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[Tomato Dirt #157] How to Dry Tomatoes: 4 Easy Methods to Try
August 25, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 22

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FEATURE: How to Dry Tomatoes - Choose One of These 4 Easy Methods

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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 a slow 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.

Learn more about how to dry tomatoes

… and get more helpful tips about how to dry tomatoes on our Sundried Tomatoes Pinterest Board.

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More About Drying Tomatoes

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