Drying tomatoes and making tomato powder.
I know, drying tomatoes isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when you think about saving them. But when you have a smaller crop, or just don’t want to pull out a canner, it helps to have an alternative way to save them.
For cherry/pear tomatoes: wash and cut in half. Place on dehydrator and dry up to 24 hours. They have a lot of water in them so they will take a long time. You can help them out by scooping some of the seeds out, leaving just the flesh.
For large tomatoes: Wash the tomatoes and then cut them into thin slices, approx. 1/4 inch. place them on the dehydrator and dry up to 24 hours. Once again, lots of water. you can help them out by scooping some of the seeds out, leaving just the flesh.
Making Tomato Powder:
To make tomato powder you take your dry tomato slices and run them thru the food processor. The more you process it the finer the powder will become. I keep 2 jars of powder. One is a fine powder that I use to make sauce/paste from. The other jar is of slightly larger pieces that I throw into soups and chilis.
I hope you find this helpful.