A week or so ago, on a cool, rainy day, I wanted an excuse to turn on the oven. I had lots of Mexico Midget tomatoes on hand, so I decided to dry them. Technically, a sun-dried tomato should be dried in the sun, I suppose, but the store bought ones aren’t, so I thought I’d cheat.
I turned my oven to its lowest setting, 150 degrees. I then cut each grape tomato in half and placed them on a cookie sheet, almost touching. I lightly salted them with sea salt and placed them in the oven. About 3 hours later, I had the best, the sweetest, the most delectable sun-dried tomatoes I had ever eaten.
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Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, so I decided to dry more of these outside. I prepared the tomatoes the same way, but covered them with cheese cloth to keep away any insects and placed them in the sun.
This time it took about 8 hours, but the result was just as good, and it felt good that I used no energy to dry them. I placed the dried tomatoes in a zip lock bag and stored them in the frig. (Well, most of them). I’m saving them for a rainy day.
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