Monday, November 21, 2011

Make Sun Dried Tomatoes at Home [RECIPE]

Have you ever had sun-dried tomatoes at a restaurant and wondered if you can use them in your home cooking? Well, it is dead simple to make them at home. All it takes is an oven and a little patience! Sun dried tomatoes make a wonderful ingredient in your salad, pasta or pizza and elevate your dish from ordinary to gourmet!



Ingredients:
4-6         .............. large tomatoes
2 tbsp     .............. salt (use sea salt if you have it)
1-2 tbsp  .............. olive oil

Method:


  • Slice tomatoes into quarters like shown in the picture above.
  • Place them in a baking tray so they are spread out and don't touch each other.
  • Sprinkle salt on them. You may also add herbs like oregano or rosemary if you like.
  • Generously top them with olive oil.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 100 ºC  or 200 ºF. If you don't have that setting, use the lowest temperature you have in your oven.
  • Place the tray with tomatoes in the oven and bake them for about 8 hours. The amount of time will vary from oven to oven but you will know that they are done when all moisture has been evaporated and tomatoes become chewy/crunchy.
  • When the tomatoes have dried, take them out of oven and cool them.
  • They are ready to use. You may cover them with olive oil and store them in a ziplock bag or an airtight container in your refrigerator. They stay good for 3-4 months.