“Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.” – Marty Robbins
Sun dried tomatoes are delicious. The sun concentrates the sweet goodness of these lovely fruits into one exceptionally tasty bite. I call them natures candy.
- Drying rack or frame to place tomatoes on
- Wash tomatoes and pat dry.
- Slice about 1/4 inch thick
- Place on drying frames spacing evenly so tomatoes do not touch
- Place frames with sliced tomatoes outside in direct sunlight
- Cover lightly with cheese cloth to protect from insects
- Place light cloth or fine netting above frames for additional coverage to protect from insects while tomatoes are drying.
- Remove tomatoes from frame when dry and place in airtight container.
- Place dried tomatoes in jar and pour olive oil over tomatoes to completely cover the tomatoes. Place cover on tomatoes and store them in the refrigerator.
- The tomatoes will take anywhere from 1 to 2 days to dry depending on the thickness and water content of the tomatoes. Bring your tomatoes indoors in the evening if you suspect any kind of precipitation ( I usually do anyways) and return them to the sun the following day. The tomatoes when done will be dry and leathery. Be sure the tomatoes are completely dry before placing them in an airtight container, otherwise the moisture will cause the tomatoes to mold.
- The olive oil is flavored by the sun dried tomatoes and is great for salad dressings, pastas, and many other of your pure food recipes. Experiment and have fun creating.
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