Homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes (Raw Vegan)
 
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Cuisine: raw food, raw vegan, gluten-free
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs Roma tomatoes (or other tomatoes with thick skin)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Dehydrator method:
  1. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise in half, and deseed it if you are using a variety with a lot of seeds. If you are using Roma tomatoes, they tend to have lesser seeds so you don't have to take them out. You can if you want to speed up the drying process.
  2. Line the tomatoes cut side up onto the mesh dehydrator sheet, spacing it out evenly.
  3. Sprinkle salt on each tomato surface.
  4. Dry at 115℉ (46℃) for about 48 hours, rotating the tray a few times so they dry evenly.
  5. Touch and feel if the tomatoes feels moist at all. If they are, they aren't done so continue drying until it feels dry all around when you touch it. If you leave moisture in, it'll result in mold later on. When the tomatoes are leathery but still soft and pliable like dried fruits, they are done.
Oven method (not raw):
  1. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting you have on your oven.
  2. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise in half, and deseed it if you are using a variety with a lot of seeds. If you are using roma tomatoes, they tend to have lesser seeds so you don't have to take it out. But you could if you want to speed up the drying process.
  3. Line the tomatoes cut side up on a baking sheet, spacing it out evenly.
  4. Sprinkle salt on each tomato surface.
  5. Pop it in the oven and leave the door cracked open just a little. Let it dry for about 48 hours. Flip the tomatoes every few hours so it dries evenly. Turn the oven off at night before you sleep for safety reasons.
  6. Touch and feel if the tomatoes feels moist at all. If they are, they aren't done so continue drying until it feels dry all around when you touch it. If you leave moisture in, it'll result in mold later on. When the tomatoes are leathery but still soft and pliable like dried fruits, they are done.
Notes
Store in an air-tight container or ziplock bag and store it in a dark cool place. Keeps for 6 months. If the sun dried tomatoes become hard while storing, soak it in water before use.

You can sprinkle the tomatoes with some herbs of your choice, but I like to keep it simple with just salt so it can be used versatile to use.
Recipe by Mariko Sakata | Raw Food and Plant-based Recipes at https://marikosakata.com/homemade-sun-dried-tomatoes/