We will show you here how to make your own “sun-dried” tomatoes. It is so much easier than you think but it is certainly a lengthy process. But it is so worth it! And the best part you can make it anywhere – you just need an oven or dehydrator. 

We have perfected the recipe for a few years now and we decided to introduce you to what we think is the final version of the recipe for “sun-dried” tomatoes. But first, let us tell you why to make your own “sun-dried” tomatoes.

"Sun dried" tomatoes by CRAVEmonkey
“Sun dried” tomatoes by CRAVEmonkey

First and for most, you know exactly what is inside that lovely jar of goodies. It is all natural which for us makes it worth doing it yourself.

Secondly, you can make them the way you like them introducing various additional flavours like garlic, basil, chilli or even mozzarella. It is all up to you!

Thirdly and most importantly they taste so much better than the store bought stuff! So here you have the few simple steps how you can make your own “sun-dried” tomatoes. Let get cracking!

"Sun dried" tomatoes by CRAVEmonkey
“Sun dried” tomatoes by CRAVEmonkey

Ingredients for sun-dried tomatoes:

  • 3kg of tomatoes (we recommend plum tomatoes as they are perfect for cooking full of flavors) 
  • salt
  • oil (we recommend canola oil as we will have to heat it up)
  • garlic/chili/basil/oregano/mozzarella (optional)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 80 degrees Celsius, make sure you using convection. 
  2. Slice tomatoes lengthwise and place the tomatoes cut side up on a baking paper lined a baking tray and sprinkle each tomato with a little salt (salts speeds up the drying process)
  3. Put the trays in the oven remember to have the door slightly open to allow airflow. They should bake for 8 to 12  hours until they are dry but soft at the same time.
  4. To the jar put your desired herbs (we used two cloves of garlic) and stock up the dried tomatoes (but be careful not to squash them)
  5. Heat up the oil to the temperature of 120 degrees Celsius (if you don’t have a thermometer use a piece of bread crust to determine the temperature – the oil will be the right temperature when the oil around the crust starts to bubble). 
  6. Pour the oil into the jar and after you twist on the lid flip it upside down and wait till it cools down. 
  7. And voilà! Homemade “sun-dried” tomatoes. Enjoy!

We have some great recipes where we use dried tomatoes. You can see them here.

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