How to Dehydrate Tomatoes for Snacking or Freezing

Updated on January 21, 2020
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Dehydrated tomatoes may not be beautiful, but they're sure tasty!

Dehydrated tomatoes make great snacks, even if they're not that visually appealing!
Dehydrated tomatoes make great snacks, even if they're not that visually appealing!

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.

Recipe for Dehydrated Tomatoes

The process is fairly straightforward.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  2. Dip them 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 tomatoes.They have an oval shape.Slice the tomatoes in half.Dip in olive oil.Place on dehydrator sheet.It's okay if the tomatoes touch each other.Sprinkle with seasonings.Place the trays in the dehydrator. Close the dehydrator door.Dehydrate for about 10 hours (according to your machine's instructions).The tomatoes will start shriveling up.They're drying nicely!They should be firm, not wet.
I used grape tomatoes.
I used grape tomatoes.
They have an oval shape.
They have an 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.
Dehydrate for about 10 hours (according to your machine's instructions).
Dehydrate for about 10 hours (according to your machine's instructions).
The tomatoes will start shriveling up.
The tomatoes will start shriveling up.
They're drying nicely!
They're drying nicely!
They should be firm, not wet.
They should be firm, not wet.

My Batch Is 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. They're slightly moist, yes, but they're 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.

More to Come!

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.

Oval vs. Round 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. It's important to ensure that there is a wide patch of peel on the bottom of each piece to capture the tomato pulp.

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