Preserve Cherry Tomatoes: Make Sweet Tomato Snacks

dehydrate cherry tomatoes for a healthy snackOne of my favorite garden tools doesn’t ever even make it out to my garden. It’s my food dehydrator. When my busy schedule doesn’t allow time for a whole day of canning (which is a rare treat), I preserve my extra harvest using the trusty dehydrator. It’s that hum you’ll hear in our house 24/7 from about July through October.

If you’ve ever experimented with dehydrating, you know that some veggies dry better than others. I’m still trying to perfect eggplant and squash (which get a bit rubbery), but on the other hand, tomatoes always turn out perfectly, with almost no intervention from me. I’ve added spices like Greek or Italian seasoning to them before, but I really prefer plain dehydrated tomatoes for snacking. The drying process removes the water and concentrates the sugars, making for a surprisingly sweet snack. Roma tomatoes and other meatier varieties work well, as do cherry tomatoes. Trays of little dehydrated cherry tomatoes are a real treat! And with the bumper crop of cherry tomatoes I’ve had this summer, this trick has really come in handy.

Learn how to dehydrate your own cherry tomatoes for a yummy snack. It’s so simple. And if you’re a vegetable gardener but haven’t caught on to dehydrating yet, go on and get yourself a dehydrator. You won’t be sorry!

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Step 1

 Open Galleryharvest basketHarvest cherry tomatoes and rinse them clean.

Step 2

 Open Galleryarrange cut tomatoes on dehydrator tray

Cut cherry tomatoes in half and arrange in a single layer, cut sides facing up, on dehydrator tray(s).

Step 3

 Open Gallerydehydrator controls

Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees F (the setting for vegetables) and dehydrate for 8-10 hours.

Step 4

 Open Gallerydehydrated tomatoes

The time needed will vary according to your humidity levels, so just check for doneness. Your tomatoes should be dry but pliable.

Step 5

 Open Gallerydehydrated tomatoes in a bag

When your cherry tomato snacks are done, store them in plastic bags or containers — if you can stop yourself from eating them all in one sitting, that is …

Materials

  • Cherry tomatoes

Tools

  • Food dehydrator

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I grow vegetables wherever I can find enough sunlight and forage roadsides and hiking trails for plants that can be used to make natural dyes. You can find both vintage ...

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  1. OrlandoGal says:

    Great to have this info to use my new dehydrator! Thanks very much. Can these be kept at room temperature in a sealed container? Or refrigerated/frozen?

    • Kelly Smith Trimble says:

      These should be fine for a few days at room temp in a sealed container. For any longer, I'd pop them in the fridge. And yes, they would be great to freeze for a taste of homegrown tomato goodness in the winter!

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