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How to Use Dehydrated Tomatoes

How to Use Dehydrated Tomatoes

Tomatoes rehydrate quickly so they can be used dry as they soften up with the moisture from other ingredients and leave a little pockets of “tomatoey” taste in your dish.  However, if you do need them soft you can rehydrate by soaking in  either warm water or good quality oil (olive oil is most common) for about 10 minutes.

Salads and Sandwiches:

Rehydrate the tomatoes by marinating in a bit of salad dressing then enjoy tomatoes in your salad in the winter or on a sandwich. You can also puree them them into your salad dressing to make a tomato vinaigrette.

Minced or Crumbled Dried Tomatoes

Add to deviled egg filling

Mix in scrambled eggs

Use as a garnish with fish, chicken or vegetable dishes

Add to biscuits, cornbread, savory muffins or waffles

Add filling for stuffed peppers or cabbage

Tomato Powder:

Puree dried tomatoes into a powder and store in a jar. Use it to boost tomato flavor similar to tomato paste. Mix with water to form a paste. Tomato powder can be used in place of tomato paste when just 1 or 2 tablespoons are needed in a recipe. It is easy to end up wasting a can or jar tomato paste when just a bit is needed. Avoid waste with tomato powder.

Whoops! Did you buy off season tomatoes hoping they would satisfy your craving? Sprinkle with tomato powder to boost flavor on tasteless tomatoes

Mix 1:1 with some grated Parmesan cheese and sprinkle on popcorn or corn on the cob.

Tomato Chips:

Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt on thinly sliced tomatoes. Dehydrate until crispy and serve as chips with pesto, aioli, or dip of your choice.

Sundried Tomato “Pesto”

1/2 c dried tomatoes, 3/4 c water, 1/4 c nuts (pinenuts, almonds, walnuts) 1/4 c green herbs such as basil, cilantro or parsley 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional) - pulse in food processor 3-4 times. With processor running, drizzle in olive oil until you reach the consistency you like (typically between 2 - 4 tablespoons).  Season with salt and pepper.

Use on pasta, pizza,  as a sandwich spread, sauce for vegetables or eggs

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