September 14, 2011
Sun Dried Tomatoes
dried tomatoes is a misnomer, these tomatoes are oven dried and I
suspect that the ones that you buy at the market are as well. This is a
great time of the year, you know summer is here when you can get local
corn and tomatoes. My plants yielded enough for a couple of salads and I
decided because I had so many that were graciously given to us, I
would dry some. A lot of recipes for raw fresh tomatoes also mix in
some dried to tomatoes, I thought well that is a way to preserve the
bounty . I also love sour tomatoes that are made from green not ripe
tomatoes. I plan on putting up several jars of these. You make sour
tomatoes pretty much the same as you would make sour pickles, in other
words, super simple to make and they will keep forever in a cool spot
or the fridge if you have room.
I put up massive amounts of aforementioned Sour Tomatoes. They did come out excellent but just like pickles without refrigerator they can get soggy. I did put up some grape leaves but forgot to use them, this helps keep the product well but I didn't do that as I should have and about 1/4 of the tomatoes were to soggy to use but that still left tons of great tomatoes that would have been thrown away by the Gardiner who has of yet tasted them, I do suspect she will not like them.
want to wash the tomatoes very well and cut any bruises or other
unpleasant things. You can see from the photo I have cut mine rather thin, these will be ready sooner and if you don't watch them they will turn to carbon, not very tasty.