Oven Dried Tomatoes or Peppers

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It is August and I am overrun with tomatoes and peppers! It seems our plum tomatoes and all our pepper bushes are on overdrive. I can’t stand to see beautiful produce go to waste, so every summer I dry peppers and tomatoes. Then I use them all winter long. I use them in frittatas, omelets, chili, spaghetti sauce, soups and almost anything else. I have it as a goal to make a big solar dehydrator. I haven’t gotten that done yet so I just use my oven.

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Preheat oven to lowest temperature. Mine is 200 degrees

Directions:

• Chop your peppers or tomatoes into small similar sized pieces and spread them on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper
• Be sure they are spread evenly in one layer
• The tomatoes work best if you put them skin side down
• Put them in the oven until they are dry and leathery. It takes 8-12 hours in my non-convection oven
• Let them cool and put them in canning jars or any other type of container you want to store them in.

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Some people like to take these dried tomatoes and peppers and put them in jars of olive oil with herbs. I do some like that. These herbed tomatoes make a great addition to frittatas with a yummy goat cheese.

Don’t waste your veggies!
Robin

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