How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

The only thing more wonderful that picking gorgeous red tomatoes from your garden, is putting them up for winter!  But when you’ve canned and frozen all the tomatoes you need, why not learn how to dehydrate tomatoes?

frresh tomatoes on a cutting board

This year wasn’t my best tomato crop.  Everyone has years like that.

Fortunately for me, I still have a ton of canned tomatoes from last year.  The tomatoes that I’m harvesting this year have a couple of issues…

This year’s crop isn’t perfect enough for canning and I don’t have very many.

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This is one of those years when using alternative ways of preservation makes sense!  Dehydrate those tomatoes!

I’ve had my Excalibur dehydrator for over a decade now, and it’s a workhorse!  I use it all the time in the summer, for fruits, vegetables and herbs!


rada knives and sharpener

Let’s get started!  First, you’re going to need to wash your tomatoes.  Here I’ve set up a work station with a nice sharp knife and cutting board, right over the sink.

Cut your tomatoes in half, and with your thumb, scrape out the seeds.  Leaving the seeds can create a bitter taste in the tomatoes, so I always remove.

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sliced tomato on cutting board

Then, I slice my tomatoes in 1/4-1/2″ pieces, so that they will dry faster.

Lay them out on dehydrator sheets!

tomatoes on a dehydrator sheet

Follow your dehydrator’s directions as far as how to long to dehydrate tomatoes, they are all different.

dried tomatoes on dehydrator sheets

How beautiful are these??!!

Peel them off after they have cooled and place into a clean jar with a lid.  Store in a cool, dry place.

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dried tomatoes in a mason jar with fresh tomatoes surrounding

You can take this one step further and place your dehydrated tomatoes in a blender and make tomato powder!  You can add tomato powder to soups this winter!

Enjoy!

 

How to Dry Tomatoes Using a Dehydrator

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