Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes

Around this time of year, the plots in my community garden start looking a bit ragged. It’s been hot, and the weeds are out of control. Because it’s been wet, no one can quite keep up with the beans. And then there are the tomatoes—particularly the cherry tomatoes. Some of my neighbors’ plots are producing hundreds of cherry tomatoes every day. This year, I thought, I’ll be smart. I’ll confine my cherry tomatoes to two pots at my house, where they won’t take over. But apparently my black thumb extends to all food grown in pots (not just potatoes), and my two little Sun Gold plants have produced all of 10 tomatoes between them. Fortunately, someone took pity on my cherry-tomato-less status and gave me a big bagful. Which is nice, because when you dehydrate them, they are absolutely divine.


Why do I dehydrate tomatoes? So many reasons, my friends! First, they make your house smell wonderful. They keep for up to a year and make wonderful snacks. You can use them in pizza, pasta, ravioli, and soups. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s soooo easy. Just cut them up, toss them on the dehydrator, and let them cook overnight. Mmmm. Tomato candy.

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5 comments to Dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes

  • These look wonderful, and I am right there with you on how tasty they are. Just wondering how you store your dried tomatoes? I’ve been oven-drying a ton of them this year (no dehydrator), but am just storing them in a freezer bag in the freezer. Are you able to keep them in the pantry?

  • dorisandjilly

    I store my dehydrated tomatoes in glass jars in the basement with the rest of my canned goods. If you let them get really, really dry, they should do fine in any cool, dark place for up to a year. If you like them a little moister and more pliable, though, they’ll last longer in the freezer.

  • Kim

    Why do dehydrated tomatoes only keep for one year? I also vacuum pack… does that help with longevity?

  • dorisandjilly

    Kim: Oxidation eventually reduces their flavor–so, yes, vacuum packing will help! It’s not a safety issue. So long as there’s no mold, and they taste OK, you can eat them.

  • Sally

    anything new since these ideas in 2010?

    Can I dry small pear pieces on another rack at the same time?