How to Dehydrate Tomatoes for Snacking or Freezing

Updated on September 23, 2019
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Dehydrated tomatoes may not be beautiful, but they're sure tasty!

Dehydrated tomatoes make great snacks
Dehydrated tomatoes make great snacks

They Ain't Pretty, But They're Tasty

Just like raisins aren't beautiful, dehydrated tomatoes shrivel up into a wrinkled mass. What they lack in beauty, however, they make up for in pleasant taste.


The process is fairly straightforward.


  • Tomatoes (I used grape tomatoes)
  • Olive oil
  • Mrs. Dash Seasoned No Salt
  • Johnny's Hunter Blend
  • Italian seasoning


  1. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  2. Dip in olive oil.
  3. Place the tomatoes on the dehydrator trays.
  4. Sprinkle with all of the seasonings. (Italian seasoning comes premixed, but it contains marjoram, sage, oregano, thyme, rosemary, savory, and basil.)
  5. Dehydrate as per machine instructions.

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I used grape tomatoesOval shapeSlice the tomatoes in halfDip in olive oilPlace on dehydrator sheetIt's okay if the tomatoes touch each otherSprinkle with seasoningsPlace the trays in the dehydrator Close the dehydrator doorAbout 10 hoursShriveling upDrying nicelyFirm, not wet
I used grape tomatoes
I used grape tomatoes
Oval shape
Oval shape
Slice the tomatoes in half
Slice the tomatoes in half
Dip in olive oil
Dip in olive oil
Place on dehydrator sheet
Place on dehydrator sheet
It's okay if the tomatoes touch each other
It's okay if the tomatoes touch each other
Sprinkle with seasonings
Sprinkle with seasonings
Place the trays in the dehydrator
Place the trays in the dehydrator
 Close the dehydrator door
Close the dehydrator door
About 10 hours
About 10 hours
Shriveling up
Shriveling up
Drying nicely
Drying nicely
Firm, not wet
Firm, not wet

Almost Ready to Freeze

It was about 6:30 in the morning when I cut the tomatoes and put them in the dehydrator. Now, it's 3:45 in the morning the next day, so I have had them in there for about 20 hours.

The flavor is tart and very tomato-y. Slightly moist, yes, but almost to the point where I can pull them off the tray and place them into a snack-size storage bag to place in the freezer for future munching.

Cutting More

I have four ice cream pails full of tomatoes that I picked yesterday from my mother-in-law's garden. Plus, I have a few more tomatoes to pick from my own garden. We purchase salsa from the store, so I do not have any intention of jarring any. Although, for the purpose of showing you how, I may get a wild hair and create a new tutorial article. But for now, I'm just going to dehydrate them.

Cutting Bigger Tomatoes

The tomatoes that I processed yesterday were grape tomatoes, which are oval. I cut them in half. The new batch is round, so I may have to cut the tomatoes into quarters, so that there is a wide patch of peel to have on the bottom of each piece of capture the tomato pulp.

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