Today is a perfect day to learn how to sun dry tomatoes . The sweet chewy candy like tomatoes you find packed in little cute bags at the market.Traditionally, the variety of tomato used for sun drying are red plum tomatoes as they have more flesh and fewer seeds but you can also use yellow tomatoes if you like, they look really pretty. The real secret to mastering how to sun dry tomatoes lies in staying organized and preparing your tools and space in advance. It could be very therapeutic if you ask me.
How to Sun Dry Tomatoes
1. Slice and core the tomatoes. Arrange them skin side down on a seed drying tray or on a framed plastic screen without touching each other. Sprinkle with some sea salt.
2. Cover them with a cheese cloth and secure it with some sticks or skewers where it doesn’t touch the tomatoes and the air circulates nicely.
3. Place the trays outside in the hot sun on a surface where the air can circulate underneath it as well. (maybe on a couple of bricks that would raise it a few inches from the ground )
4. Leave them in the sun all day and bring them inside after the sun goes down.
The process to sun dry tomatoes could take up to two weeks, until the tomatoes have lost most of the water. Sun dry tomatoes are deep dark red in color and have a chewy texture. Easy breezy now you know how to sun dry tomatoes If you ever want or might need to.
- Store your Sun Dry Tomatoes in Ziploc bags or glass containers with airtight lids in a cool dark place.
- To rehydrate sun dried tomatoes, cover them with hot stock, water or wine and let them soak for 20 minutes