oven-drying tomatoes

oven-drying tomatoes

By the end of the summer season, cherry tomatoes can start getting a little out of hand. In April, when our little tomato plants get tucked into the soil and we anxiously await for the ripening of our first tomato, it’s hard to believe, in a few short months, tomatoes will be falling to the ground before we can harvest them. Many gardeners do not grow cherry tomatoes because of the ongoing tedious harvests.

But, I say, let us embrace these large late summer cherry tomato harvests! I love packaging up the sweetness of summer by stuffing oven-dried cherry tomato in little freezer bags. In a few months, on a chilly winter evening, I love mixing these tomatoes in a simple dish of pasta, drizzled with my favorite olive oil and sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan. At this same time, seed catalogs start coming in the mail, and the summer garden planning starts by the fireplace, with a blanket and hot cup of tea.

So gather those cherries and follow these simple directions…..

 

Step 1

Harvest your tomatoes

 

lemondrops, black cherries, blue cream berries, yellow pears, matt′s wild cherries, sungolds, super sweet 100′s

Step 2

Slice tomatoes in half and toss with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

sliced black cherry tomatoes

Step 3

On a parchment lined cookie sheet, spread out tomatoes cut side facing up. Bake in 200 degree oven for 3-4 hours.

Cherry Tomatoes, sliced and ready to go in the oven

Step 4

Enjoy immediately or package in freezer bags for later.

oven-dried cherry tomatoes