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Sun Dry Your Own Tomatoes

I don't know if there is a right or wrong way to make sun dried tomatoes. As the name implies, I'm assuming drying in the sun is a good place to start. I wanted to see if it would really work so I set out to try a tomato drying experiment. I remember back in elementary school we made a sun oven and it actually worked, so I had high hopes for this new sun cooking adventure.

Sun Dried Tomatoes
Sun Dried Tomatoes
  1. I started with grape tomatoes and sliced them into tiny pieces.  I used small grape tomatoes, but I think you can use any kind of tomato, just make sure to cut it up pretty small.
  2. I then placed the tomatoes on a tray covered with aluminum foil, making sure the foil was shiny side facing up.
  3. I left the tray out on the deck, directly in bright sunlight for about 3 hours.Voila, my tomato slices had dried right up – who woulda guessed!
  4. I then chopped up the tomatoes even more, mixed with some Mayo, spinach, onions and some spices to make a kind of aoli. I then added in a little olive oil to thin the mixture, loaded in some chicken and mixed into some cooked pasta – dinner a la sun!
I think at this point you could use however you'd like. Store for later, add into some kind of meal or sauce of your choice. I was excited to see there wasn't anything fancy I had to do to make this work. They really did taste yummy and didn't take much time.

If you know of a way to make your own sun dried tomatoes, I'd love to hear what you know!

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

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