Sun-dried/dehydrated tomato

I fell victim to Soviet-era shopping this morning and we have a lot of tomatoes. We have a dehydrator. I can certainly peel the tomatoes and dice them and make sauce. Suppose I dry them instead. Then what? What do I do with them? Dried tomatoes aren’t an ingredient I use often.

Speak unto me oh wise ones with your thoughts.

I always have them in the house/fridge. Nice as part of antipasti (I like the texture).

  • Puree and spread on bread.
  • Tapenade
  • Add some of the puree to a “normal” pasta sauce.
  • Make a sauce with the puree for vegs (I am a fan of grilled aubergines)
  • In frittata and gazpacho.
  • Pasta salad? Without wet sauce kind.

I have lots of chipotle so I tend to add it to the puree these days.

I dry them in the oven in two baking tray batches.
I eat them as snacks.
Otherwise, they get used in cold pasta salad, diced in dressing and on appetizer trays.

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I dried once the cherries, they were sweeter and less intense than the store bought ones. The dried one from stores are always salted, maybe for preservation?!

Recently, we have got some delicious half cherry semi-dried tomatoes infused in olive oil from store. This can be a variation if you want something in between. We ate them with salad and in pasta.

I will make lots of gazpacho if you have fresh ones, wouldn’t bother to dry them.

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Curious, how come? You got them those weekly vegetables baskets?

In the context of “oh look, a line, I better get in it” or “there’s stuff so let’s buy stuff.” sigh I’ve been pretty well-behaved on the whole. I just went over the top on tomatoes and I WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO BECOME COMPOST. I have about four days before I have to decide what to do and peel/dice/can is always an option. I am looking for something a little different (for us).

How many have you got?

These days, we always go to Metro for the professionals, the tomatoes are sold in wooden box by weight of 3.5kg / 7.7 pounds. We are able to consume a box a week, mostly eaten fresh.

Me too. From the supermarket in oil. And, yes, antipasto/tapa. Or on a salami sandwich (goes particularly well with mortadella).

What kind of tomatoes? I only “sun dry” tomatoes without much moisture or seeds; typically plum tomatoes, but also those like “dwarf purple heart” and Principe Borghese. You can literally sun dry Principe Borghese, figs, apricots, and some peppers where I live. I do others in a low oven .

I think of sun-dried and dehydrated as different, and find myself using sun-dried more spontaneously. I think of them as moister, more perishable, and what I reach for in something I’m not cooking. Maybe a sandwich or a spread.

I use the truly dehydrated most recently as a powder, when wanting to add more body to a tomato based sauce. What I’m using right now is purchased, and comes in VERY handy, but last year I made powder from tomato skins.

Slow roast them, whole, in olive oil and garlic until they collapse and concentrate. They can be used as sauce or a condiment. Example: season fish fillets, add topping, bake. You can change things up by roasting in different batches. Add mushrooms to one, eggplant chunks to another, cipollini to yet another. Freeze in small baggies. Then you can thaw, and combine if you wish, depending on what you are making.

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I like the dehydrated on pizza. But if they taste pretty good fresh, the quickest way in which we use up vast quantities of tomatoes chez moi are gazpacho and panzanella.

What quantity of tomatoes?

You might find these older tomato threads useful:

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Feels like about 10 pounds / 4.5 kg. We have a good bit of mozzarella so Caprese salad may be a regular for a while. I am branching out with dehydration. We do lots of herbs and I do bananas sometimes.

I dehydrate a lot of tomatoes in the fall when the garden is booming. Some I half dry and freeze, delicious in the winter in sandwiches etc. then I dry slices until crispy and very dry, perfect to crumble into and over things and keep very well. I dehydrate to conserve freezer space for the slow roasted ones for cooking all winter. We do like tomatoes!

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I know. I’m still stuck in the 80s and 90s, but I still enjoy sun-dried tomatoes in pasta. I even enjoy the somewhat chewy texture to them.

If I had a bunch of tomatoes I’d make gazpacho! Especially with the summer heat coming in, it’s one of my favorite summer time foods.

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Yes! And last year Imade gallons of tomato shrub, which I still have a few pints of. I’ve used most in the last few months making gastrique.

When I have a lot of tomatoes, I make salmorejo. Or this tomato chutney.

Pan com tomate would feature prominently for me.

Also I love the slowly roasted tomatoes that taste like candy almost - great for snacking on, as a tart filling, with pasta (very intense “sauce” just smashed a bit into hot pasta with some of the pasta water), or compressed and intensified perfectly to freeze for later. Olive oil and garlic are what I add, for flexibility later, but you can add herbs of your choice

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