Preserve your summer tomatoes for rich, sweet flavor in autumn and winter!
Olive oil or parchment paper
Fresh tomatoes (Roma or paste tomatoes work best)
Set your oven to its lowest temperature (140–150°F is ideal).
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly brush with olive oil. Prepare tomatoes by slicing in half lengthwise and scooping out most or all of the seeds. Place cut-side up on the baking sheet and lightly sprinkle with sea salt. Place sheet in oven and leave oven door slightly ajar to encourage air flow.
Dehydrate in the oven for 6–10 hours or until leathery, but not brittle. Cool completely, then store in a transparent air-tight container.
Shake container daily for 7 to 10 days to evenly distribute any residual moisture. If condensation develops on the container, open and return tomatoes to the oven for more drying.
Enjoy the tomatoes dried, or rehydrate in hot water for plump, juicy tomatoes in your winter sauces and soups.
Recipe from welcometothetable.coop.
Because this recipe involves leaving an oven door ajar, this is not for homes with small children.