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How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in the Food Dehydrator

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You might be wondering: can you make sun-dried tomatoes in a food dehydrator? The answer is yes!

Let me tell you how to make sun-dried tomatoes in the food dehydrator. Not only is this skill a great food preservation tip, but they are amazing in so many recipes!

Did you know that most sun-dried tomatoes are not dried under the sun? It seems counter-intuitive, but can you imagine big companies with a bunch of trays of tomato slices outside soaking up the sunshine?

Of course not. And then there is the issue of bugs. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want bugs walking around on my sun-dried tomatoes!

You are probably wondering how YOU can do it? Whether you want your sun dried tomatoes with pasta or some other recipe, you definitely want to learn how to dehydrate them. Fortunately, I’m going to show you how to do it, my friends!

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in the Food Dehydrator

sun dried tomato in mason jar

The process of actually dehydrating tiny tomato slices does take some time, but there is not much prepping required.  I’m going to walk you through the process of dehydrating sun-dried tomatoes step by step!  Are you ready?  Let’s get started!

Sun Dried Tomatoes Recipe

The first step is choosing the tomatoes that you will use.  Whenever you dehydrate fruits or vegetables, it is important that they are fresh.  You have to start with quality fruit in order to have quality results!

Sun dried tomato ingredients:

Cherry tomatoes or other small tomatoes, sliced

Salt

Instructions for Making Sun-Dried Tomatoes:

Place the tomatoes in a colander and rinse with cool water.

Place the clean tomatoes on a towel and blot dry.

Place a piece of parchment paper that is a little larger than your dehydrator tray on the counter.

Place the food dehydrator tray on top of the parchment paper (the parchment paper keeps your counter clean).

Prepare the food dehydrator trays with cooking spray.

Slice the tomatoes into slices.

Place the tomato slices on the tray, leaving at least an inch between them to allow for good air circulation.

Lightly sprinkle salt on the tomato slices.

Place the trays in the food dehydrator and set the heat for 160 degrees F.

After that, your food dehydrator does all of the work!  Dehydrate the tomato slices for 8-10 hours (until crispy).

When done, place them in a mason jar and tightly seal the lid.

sun dried tomatoes how to make

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Food Dehydrator

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours 8 seconds
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes 8 seconds

This sun-dried tomatoes recipe is the perfect way to preserve your tiny tomatoes for later use in chicken recipes, pasta dishes, and more! I mean, who doesn't love pasta with sun-dried tomatoes? There are lots of great recipes with sun-dried tomatoes! You've got to try these!

Ingredients

  • Cherry tomatoes or other very small tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Place the tomatoes in a colander and rinse with cool water.
  2. Place the clean tomatoes on a towel and blot dry.
  3. Slice the tomatoes into slices.
  4. Place a piece of parchment paper that is a little larger than your dehydrator tray on the counter.
  5. Place the food dehydrator tray on top of the parchment paper (the parchment paper keeps your counter clean).
  6. Prepare the food dehydrator trays with cooking spray.
  7. Place the tomato slices on the tray, leaving at least an inch between them to allow for good air circulation.
  8. Lightly sprinkle salt on the tomato slices.
  9. Place the trays in the food dehydrator and set the heat for 160 degrees F.
  10. Dehydrate the tomato slices for 8-10 hours (until crispy).
  11. When done, place them in a mason jar and tightly seal the lid.

Notes

You can now use the sun-dried tomatoes in your favorite recipes (they are especially tasty in pasta recipes!)

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 2Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 59mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

This is an estimate.

I hope that you love this sun-dried tomatoes recipe! You can now use the sun dried tomatoes in pasta or your other favorite recipes! There are tons of recipes with sun dried tomatoes on the internet!

Be sure to let me know what you think once you try this out! Better yet, tag me on Instagram and show me a picture!

See you next time!

Deb

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