One of the easiest ways to preserve tomatoes, from the garden, is to make “sun-dried” tomatoes. This year, we processed half of our tomatoes by drying them. We purchased a food dehydrator back in spring, and it has been put to good use this summer! We use sun-dried tomatoes on pizzas, salad, pasta, sauces, etc. So I am so excited to have some of our very own this winter! We also saved tomatoes by making canned diced tomatoes & the easiest marinara sauce you will ever make. This, by far required the least amount of ingredients, time, and effort.
What you will need:
Here’s how to make them!
1. Half the tomatoes, if they are small to medium (you might need to cut them into quarters…or even eighths if you’ve got some big ones!)
2. Sprinkle lightly with salt. This is based on your taste. We like to go lighter so more can be added later, if needed.
3. Load your dehydrator trays. We like to dehydrate when we have lots of tomatoes to do at once. It saves on energy and time!
4. Set to the lowest setting for about 24 hours. Note: It will take less time if your tomatoes are cut smaller, and more time if they are cut larger.
5. Store in an airtight container for up to one year. If freezing, store for up to two years.
I hope this helps you easily preserve your summer’s harvest of tomatoes! Let us know if you have any questions. 🙂