FEATURE: How to Dry Tomatoes: Choose one of These 4 Easy Methods
Drying tomatoes is easy, economical, and a good way to save some of summer’s bounty if you’re running out of room in your freezer or on your pantry shelf. The idea is simple: remove water from the tomatoes to preserve them.
There are four methods for drying tomatoes. They are all easy! Choose the one that is best for you.
Sun dried tomatoes: tomatoes are dried outside in the sun or in a very hot automobile. You’ll get best results when weather is low in humidity (less than 60%) with high temperatures (90ºF or more during the day).
Oven-dried tomatoes: tomatoes are dried in your kitchen oven at about 200º F over a period of several hours.
Dehydrated tomatoes: this drying method for tomatoes is the most reliable. Tomatoes are dried in a food dehydrator as a blower or fan circulates air.
Microwave-dried tomatoes: drying tomatoes in a microwave has some quirks and inconsistencies, but with patience and practice you can dry batches of tomatoes quickly.