flatten gently.
  • Continue drying until tomatoes are dry.

SUN-DRYING (minimum 3 days)

  • Dry in hot weather, with relatively low humidity.
  • Place tomatoes, cut side down, in shallow wood-framed trays with nylon or other kind of netting for the bottom of the trays.
  • Cover trays with protective netting.
  • Place in direct sun, raised from the ground.
  • Turn the tomatoes over after about 1 1/2 days, to expose the cut side to the sun.
  • Place the trays in a sheltered spot after sundown, or if the weather turns bad.

To Your Mind
No matter what method you choose, be aware that not all of the tomatoes will dry at the same rate. They don’t have the same amount of moisture, nor do they experience the same temperature and air circulation while they are drying.
If dried too long, they become tough and leathery. If not dried long enough, they will mold and mildew, unless packed in oil. So watch them carefully while they dry. Try to remove them on an individual basis, before they become tough.

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