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Old 08-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #21
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My MIL used to make a lot of fruit leather on her home built dehydrator. I wonder what tomato leather would be like, and if there's a recipe or technique out there that I could follow. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and when my tomatoes really start to come out, I'll try dehydrating some.

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The other day, at band camp, okay, well not at band camp.....me and you know who, were talking about the cabinet he built that we have the outside dehydrator in......when the dehydrator dies, how we'll make it into a home made dehydrator. It really just needs a heater and a fan. There is more than enough room for both in the cabinet.

Fruit leather, or tomato leather, it would just be tomatoes (with all the natural sugars), blended up, and spread on a tray, with a bit of saran wrap/plastic wrap on the tray. It takes a while to dry out, yet the results are great.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:12 PM   #22
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This is the end result of a big tray of tomatoes in a gallon zip lock bag.
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Old 08-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #23
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This is the end result of a big tray of tomatoes in a gallon zip lock bag.
Blissful, your tomatoes look just like mine did!
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Does the taste of dehydrated tomatoes come close to the one of sun-dried tomatoes?
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Does the taste of dehydrated tomatoes come close to the one of sun-dried tomatoes?
Yes, essentially it's the same process, without the sun. A very low heat setting concentrates the flavor. And a dehydrator is a lot more reliable than the sun. And no added (bug) protein!
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Yes, essentially it's the same process, without the sun. A very low heat setting concentrates the flavor. And a dehydrator is a lot more reliable than the sun. And no added (bug) protein!
I suspect that there are places where sunshine is more reliable than the electricity supply.
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I suspect that there are places where sunshine is more reliable than the electricity supply.
You have a point there, Taxy!
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Blissful, your tomatoes look just like mine did!
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Does the taste of dehydrated tomatoes come close to the one of sun-dried tomatoes?
Dawg--it's great isn't it?

Dehydrated tomatoes taste like tomatoes. I suppose if you eat sun-dried tomatoes, and didn't rehydrate them, they'd taste the same as sun-dried. They just taste like tomatoes, fresh, sunny, better than canned to me. For years I canned them, and then I just was tired of the hot summer days and the hot summer stove, and dehydrated ones were fantastic and I stopped canning them.
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Dawg--it's great isn't it?

Dehydrated tomatoes taste like tomatoes. I suppose if you eat sun-dried tomatoes, and didn't rehydrate them, they'd taste the same as sun-dried. They just taste like tomatoes, fresh, sunny, better than canned to me. For years I canned them, and then I just was tired of the hot summer days and the hot summer stove, and dehydrated ones were fantastic and I stopped canning them.
I had to sneak a taste, they're awesome! I used to do a lot of canning too, Blissful, but this is the way to go!
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I'm going to have to try this. I have a dehydrate setting on my toaster oven. Yeah, it's a pretty fancy toaster oven with convection.
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