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Eating - “Sun-Dried” Tomatoes

October 20, 2010 01:24 by ehouston

Well, this time I’m not eating actually.  We had a bunch of tomatoes left over from our little veggie patch and I was determined to do something different with them.  We have eaten our weight in BLT’s and I didn’t want to make any more pasta sauce or soup.  I got the bright idea that I would dry them.   I found lots of instructions online and read through several before settling on a plan.  Most agreed that you just had to slice them, lay them out on a baking pan and set them in an oven at the lowest setting for 10-20 hours depending on the humidity and thickness of your slices.  Some suggested adding salt, pepper, garlic and other seasonings as you liked, to give them a little added flavor.  I chose to sprinkle the pans with some sea salt before laying the slices out and then I gave them another sprinkle, along with some black pepper. 

All seemed good. 

SunDriedTomatoes-Before

I was super excited.  The thought of these treats mid-winter was pushing me over the edge.  I was sure they would not even last a month after I finished drying them out.  I just knew a simple veggie pasta or pizza would be calling their name in the coming weeks.  But, that was okay since I would not have to open a $7.00 plus dollar jar containing about four slices.  I was going to have a TON of my very own “sun”-dried tomato goodness.  Well, 10 hours into the process and this is what I had:

SundriedTomatoes-After

Not only were they turning a terrible black color, but they appeared to be permanently seared onto my fancy pizza pan and slotted broiler pan top.  To make matters worse, my whole house smelled like roasting tomatoes.  I have since learned this is not a sent I enjoy in the slightest. 

Oh well.  It’s another live and learn moment in the Kitsch Designs world of “Eating”.

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