Ok gourmet food lovers…I know these photos may not look enticing until I fully explain what they are. Now I don’t know about you, but I am a sun dried tomato junkie! The only downfall is the price. Here in Michigan I pay anywhere from $6.99 to $14,99 for an 8.5 oz. jar….OUCH! I use these beauties in my baked spaghetti, pasta salads, bruschetta and steak and feta salads, homemade hummus and countless other recipes. The good news is, it’s harvest time in Michigan and Roma tomatoes are very affordable (I paid $1.29 per pound). Sun dried tomatoes can easily be made in your oven and the best part is, the prep time is very low, the baking heats the house and you will have your amazing sun (or oven in our case) dried tomatoes all winter long, without the big price tag.
Here is how you do it:
15 lbs Very healthy Roma tomatoes, cut in half, cored and seeded
Spice Chicks Ciao Mama Italian Blend
Spice Chicks Vampire Slaying Garlic
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees while you prep the tomatoes
Line baking pans with parchment paper
Place tomatoes very closely together (without over lapping) onto parchment lined baking pans
Drizzle with EVOO
Sprinkle with kosher salt and place in the oven
Roast for approximately 1 1/2 hours, turn all tomatoes
Sprinkle with Vampire Slaying Garlic and Ciao Mama Italian blend and return to oven
Roast for 1 to 1 1/2 hours more (tomatoes should look browned, and shriveled)
Remove from oven and let cool
Slice tomatoes into approximately 1/3 inch strips
Place desired serving sizes into zip seal sandwich bags
Place all small sandwich bags into a large freezer bag and freeze.
This way you can pull bags out of the freezer as you need them and protect the tomatoes from freezer burn.
The cost of this at the market going rate was approximately $30.00 versus $80.00
I love a good deal! Especially when it comes to better food!