Make Your Own Sun dried Tomatoes and Grow Fresh Herbs!

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Sundried tomatoes and herbs are a good source of iron. Master Gardener, the Green Thumb Guru Ed Sourdiffe showed us how to grow your own herbs and make your own sundried tomatoes!

Making Sundried Tomatoes Outside
A 3 Day Process

1) Cut the tomato, the stem side off and the scar side off. Then slice the tomato into 2 inch pieces. Remove most of the seeds, but leave the pulp.
2) Place the tomato pieces on nylon screen with the cut side down, cover with cheese cloth and keep elevated above the ground in the sun. Do this on low humidity, sunny days
3) Bring the screen in at night and in moist weather.
4) Turn in 1 ½ days to put the cut side of the tomato up exposed to the sun.
5) Repeat exposing to the sun until the tomatoes are fully dried.
Making Sun-dried Tomatoes in the Oven
A 12 hour process

1) Cut the tomato, the stem side off and the scar side off. Then slice the tomato into 2 inch pieces. Remove most of the seeds, but leave the pulp.
2) Fall and winter use the indoor oven, in the summer try the grill, or a toaster oven outside to prevent heat buildup indoors. Set the oven temp to 170 degrees, with the door slightly open, for three hours, with the tomatoes on a non aluminum baking tray or dish (aluminum reacts with the tomato acid).
3) Every three hours turn and press to flatten the tomatoes until done.

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