Flavor packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes are super easy to make at home. Use garden fresh meaty tomatoes to make delicious chewy, herbed dried tomatoes using my easy and efficient oven drying method.
Updated post from 2012.
- TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What tomatoes are good for sun-drying?
- How to flavor tomatoes?
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Easy and Efficient Oven Drying Method
- How to Store Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
- Freezing Sun-Dried Tomatoes.
- Sun-Died Tomatoes Recipe Ideas.
- Tools you need to make oven dried tomatoes.
- More Tomato Recipes.
- Jump to Recipe.
HOMEMADE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
Use ripe tomatoes when they are at their flavor peak. From my experience July and August crops are the best. If you can, get locally sourced tomatoes from a farmer’s market. We have a large vegetable garden and I use tomatoes from our beautiful garden.
Sun-drying is a great way to preserve delicious summer tomatoes. To dry tomatoes I use a super easy and efficient oven drying method.
TOMATOES FOR DRYING
To make sun-dried tomatoes it is best to use tomatoes that are meaty. So when they are dried you are not left with only a mere sample of a thin tomato skin and a few seeds.
I use Hybrid Juliet and/or Roma tomatoes.
Hybrid Juliet Tomatoes
Juliet Tomatoes are a version of Italian Plum Tomatoes. They are cherry tomatoes. However they are significantly meatier than any other cherry tomatoes I’ve tried. Making them a great choice for drying.
Hybrid Juliet Tomatoes are disease resistant, very meaty and super juicy. What also makes them very desirable is their long shelf life. I love using them in a Tomato Salad.
In the picture below you can see Juliet Hybrid Tomato in the upper right corner.
Wash tomatoes. Cut smaller tomatoes in half and larger tomatoes can be quartered or sliced into wedges.
Place tomatoes into a larger colander. Generously season tomatoes with salt. Toss tomatoes and let them drain in a colander set over a kitchen sink or a large bowl. Let them drain for at least 20 minutes.
MARINADE FOR SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
In a bowl combine together olive oil, dry basil, dry oregano and sugar.
Add drained tomatoes and toss them well to coat with herb marinade.
EASY OVEN TOMATO DRYING METHOD
Line a baking sheet with parchment. Layer herbed tomatoes in one layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
Oven Drying Method
- Place tomatoes into the oven preheated to 350 F.
- Right after you place tomatoes into the oven increase temperature to 420 F.
- After your oven reaches 420F set the timer for 15 minutes.
- Then turn off the oven and don’t open the oven for 4 hours.
- After 4 hours take baking sheet(s) out. Collect tomatoes are dried. Some might need more drying time.
- Again preheat oven to 350F.
- Place tomatoes in to the preheated oven.
- Increase oven temperature to 395F.
- After your oven reaches 395F set the timer for 5 minutes.
- Turn off the oven and don’t open for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, take tomatoes out. They should be dry.
- Dried tomatoes should be wrinkled around the edges but still slightly plump.
HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES?
Store sun-dried tomatoes in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks. You can also layer tomatoes into a glass jars with some olive oil.
FREEZING SUN-DRIED TOMATOES?
Yes, you can freeze tomatoes in an freezer safe container for up to a year. I find it’s best to freeze them plain, without olive oil.
Sun-dried Tomatoes are great for snaking. And I love using them to make appetizers and salads. They are also great in savory breads or in spreads.
TO MAKE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES YOU NEED
- RECIPE – below
- Favorite Kitchen Tools
- Baking Sheet
- Favorite Tomato Knife
- Cutting Board
MORE TOMATO RECIPES :
- Baked Stuffed Peppers in Tomato Sauce
- Soft Pretzel Tomato Bites
- Grilled Vegetable Soup – great for canning
- Peach Tomato Pepper Salsa
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Avocado Cream with Bacon and Basil Tomato Crostini
- Tomato Salad with Roasted Pepper and Barley
- Homemade Ketchup
Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 2 pounds meaty tomatoes (I use Roma and Hybrid Juliet)
- 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp kosher salt or sea salt
- 1/2 tsp dry oregano
- 1/2 tsp dry basil
- 3 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 tsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper. I like to use my old baking sheets for roasting and drying.
- Wash tomatoes (2lb, about 1kg) in water.
- If using Roma Tomatoes (meaty tomatoes) cut each tomato in half and then cut 3 wedges from each half. Smaller tomatoes you can just quarter, lengthwise.
- If using Hybrid Juliet Tomates (small plum tomatoes), cut them in half.
- Set tomatoes in a colander over sink or another bowl. Season tomatoes with kosher salt (1 to 1 1/2 tbsp) and let them drain for 20 minutes.
- In a small bowl combing olive oil/avocado oil (3tbsp), dry basil (1/2tsp), dry oregano (1/2tsp), sugar (1tsp). Whisk to combine.
- Add drained tomatoes into a bowl and pour in the marinade. Toss to coat all the tomatoes with marinade. Then Transfer tomatoes onto a baking sheet and lay them down on the sheets, skin part down. They need to be in one layer.
Baking / Oven Drying Method
- If using 2 baking sheets. Place both sheets into the preheated oven at 350F. I had my oven racks in about 3/4 high and 1/4 low position.
- Increase oven temperature to 420F.
- Once your oven reaches 420F temperature leave the tomatoes in for 15 minutes and then turn the oven off. Don't open the doors for at least 3-4 hours.
- After 4 hours open the oven and take sheet out. Remove those that are done and leave those that need a bit more drying on a baking sheet. I find that tomatoes close the the rim of the baking sheet are dried the fastest.
- Continue drying tomatoes. Turn the oven to 350F.
- Once the oven is heated up to 350F place a baking sheet with remaining tomatoes into the oven.
- Increase oven temperature to 395F. Once your oven reaches this temperature leave the tomatoes in for 5 minutes and then turn off the oven. Don't open oven doors. Leave the tomatoes in there for 2-3 hours. After this time tomatoes should be dry.
- Store oven dried tomatoes an airtight container or a glass jar in the fridge. You can also pour extra virgin olive oil into the jar and store them that way. They will last for 2 weeks.
HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE OVEN DRIED TOMATOES ?Store dried tomatoes in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to 2 week. You can also layer tomatoes in a jar with olive oil.
CAN I FREEZE DRIED TOMATOES?You can freeze tomatoes in an airtight container for up to a year.
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