After our bout with home made jam, I thought of making some oven dried tomatoes; sun dried are a bit tough considering that summer weather here can get pretty unpredictable – one minute hot and sunny, another minute cloudy and wet.
I knew of someone else who made her own oven dried tomatoes but gave up searching for the recipe/directions on her blog…it’s not her fault; I’m just too lazy to search through pages and pages of blog entries! So I did a Google and found a great site, not to mention a great addition to my blogroll page. Being amateurs (Nil has no experience in this whatsoever), we under-bought our tomatoes and over-bought the jar, plus we were distracted with a few things.
Anyway, the jar I purchased at the local all-in-one store is a hermetic one, complete with the seal ring and all that – great for making pickles – and holds about one litre of liquid. As for the tomatoes, we picked Roma tomatoes which are commonly use for sauces and canning because it has very few seeds. This is the part where we underestimated the quantity – one kilo is simply not enough! We should have purchased about 2.5 kilos for the jar we bought. O’well…
There is always a next time! 😉
Oven dried tomatoes
Roma tomatoes (or any other variety)
Extra virgin olive oil
Herbs of your choice (dried/fresh) – I used rosemary, oregano & thyme
- Preheat the oven to 100 C. Wash and halve tomatoes.
- Arrange cut-side up on a pan and drizzle olive oil all over before sprinkle the salt and dried/fresh herbs of your choice on the tomatoes.
- Bake in the oven for at least 8 hours. When the tomatoes are ready (they will look shrivelled and nearly dried), wash the jar with soap and hot water. Air dry ONLY*!
- Remove the tomatoes from the oven and place them in the jar with more herbs. Pour the olive oil until the top of the jar.
- Seal and keep in somewhere cool and dark.
- Can be used in sauces, salads or served as part of an appetizers or main dish.
* Do not wipe the jar as you’ll introduce bacteria (hot water kills and removes “stuff”). It is okay if the jar is not fully dried (one or two drops of water is fine).