Can I Make My Own Oil-Packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes?

updated May 1, 2019
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Q: When you go to the grocery store, you can find dry sun-dried tomatoes and also sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil. Would it be safe to buy dried ones and cover them in olive oil at home in say, a mason jar, to just pop in the fridge?

I don’t know if there’s any kind of bacteria to worry about.

Sent by Anthony

Editor: As long as you keep your own oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes in the refrigerator (make sure your jar is really clean), I don’t think there’s anything to worry about with bacteria.

But do read through this great post which examines some of the safety questions involved with storing anything, but especially dried tomatoes, in oil:

Readers, have you ever covered sun-dried tomatoes with oil at home? How long have you kept it in the refrigerator?