Finally, the goal has been reached for the canned tomatoes for 2010 and I’ve been jumping for joy! The tomato plants didn’t get the message and they’re still producing. Last week when I mentioned that I wasn’t going to skin and can the cherry tomatoes, no matter how many pounds of cherry tomatoes we have, several suggested drying them and grinding them to a powder so I did!
First I dried them, with the skins on:
I left them in a sealed jar overnight and the next day, they went through the blender. Tomato powder!
Also, I did a little research on sun dried tomatoes. Most commercial sun dried tomatoes are dried in dehydrators these days. I can do that! The dried ones with no oil or spices are about $7/pound at Wal-Mart. Those in a jar of oil and spices are about $8 for 8 ounces at the grocery store. I don’t like skins on my sun dried tomatoes so I used larger tomatoes that I skinned, quartered, and removed some of the seeds.
These will be stored in a freezer bag in the freezer. A few days before I need sun dried tomatoes, I’ll take a few out, marinate them in olive oil and spices and . . free (or almost free) sun dried tomatoes. But, this plan only works if I stop munching on them. They’re so good to eat just like this.