Tomatoes are on everyone's mind this month. And really, why shouldn't they be? August is the time to make tomato salads, fresh tomato sauce, tomato jam, caprese salads, homemade pizzas, and on. And on. When you've run through that list, there's a wonderful way to use up any tomatoes perched on your windowsill: oven dry them!
The good folks at Food52 recently wrote about a way to make sun-dried tomatoes without the sun, a rather appealing method for those of us not really willing to devote a few days to the process. The oven replaces the sun in this method.
These are great to have around for salads, savory omelets, simple late summer pastas, sandwiches and snacks. And while super simple, there are a few tips to keep in mind before you set out to dry your own: you want to begin with plum tomatoes because they're not too juicy. Juicy = harder to dry. And be sure to set your tomato slices on a baking rack and then place them on a pan. This will prevent them from sitting in their juices, which will make it very hard (or impossible) to dry out properly.
What's your favorite way to use sun-dried tomatoes?
Get the Recipe: "Sun-Dried" Tomatoes at Food52
Related: Mercy's Spicy Sundried Tomato Pasta
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