by: Kelly Roberts
Farm, Foodie, Fitness

Still looking for other ways to use your abundance of tomatoes from your garden? Here is a simple and universal way to use up all those garden-fresh lovelies! Make sun-dried tomatoes!

They’re so fast and easy to make and once your done there is so many ways to use them. You can add them to pasta, salads, make pesto, even include them to risotto dishes. Add them to sauces, to top off chicken or pork, even incorporate them into dessert. They store for up to 6 months, or freeze them and they could last well over a year.

I made mine using my dehydrator, you can also use an oven. If you do use your oven, bake them at 150 degrees for 10+ hours or if you want to speed up the process, increase the heat to 200 degrees but make sure to watch them because they tend to burn,

To make them with your dehydrator…Pick a tomato you really like or have an abundance of. I like to use Romas because they tend to hold up longer. Core them and then cut them in halves or in quarters. Place them on the dehydrator racks, make sure to separate them so the air can circulate around them to help drying more quickly. Add salt, pepper, garlic or even fresh herbs to make them unique. Put the dehydrator on 140 degrees and wait for 6-12 hours. Just remember to keep checking on them.

Once they’re done, store them in Ziploc or vacuum seal them. Then, give them away or keep them for yourself! Enjoy!

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