Friday, August 13, 2010

Drying Cherry Tomatoes...Part Deux

So.....rememmmmber.....a couple days agooooooo.......when I said I was sundrying cherry tomatoes? Well I was, actually, sundrying tomatoes......but then......we had a problem. A problem with a little thing I like to call butts with wings. Yes, those would be flies. Flies like to be little Houdini's and find a way under the cheesecloth. Do you know what butts with wings do to drying tomatoes? I'm sure you can use your imagination. They all ended up in the compost. Bummer. Anyway, Dad is on the job.....he's engineering a "butt free" sundrying contraption.....we will succeed darnit.

In the meantime I still have tomato plants that are producing fruit by the bucketful....literally.
Attempt #2.
Ovendrying. Cut in half, sprinkle with salt and chopped fresh basil.

Dry in the oven for 2 hours. That's what the recipe said anyway....the recipe writer must have lived on the moon in the desert, or at the elevation of Mt. Everest, or had a convection oven (I don't even know what these are but they sound fancy), or a magic wand....
or very possibly all four.

They took NINE hours to dry. Ultimately this does not seem like the best use of natural gas....if you had none to cook supper with tonight it is because I used it all up drying cherry tomatoes. But let me tell you, they are darn tasty.
Back to sundrying when the contraption is completed.

Now I need to figure out THIS situation.


  1. I'm not a gardener, so all this is fascinating to me. Those little tomatoes look good. You sure have your hands full with all your produce, don't you?


  2. Those sun dried tomatoes look so good! I liked to make a pasta dish with sun dried tomatoes and bacon in a cream sauce...not the healthiest meal in the world but it is delicious. And I always love an excuse to eat bacon for dinner!


  3. 9 hours does seem like a lot. They look yummy though.

    I've been getting tons of jalapenos, too. I make salsa and bring the excess to work. My friend's husband loves them and eats them as snacks.

  4. i dried some tomatoes too and it didn't take that long ...i bake at 250 for 3 hours ... recipe on my blog.


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