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Re: Sun dried tomatoes

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Posted by InVermont on February 26, 2003 at 12:34:52 from (

In Reply to: Sun dried tomatoes posted by Jim(MO) on February 26, 2003 at 09:07:05:

I dried some Amish Paste and Viva Italia tomatoes last year- I used an Excalibur dehydrator and they took several hours to dry (but I had nine trays of slices going at once- yes, I sliced them rather than take the chance the inside of a halved tomato wouldn't really dry)- They turned out fantastic- I would caution you though- Here in Vermont, electric rates are some of the highest in the country and I could tell the difference in my bill. After the first month, I dried from ~8:00pm through to about 7:00am- (my electric is calculated for every 24 hour period-from midnight to midnight) so my usage would be stretched across two days. Even with the increase in utility costs, I appreciate eating those dried tomatoes- they don't rehydrate just like ripe ones, but the flavor is intensified and I use them on pasta, on pizza (i soak them a little in water and scatter them on the pizza about 7 minutes before it is done baking; keeps them from burning)and even just plain out of the baggie I store them in. What a treat!

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