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