Normally, if I have a bucket full of small tomatoes, I would just toss them in the food processor and make salsa out of them.
|I used almost the entire colander for 4 trays.|
Several friends have dehydrators, so I'm going to give that a try and see if I can approximate the "sun-dried" part. And since I get to borrow the machine and try it out first, I can decide if a machine is worth purchasing for the future.
|Nesco Dehydrator with 5-trays|
I started the process at 3pm yesterday. I picked everything fresh. The tomatoes got a bath, were towel dried, had the stems removed and were cut in half or in quarters. Some of the 'Jaune Flame' were a little bigger than the 'Yellow Perfection' and the 'Stupice' so I quartered them. It took about 45 minutes to get the trays ready to go in the dehydrator.
|Halves of fresh tomatoes ready to go!|
|The next morning - they sure shrivel up!|
|Some of the bigger pieces still need more time.|
The goal when finished is to be able to freeze some and the rest to pack in jars with olive oil with sea salt, oregano, basil and garlic.
Hopefully they will be delicious and great for pasta, pizza and anti-pasta platters. They will make nice gifts too.