There are so many great things you can do with your dehydrated veggies (I can write on that later). One item I always try to make enough of (specially when tomatoes are in season) is, tomato powder. It is so versatile not to mention easy.
I always start my dehydrator before I begin. That gives it enough time to heat up.
Wash we tomatoes and be sure to cut out any bad spots. Slice them up, ( I love using this to slice all my veggies) 1/4 inch thick and lay them on the tray. You want them close together, but not touching.
Temperature and Time
Set your dehydrator on 125 degrees, and your timer for 10-12 hours. Drying time depends on your dehydrator.
Your tomatoes are dry when the feel like paper.
Making Tomato Powder
Once your tomatoes are completely dry, you will put them into a high powered blender, coffee grinder, or use mortar and pestle. Now, you have powder, but I don’t stop there. There is going to be some moisture in the powder. I take a coffee filter and put the powder in it, and put it back into the dehydrator for a few hours at 125 degrees. This assures that it is completely dry and shelf stable for a long time.
Uses for Tomato Powder
- Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
- Homemade Tomato Sauce
- Homemade Tomato Juice
- Stir it into dressings
- Sprinkle it on popcorn
- Tomato Soup
How do you use your tomato powder? Let us know in the comments!
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