The tomatoes just keep coming. Minnesota is having a very delayed summer with the heat moving well into September, so my garden is still going strong. At the moment, I have put up about 36 quarts of tomatoes, 16 pints of salsa, two gallons of dried tomatoes, and more tomatoes are on the way. I think we’re set for the winter, don’t you?
Drying tomatoes is a great way to preserve them, especially if you’re running out of shelf-space for canned goods like I am. Dried tomatoes can be used for sauces, salads, stews, soups, pastas, you name it! You can rehydrate them a little bit, leaving them mildly chewy, or completely plump them up and use them as you would canned tomatoes. Dried tomatoes have great depth of flavor, making anything they touch rich and savory. We also like to eat them as is, just like you would a dried peach.