Sun-dried Tomatoes and the Dehydrator Conundrum

If you are keen on your snacks and contemplating a healthier regime? then, you may have been toying with the idea of investing in a dehydrator, I have. But, before parting with the kitchen cabinet's space which is at a premium made me think twice. A few experiments were called for.

Specialist machines for drying are not just for bananas and oranges, they can be used to make chips and dry herbs, but how often would that be done? After a little more research on how does this work? It was clear that the process of circulating dry air was not terribly complicated. In which case, would the oven be sufficient?

Sun dried tomatoes

He was the first to try the theory out, it took two goes but the dried peppered strawberries were a success. That was in the summer and nearing Christmas, the dried fruits are still on the window sill waiting for their allocation. I followed with cherry tomatoes at a time when there was a tomato glut.

Sun dried tomatoes

After two attempts, the tomatoes came out just so.

  • The first time, the temperature on the recipe was far too high. The correct temperature is 80C or gas mark 1/2
  • Slices need to be rather thick. Cut the tomatoes in half
  • Seeds can be taken out by turning the tomatoes on a plate, cut side down and squeeze. Though this is only for esthetic.
  • lay the fruits on a greased baking sheet, on a baking tray, preferably close to one another, but not touching.
  • and bake for 6 hours, yes, anything less will not work. 
  • When the tomatoes are cool, packed them in a jar and cover with oil
I didn't use salt but if you do, salt the tomatoes straight after cutting them up.

After the success of the oven method, the conundrum was settled, no dehydrator. It's a good idea but it would very much be a one minute wonder. 

Do you own a dehydrator? if so, please let us know in the comments box what are its advantages. 


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