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Sun Dried Tomatoes?
    #11174220 - 10/03/09 12:34 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

Will they really dry in the sun without rotting?

Every time I see stuff dried in the oven, it tastes very bad.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: durian_2008]
    #11174226 - 10/03/09 12:37 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I'm assuming a dry climate is necessary to sun-dry without some kinda rot.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: Mchaggis]
    #11174230 - 10/03/09 12:39 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I like the extra-rich taste of tomato pesto and don't remember the last time it rained here.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: durian_2008]
    #11174259 - 10/03/09 12:51 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

go for it, salt 'em some and lay 'em on a sheet of metal on your roof.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: Mchaggis]
    #11174289 - 10/03/09 01:00 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

We just dried some tomatoes last week. I live in Louisiana where the humidity is pretty much always over 90% or higher. All we did was cut the tomatoes, salt/season them. and lay them in what looked like window frames with screens on each side. Laid the slices on paper towels between the two screens and left it in the sun for a day.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: redsreboot]
    #11174426 - 10/03/09 01:29 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I'm surprised that tomatoes don't stick to paper towels, but I have definitely seen a salt rub draw water out of fresh veggies.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: durian_2008]
    #11174477 - 10/03/09 01:40 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

As long as the tomatoes are fresh the paper towels seem to work ok. We usually flip them one time after about 30 minutes in the sun and then remove the paper towels. Maybe I learned to do it that way because there's a chance it would start to stick once it begins drying? I'm no pro or anything, I just know it works really well in high humidity areas.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: redsreboot]
    #11174503 - 10/03/09 01:46 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I'm in a desert pass, between mountains. Our dry winds are occasionally hazardous for their intensity, and wildfires are seasonal here.

Short of a rare event, it will not stay humid, here, for long.

I've just never tried to dry a tomato before.

Thank you very much for your input.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: durian_2008]
    #11175781 - 10/03/09 05:38 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

when I oven dry them i do it at a low temp for a while.


I generally throw some salt, oil, balsamic on it.



If you roast em too fast they'll turn into mush.


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Re: Sun Dried Tomatoes? [Re: durian_2008]
    #11214851 - 10/09/09 01:55 PM (8 years, 9 months ago)

I wonder how drying in the sun compares to a food dehydrator.


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