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Dehyrdating tomatoes

Husband has brought home a variety of gifts from the venders he picks up from and delivers to on his truck runs.I have received boxes of chocolate, coffee beans, Jelly Bellies, whole salmon, flowers, and lugs of peaches and oranges, just to name a few. One of my readers had just sent me a comment about her wonderful experience in dehydrating seasoned tomato chips so I thought I would give it a whirl (thank you Merry Ann! Slicing the tomatoes on a mandolin sounded easy, but did not work well for me.See a more extensive list of kitchen tools for dehydrating in the post “Home Food Drying – 6 Things You Need to Know to Dehydrate Food at Home“.

I put about 6 or 8 slices of dried tomatoes in my blender with 1/2 quart of juice and blended it. I then added another 1 1/2 quarts of juice and cooked until the sauce was thick enough.

Being weird, I’ve found, is not just fun; it’s addictive. I thought I could never give up my microwave, but it turns out it was a lot like going vegan — I used it less and less over time as it became less appealing, and eventually it was just a matter of making the decision to go all the way. After reading Tim Ferriss’ late last year, I got a hand-crank burr grinder and an Aeropress, and it’s the only way I’ve made coffee since. It’s got a pinkish hue, and we keep it in pinch bowl. I bought a pair of faux-leather shoes from a discount shoe store (they sell them because they’re cheap, not because they’re vegan-friendly), but I hated them. They’re small and packed with quick-digesting carbohydrate (just like energy gels), only they’re whole foods and completely natural. Get fresh ones instead of dried; they taste way better and they’re kind of like gummies. From nut butter to dried beans to pizza dough (with some buckwheat flour, also weird enough that I wouldn’t serve it to guests), we’ve gone down a road of making an increasing amount of food from whole ingredients instead of buying it in packages. Tofu and avocado make for deliciously creamy cupcake icing and mousse, and black beans, of course, work amazingly well in brownies. But when we moved last year (more on that in a bit), we got rid of so much stuff, and we haven’t gone back. It’d be really weird if we kombucha and had our own SCOBY, like my buddy Jeff Sanders does, but we’re not there yet. But we do it, usually with beans and lentils, because it takes even less effort than cooking them and makes them into something more vegetable than bean. To us, and you, I’m guessing, they’re familiar — tempeh, quinoa, hemp seeds, spelt, tamari, miso … And the best part of it all is that to many of you, so much of this will seem completely normal … Discuss this information with your own physician or healthcare provider to determine what is right for you.

Herbs, greens, fruits, veggies – everything get dried and neatly tucked away for use year round.

This post covers basic instructions for vegetable dehydrating to help you dry vegetables safely at home.

Vegetable dehydrating is an easy way to store vegetables for long term use.

During harvest season, my dehydrators live on my kitchen counter.

Note: If using solar or air drying, drying times will likely be longer than those specified below.

Turn food daily, protect from bugs and maintain good air circulation until food tests dry.

All in all, no one in my family really liked the rubbery, bland tomato “chips”. I dry canned them with an oxygen absorber and they will be great in soups, stu and spaghetti sauce. After reading this post I remembered that I had some dehydrated tomatoes stored in my pantry.

I also had tomato juice that I needed to make into sauce.

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