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The only thing more wonderful that picking gorgeous red tomatoes from your garden, is putting them up for winter! But when you’ve canned and frozen all the tomatoes you need, why not learn how to dehydrate tomatoes?
This year wasn’t my best tomato crop. Everyone has years like that.
Fortunately for me, I still have a ton of canned tomatoes from last year. The tomatoes that I’m harvesting this year have a couple of issues…
They aren’t perfect enough for canning and I don’t have very many.
This is one of those years when using alternative ways of preservation makes sense! Dehydrate!
I’ve had my Excalibur dehydrator for over a decade now, and it’s a workhorse! I use it all the time in the summer, for fruits, vegetables and herbs!
Let’s get started! First, you’re going to need to wash your tomatoes. Here I’ve set up a work station with a nice sharp knife and cutting board, right over the sink.
Cut your tomatoes in half, and with your thumb, scrape out the seeds. Leaving the seeds can create a bitter taste in the tomatoes, so I always remove.
Then, I slice my tomatoes in 1/4-1/2″ pieces, so that they will dry faster.
Lay them out on dehydrator sheets!
Follow your dehydrator’s directions as far as how to long to dehydrate, they are all different.
How beautiful are these??!!
Peel them off after they have cooled and place into a clean jar with a lid.
You can take this one step further and place your dried tomatoes in a blender and make tomato powder! You can add tomato powder to soups this winter!