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homemade sun-dried tomatoes in oil in glass jar on white table with cherry tomatoes in background

Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes

Course: Appetizer, Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, Sugar-Free, THM, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: homemade sun-dried tomatoes
Make your own Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes easily--in the oven! (with information on using a dehydrator, or even drying in the sun!}
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds tomatoes (use as many tomatoes as you would like to process)
  • salt (optional; to taste)
  • olive oil (optional; to taste)
  • dried or fresh herbs (optional; to taste)

Instructions

  • Prepare tomatoes by washing.
  • Slice tomatoes as uniformly as possible to a maximum of 1/4" thickness. and lay them out on a cookie sheet in a single layer.
  • Heat your oven to a low temperature. You can potentially set it from 160 up to about 255 Fahrenheit, but I recommend going with the lowest possible temperature to prevent burning.
  • Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over them (optional) and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Season with spices if desired.
  • Place baking sheets into the oven and bake, watching them carefully so they don’t burn. They'll be in there for a while--possibly all day.
  • If desired, flip tomatoes in the middle of the drying time (around the 3 hour mark) to make them dry a bit faster.
  • The tomatoes are done when they are dry but still pliable (not moist or sticky).

Notes

Technically, you can dry the tomatoes more than stated--they will be a lot less pliable or even not pliable at all. It’s a matter of personal preference, but I love them both ways! The more dry they are, the longer their shelf life will be.
TO MAKE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES IN A DEHYDRATOR:
Instead of using baking sheets, use dehydrator trays. Dry at 125 degrees Fahrenheit until tomatoes are dry, but still pliable.
TO MAKE SUN-DRIED TOMATOES IN THE SUN:
Place tomato slices on some kind of raised screen to dry in the sun. Cover with cheesecloth. See post for more information including drying supplies.