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A small clear jar filled with sun dried tomatoes and topped with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, and basil for use in recipes.
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Sun-Dried Tomatoes (Oven & Dehydrator Recipes)

You can make Sun-Dried Tomatoes at home in the oven or by using a dehydrator. Get easy storage tips plus 10+ dinner inspiration recipe ideas!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Condiment
Keyword: dehydrator, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato recipes
Servings: 24
Calories: 7kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small mixed tomatoes or Roma tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning optional
  • olive oil optional (if olive oil packing)

Instructions

Oven Dehydrator Method

  • Line metal baking sheets with parchment paper. Don't place directly on the metal or use foil which can react with the tomatoes.
  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  • Wash and slice the small tomatoes ¼" thick slices, the thinner the faster they will dry out. You can cut them round or the long ways into different shapes you like!
  • Arrange cut side up on a baking sheet. Optional: sprinkle very lightly with sea salt and or Italian seasoning. I highly recommend sprinkling sea salt and Italian seasoning on them, it makes them spectacular.
  • At 2 hours rotate your pans in the oven, this helps distribute the heat evenly on your sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Return to the oven and bake for at least 2 more hours, until tomatoes are "dry and leathery". My top sheet pan was done in 2:45 minutes but the bottom pan was 3 hours 15 minutes.

Food Dehydrator

  • Wash and slice the small tomatoes ¼" thick slices, the thinner the faster they will dry out. You can cut them round or the long ways into different shapes you like!
  • Arrange cut side up on a baking sheet. Optional: sprinkle very lightly with sea salt and or Italian seasoning. I highly recommend sprinkling sea salt and Italian seasoning on them, it makes them spectacular.
  • Spread tomato slices on food dehydrator screens. Set temperature on your dehydrator at 135°F and allow 5-7 hours to dry or until crispy. Check every few hours as they dehydrate, you are looking for them to become dry and leathery.

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Notes

oven cooking time
The oven dehydration method was about 3 hours in a gas oven. The top tray was done in 2 hours 45 minutes, and the bottom tray 3 hours 15 minutes. 

food dehydrator time

Food Dehydrators take almost double the time, mine was done at 6 hours at 135 degrees on the fruit and vegetable setting. 

tomatoes

Use small bright-colored tomato varieties like; cherry, yellow pear, red torch, patio choice yellow, Juliet, grape, and valentine.  Roma tomatoes work well too.

freezing

Pack in airtight ziptop bags or containers, they last 6 months. 

olive oil packing

In a small jar, add sun dried tomatoes, top with olive oil. Use in recipes like salad dressings, sauces, and marinades. You can add garlic cloves, basil, and rosemary for added flavor. Keep refrigerated and use within a month. 

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg