Oven Dried Tomatoes

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I currently have a glut of tomatoes and after sandwiches, parmi sauce and tomato sauce I still have quite a few left over so I have decided to dry them. With two dogs, a toddler and an absent mind putting them outside for a few days (then again with our current heat wave maybe 1 would suffice) isn’t an option. So I’ve decided to give oven drying a go.

What you need:

  • 1 kilo ripe tomatoes
  • Coarse iodised sea salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White wine vinegar (optional)

What to do:

  1. Depending on how big you’d like them, either slice the tomatoes, or halve them (the bigger they are, the longer they will take to dry up).

    These are cherry tomatoes but you can use normal sized ones

  2. Scoop out most of the seeds.

    I used the top of a cheap peeler for this but anything will do

  3. Sprinkle with salt and leave them skin side up so that the excess liquid from the tomatoes can drain out. I recommend putting them in a strainer in the sink or over a bowl so the liquid can drain completely away.

    You can also use normal table salt but I do recommend iodised salt over plain salt for the health benefits.

  4. Let them sit for about 15-20 minutes to get rid of the excess moisture and reduces the time in the oven.

    Any container will do but I suggest putting them in a strainer over another bowl or the sink.

  5. In a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes with the garlic, oregano, black pepper, white wine vinegar and olive oil. Place the tomatoes on a tray with foil or baking paper and drizzel the rest of the oil mixture over the top of the tomatoes. Cook in a low oven at 100C for three hours.

    Any oven proof tray will do

  6. Place the tomatoes in a sterilized glass jar and use within a week. If you’re going to use this over a longer period of time, then cover it with some olive oil.

    To sterilize the jar wash with warm soapy water, rinse, than place in the oven until dry.

Hmm… Ovendried tomato pizza anyone?

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