Recipe Directions

  1. Slice tomatoes (such as plum, cherry, or roma in half). Or, round tomatoes into quarters.
  2. Optional: carefully scrape out the seeds, leaving the pulp intact. I usually keep in seeds because I like them, except with larger tomatoes.
  3. Turn halves pulp-side down and make a shallow slit about 1 inch long lengthwise into the skin. Turn back over and sprinkle lightly with salt to help the liquid drain.
  4. Arrange tomatoes pulp-side up at least 1/2-inch apart on dehydrator trays.
  5. Set dehydrator temperature to 115 for about 12 hours. Turn the tomatoes and rotate the racks as needed to promote even drying.
  6. Keep your eye on them during the end of the process. The tomatoes should turn deep red and be completely dry yet still a bit pliable (not crispy). Remove each tomato as it gets done, leaving thicker ones to finish.
  7. Store dehydrated tomatoes in a zip-top bag, squeezing out the air, in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months. If you refrigerate or freeze the bags, the shelf life will be extended to 6 to 9 months.

Kandace's Thoughts

Easy dehydrated tomatoes recipe makes tomatoes to be used as sun-dried tomatoes. Pictured are sundried romas.

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I have been drying them for 12 hours now and they are still not dry (maybe half way) and I used roma tomatoes. Why are mine taking so long?? I'll just keep drying them until done, maybe my tomatoes where bigger than normal.

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RCBAlive, if you slice the tomatoes maybe 1/4" thick or less, they will come out paper thin and won't break your teeth. Also would be easy to grind into power that way.

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I've tried a few of times to dehydrate my tomatoes, but they never looked or tasted like the sun dried ones. Now I know how to do them, and just in time for harvest :) Thank you!
I also do as Jenoz, dehydrate some tomatoes until crispy (I like to add a few slices of garlic and onions and fresh herbs to dehydrate with the tomatoes) then I grind everything in my coffee mill. Especially good on zucchini pasta with olive oil :)

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these look incredible! i wish i owned a dehydrator :(

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yeah, we do this too. the farmers market people usually sell bushels for cheap

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Great idea jenoz. When you say dry until crispy, do you mean until they are break your teeth if you chew on them hard? I am definitely interested in making the powder.

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You can also dry them until they're crispy and then grind them to a powder in a high-speed blender. The powder is convenient to add to ANYTHING for extra flavor and nutrition!

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These look beautiful Kandace. Thanks for the recipe.

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