Saturday, December 18, 2010

Home-Made Sun Dried Tomatoes

I've never been a fan of raw tomatoes and seldom use them in my salads because I dont appreciate the raw tartness of a tomato. So, I was looking for a way to make sun dried tomatoes when, seeing this recipe on PurpleFoodie, I was completely sold over into making these little babies at home.

Mine is a bit different, in that I didn't take the lazy shortcut of putting my tomatoes into an oven to speed up the drying process. Mine are lying in the bare goodness of the sun on my window sill. I'm blessed with over 5 hours of direct sunlight in the morning-afternoon on my window, so might as well use nature's oven than waste electricity or gas. It also used to be my personal tanning bed until a taller building next door sprung up and ruined the fun of having no prying eyes. I used normal tomatoes that we get in India, not the recommended meaty variety, used rock salt, and lastly used basil instead of oregano because basil and tomatoes are best buds, flavorwise.

I do not have pix of the final product yet and I have only just laid out my tomatoes for drying - I'd imagine they'd take about 2 days to dry out in the sun. But am so excited for them - they smell delicious already and I keep using the excuse of stray birds landing on my window to keep checking on my tomatoes, when really, I just want another whiff.

Update on 21st Dec: I now have my gorgeous sun dried tomatoes ready with me - after 2 whole days of the Indian sun to scorch the tomatoes into 1/4th of their original size. But size isn't everything. The flavor is so concentrated!

Sun Dried Tomatoes

  • 5 small-medium tomatoes
  • Teaspoon of rock/black salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 5-10 black pepper corns
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
To make:
Cut the tomatoes into quarters (If they are really tiny, cut them into halves). You may want to remove the seedy pulpy center of the tomato - I haven't.
Pat each quarter with a tissue to take away any excess moisture.
Pummel your rock salt into smithereens and make about 1 teaspoon of rock salt powder.
Smash up your garlic cloves and pepper corns.
Combine the garlic, basil, pepper, and salt. Add the olive oil and mix well.

Dip each tomato quarter into your oily mixture and lay on a tray.
Cover with a net or fine cloth and lay out in the sun to dry.
After 8 hours in the sun:
After 2 days of sunning:
Next time, I'll make a bigger - much bigger - batch, for sure. My twenty tomato slivers are going to be gone in no time! :)


Peggy said...

Can't wait to see how the final product turns out!

Raw_Girl said...

Me too! How long do you think it takes to sun dry them? A couple of days? How should I know they're done?

Quay Po Cooks said...

Curious to know how to the final product turns out too.

Di said...

these look absolutely amazing. i'm inspired to make them now.

Boulder Locavore said...

These look so delicious and I would not thought to season them FIRST! I use a dehydrator and admittedly after making a batch I have not used them yet! Someone suggested grinding them into a powder almost and putting them in soups or stews. Maybe this winter!

Raw_Girl said...

@ Di - Thanks. You should try it. Its so simple.

@Boulder Locavore - Where's your recipe? And when do you season your tomatoes? after its dehydrated?

Steph said...

So this is gonna sound dumb, but I don't know what I never thought that these could be made at home :/ But I am loving your photos! Looks so good!

Lizzy said...

These look SO delicious!!! Thanks for sharing~

Christina said...

These look so good! Great idea making these at home! I'll have to try it!

Kate @ said...

mmmmm sun-dried tomatoes! I make them in the summer all the time because I have a vegetable garden that's filled with tomatoes! They are delicious!

Pia said...

its wonderful and really simple way to make sundried tomatos. i will surely try it.

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chocolatechillimango said...

you are the queen!!! They look gorgeous and delicious at every stage of the process....

MsByn said...

Oh. My. Word. Those look DIVINE. I WANT. BADLY!!!

Anonymous said...

I love these tomato's. How do you keep bugs/animals away from them, and doesn't it get cool/no sun and night w/ the 2 day thing? Do you bring them in at night and take back out? Can these be kept for winter use? thanks Pat

Zen said...

hey Pat, you cover the tomatoes with a net or a sieve. i took them in at sundown and put them back out in the morning. i think they keep well since they are drenched in oil ans salt....

The Knotty Spinster said...

Awesome..need to try these. Question: Do you store them in the fridge and for how long do they keep?



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