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Old 06-14-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Sun Dried Tomatoes

I ordered 5 lbs. of sun dried tomatoes from Jet, an online store Addie recommended. Now what to do with them? I had been buying 3 or 4-ounce bags from the supermarket - when they had them. Took all they had; never more than a dozen bags. Those were thoroughly dried, almost leathery, and I always reconstituted them in hot water for a few minutes. This 5 lb. bag comes from a company called We Got Nuts. They are very moist in comparison. Cut into juliennes they have the moisture of well-drained pasta. Taste is much more "tomatoey"(sp?) as well.
They are sharing headline billing with canned sardines in tonight's pasta (actually Polenta) sauce.
Suspect there are lots of opportunities for these little beauties waiting to be discovered.
Any suggestions or experiences?

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Old 06-14-2016, 10:39 PM   #2
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Sun Dried Tomatoes

Whoa. Five pounds is a lot of dried tomatoes! I dry my own tomatoes, but I usually get a few ounces.

Given how moist they are, I would store them in smaller ziplocks in the freezer, just in case.

Use them for tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, chili, salsa, salad dressing, a nice tomato soup, snacking on, anything you would use undried tomatoes for.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:57 PM   #3
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I agree with Dawg..store them in the freezer. I love sun dried tomatoes for lots of dishes and your experiment with sardines sounds like a good one. I get mine from Trader Joe's, and I often don't reconstitute them, but just throw them into a sauce as they are. They are also nice in salads and as a pizza topping. Love that bit of acidic "chew".
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:38 AM   #4
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With a 5 lb. bag I guess you are going to find uses for them!

I toss a handful of julienned sun dried tomatoes in with rice (preferably white basmati), along with chopped scallions. Add the tomatoes before the rice is done to reconstitute them. They also find their way into the scallion olive white wine sauce I use with salmon.
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:32 AM   #5
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We make our own oven roasted/dried tomatoes and they have a similar texture to them. Yes, the others are correct, you definitely have to store them in the freezer in individual portions or they mold. Ours have basil, parm, S and P and olive oil added to them as well before roasting/drying.

We make a pasta using them sliced, with slices or chunks of grilled or sauteed chicken, fresh basil strips, pearl or cubed fresh mozzarella and drizzles of olive oil, with parm on top. Sometimes we sautee a bit of chopped or sliced onion and garlic and use that too. There are several other things we use them in but brain isn't fully caffeinated yet this a.m. and can't remember right now, though the above is our go to, especially when we need a quick meal.
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Old 06-15-2016, 06:47 AM   #6
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Whoa. Five pounds is a lot of dried tomatoes! I dry my own tomatoes, but I usually get a few ounces.

Given how moist they are, I would store them in smaller ziplocks in the freezer, just in case.

Use them for tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, chili, salsa, salad dressing, a nice tomato soup, snacking on, anything you would use undried tomatoes for.
What about laying some of them down in EVOO? They cost a fortune to buy in tiny jars (at least over here they do). Yummy in salads.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:19 AM   #7
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Sundried tomato pesto
Mix with cream cheese and herbs for a dip or spread
Toss them with a few sauteed veg and serve on top of fish
Brushcetta ingredient
Rice or risotto
Add to potatoes
Add to soups
Add to beans
Stews
Puree and add to mayo for dip or sandwich condiment(I have a sundried tomato mayo at the deli we use for a Mediterranean chicken sandwich. Quite popular)
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:26 AM   #8
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Oh yes Rock, they make excellent pesto. We either serve it as kind of a sauce over grilled or sauteed chicken or pork, and also mix it with pasta.
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Oh yes Rock, they make excellent pesto. We either serve it as kind of a sauce over grilled or sauteed chicken or pork, and also mix it with pasta.
I do a pasta sauce with sd tomatoes, cream, chicken, white wine, and mushrooms that GF loves..It is basically a loaded alfredo sauce...add a small scoop of tomato paste and it becomes a rose'.
I've also added them to pork paprikash type dishes for a nice variation...
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I'm still trying to wrap my head around how big a 5 pound bag of dried tomatoes might be. Thinking body bag size!
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