Preserve Cherry Tomatoes: Make Sweet Tomato Snacks
One of my favorite garden tools doesn’t ever even make it out to my garden. It’s my food dehydrator. When my busy schedule doesn’t allow time for a whole day of canning (which is a rare treat), I preserve my extra harvest using the trusty dehydrator. It’s that hum you’ll hear in our house 24/7 from about July through October.
If you’ve ever experimented with dehydrating, you know that some veggies dry better than others. I’m still trying to perfect eggplant and squash (which get a bit rubbery), but on the other hand, tomatoes always turn out perfectly, with almost no intervention from me. I’ve added spices like Greek or Italian seasoning to them before, but I really prefer plain dehydrated tomatoes for snacking. The drying process removes the water and concentrates the sugars, making for a surprisingly sweet snack. Roma tomatoes and other meatier varieties work well, as do cherry tomatoes. Trays of little dehydrated cherry tomatoes are a real treat! And with the bumper crop of cherry tomatoes I’ve had this summer, this trick has really come in handy.
Learn how to dehydrate your own cherry tomatoes for a yummy snack. It’s so simple. And if you’re a vegetable gardener but haven’t caught on to dehydrating yet, go on and get yourself a dehydrator. You won’t be sorry!
Step 1. Harvest cherry tomatoes and rinse them clean.
Step 2. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and arrange in a single layer, cut sides facing up, on dehydrator tray(s).
Step 3. Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees F (the setting for vegetables) and dehydrate for 8-10 hours.
Step 4. The time needed will vary according to your humidity levels, so just check for doneness. Your tomatoes should be dry but pliable.
Step 5. When your cherry tomato snacks are done, store them in plastic bags or containers — if you can stop yourself from eating them all in one sitting, that is …