Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sun-less Dried Tomatoes

Solanum lycopersicum 'Principe Borghese' and Lycopersicon esculentum, oven dried
Solanum lycopersicum 'Principe Borghese' and
Lycopersicon esculentum, oven dried
Drying Tomatoes Without The Sun

Our little Principe Borghese tomatoes are so prolific, we are having a hard time keeping up!  We don't really like them for salads; the flavor is more like paste tomatoes than sweet snackers or beefsteak types.  We did a bit of research and found a super-easy recipe for "Sun" dried tomatoes... except there was no sun involved.

We used the Principe Borghese and some of the yellow Sunburst snacking tomatoes (probably the Sun Gold
Solanum lycopersicum 'Principe Borghese' and Lycopersicon esculentum halved and seeded
Solanum lycopersicum 'Principe Borghese'
and Lycopersicon esculentum,
halved and seeded
Tomatos
) for the initial taste test.  Both are bite size round shaped tomatoes.  They were halved and the seeds and inner flesh were scooped out with a 1/4 inch Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon, then laid out on a baking sheet.  The tomatoes were sprinkled with a bit of sea salt and popped in a 200F oven to become "leathery"...  However long that takes.  For this particular batch, it took about 6.5 hours.

The seeds of both these tomatoes were saved separately and prepared for seed processing and storage later on.  The scent of the baking tomatoes wafted through the house while we waited patiently.  It smelled pretty good!

The yellow tomatoes started out deliciously sweet and really great for snacking.  We were hoping the red tomatoes would become sweeter in the drying process.  As it turns out, these are the best sun dried tomatoes!  Absolutely delicious, great texture and we will be making these with our Principe Borghese in the future!