Monday, July 16, 2012

Mom's sun-dried tomatoes

In the USA, I did not find the opportunity to make homemade sun-dried tomatoes, because, there just wasn't enough sun. Another reason was that we stayed in an apartment. So, I always had to opt for making oven-dried tomatoes

But now, in India, it is opportunities galore. The sun just shines and shines and shines. Especially, in my home-town. So, I asked mommy-dearest to sun-dry some tomatoes for me. And voila, beautiful sun-dried tomatoes.
Mom has come over to stay with us for a while and she has brought me some of these wonderful homemade sun-dried beauties. She had to dry about 10 kgs. of tomatoes to make me 1.5 kgs of dried tomatoes. She said that they dried in 4 days, so, just imagine the  heat.

Sun-dried tomatoes have an intense tomato flavor to them. It has that zing as well as a hint of natural sweetness.

 I chop these tomatoes and use then as toppings for pizza. That's  yummo! They work well in salads too.

I make a paste of these tomatoes to make my own pizza and pasta sauce.
To make sun-dried tomatoes.  All you need is some ripe tomatoes and salt. Cut each tomato into 5 slices and lay them out, in a single layer, on a large tray to dry. Sprinkle a dash of salt on them and cover with a net to keep dust and insects at bay. 4 days in the sun and the tomatoes are ready.

To make my tomato paste, I blend the sun-dried tomatoes in a grinder jar with a splash of hot water. Simple and yummy.
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5 comments:

  1. Sun dried tomatoes are so darn expensive out here, I'm inspired to go the homemade way. That paste is so tempting, I can just imagine how to use it!

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  2. WE have tomatoes coming out of our ears from a highly yielding crop in our very own garden - matter of fact have a sweet& spicy tomato preserve simmering on the stove as I write - I got my instructions to make sun dried tomatoes off a web video -
    Yours looks amazing too :) cheers, priya

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