I love dried tomatoes in almost everything. The last of the tomatoes before winter hits. I have included a link for all to read for great tips on dehydrating food.
Saving tomatoes for winter
I love the flavor these add to almost any thing. I sauted Kale in a Wok with olive oil and added dried tomatoes and it was the best! Add them at the very start so they have time to get soft, Garlic also is wonderful to add.
To make Fruit leather you puree the fruit or vegetable which is then dried and rolled into chewy taffy.
Apples, apricots, berries (all kinds), cherries, nectarines, peaches,pears, pineapple and plums make excellent fruit leathers. Be sure to remove excess seeds from berries. Fresh fruit is the best, but do not overlook canned or frozen which can be used any time of the year. The vegetable leather is a little harder to find recipes for.
I have always wanted to make fruit leather, but I also want to try something different. So I have decided to make some vegetable leather instead. I am going to include the link for the recipe I will start with and then I will try mixing a fruit with the vegetable. I will let you know what ingredients I use and how it taste when I finish. I think I will use apple and pumpkin. Stay tuned for update on Sunday 8/11.
I have made the pumpkin/apple mixture and it now in the dehydrator.
1 – 15 oz can solid pack pumpkin, pumpkin only
1½ cup unsweetened apple sauce, I used store-bought
¼ cup Agave Nectar or honey
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Heat all in a sauce pan to 140 degrees then spread on the plastic tray that comes with the dehydrator or on plastic wrap . Dry until it is like leather.
Wow my house smells like a pumpkin pie is baking!
Well I finally tasted the pumpkin/apple leather and I really like the flavor, not too sweet and the apple lightens the heavier pumpkin taste. If you like really sweet snacks you might add more of the sweetener. I think I will really like it for a quick snack between meals.
My husband gave me a dehydrator awhile back & I am reluctant to admit that this is only the second time I have drug it out of it’s hiding place in the mudroom.
I had a good crop of tomatoes this year and I never thought I would say I am tired of eating them. I know I will miss them this winter, so why not dry them for later use? I sliced the fresh tomatoes 3/8” thick and placed them on the trays @ 138 degree for the temperature. It should take 6-10 hours.
Tomato slices –use for color and crunch when crumbled over a tossed salad. They rehydrate well in soups,stews and casseroles.
My next project with the dehydrator is Beef Jerky, because we have 1/2 of a steer to eat. I know our Grass fed Beef
will work very well for this project. It is very low in fat and tender, so I think the jerky will be great.