Dehydrating Tomatoes & Making Chips

We had a decent supply of tomatoes from our garden this year, and decided to experiment with different ways of preserving them. One of the ideas I had read about was making chips, that are good just as a snack, or re-hydrated in meals. 20150810_174738

We took a couple of buckets of tomatoes and made a combination of types to see what works best.

For the dehydration process, we sliced them and used salt, garlic and Italian seasoning lightly sprinkled on them, then into the Excalibur dehydrator until crispy.

The final 20150809_101133product was delicious, and we stored them in glass mason jars that we also use for canning. They make a great snack and are a project we will be repeating.

Lessons learned include:

  1. Use meaty tomato varieties
  2. go light on the salt as they are concentrated when they dry
  3. do not slice too thick if you are making chips, but ensure you have enough to have a body to the finished product. I find under 1/4 but more than 1/8th is generally good.

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