Dehydrating Tomatoes from your garden

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When blessed with an abundant crop of tomatoes in your garden you have many choices ... one of them should be dehydration.  What better way to enjoy for many months the fruits of your labor from your garden.  It was time to dust off my Cabela's 80L Dehydrator.


  • Cut the tomatoes in quarters, half, or ¼" slices depending on what kind of tomatoes you have harvested
  • Scrape out all the seeds without removing the pulp from the tomato
  • Sprinkle seasonings over the tomatoes - if desired (dried Basil, Oregano, Thyme and Salt)
  • Place to tomatoes, cut side up, directly onto the dehydrator racks
  • Set the dehydrator temperature to 140ºF
  • Place the filled racks into the dehydrator for 6-9 hours
  • A few hours thru the dehydrating process, rotate the racks top to bottom - front to back
  • Repeat the rotation every few hours until dried

Storing Dried Tomatoes

  • Select airtight containers like zipped plastic freezer bags, jars, or plastic containers with tightly-fitting lids
  • Use the smallest possible container for the amount of prepared dried tomatoes. The less air exposure, the better
  • When using zipped plastic freezer bags, squeeze out excess air before sealing. If possible, vacuum seal bags

Where to store Dried Tomatoes

To store in the pantry or on a shelf:

Place sealed containers in a cool, dry, dark place, maintained at about 60-70ºF. If completely moisture-free, dried tomatoes will keep flavor and texture for up to a year. However, most dried tomatoes will have remnants of moisture that will permit mold to develop. Store dried tomatoes in refrigerator or freezer as a precaution.

To store in refrigerator or freezer:

Seal tightly to prevent freezer burn. Label with date. Dried tomatoes can be stored in the freezer or refrigerator and maintain flavor and texture for about 18 months.

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