Friday, February 25, 2011
When Life Gives You Tomatoes, Make Tomato Powder
The tomatoes are dehydrated and then powdered in a coffee grinder. I don't drink coffee, but I may have to get a grinder.
Peel tomatoes by dipping in boiling water for 1 minute, (the skins will split a bit, I cut an x at the base of the tomato before blanching. ) then dip the tomato in cold water for 1 minute. Slip skins off and cut out cores. Cut into 1/8" slices or into 1/4" cubes. Drain well.
Dehydrator: Spread slices or cubes over trays so pieces are not overlapping. Dry 8 to 10 hours at 120 degrees F., then turn slices and continue drying for another 6 to 8 hours until brittle.
To Use: Refresh slices by placing on a shallow plate or platter and spraying with warm water. Let soak for 1 hour, spraying with water occasionally. Refresh smaller pieces by soaking in water to cover for 1 hour or more. Add dried slices or cubes without refreshing to salads, soups, and casseroles.
One cup dried yields about 1 1/2 cups refreshed tomatoes.
Rehydrating Tomato Powder
Tomato Paste – 1 tsp powder and 1 tsp water.
Tomato Sauce – l tsp powder and 3 tsp water.
Tomato Soup – 1 tsp powder, 1 tsp water and 2 tsp cream. (note)
Tomato Juice – 1 tsp powder and 1/2 tsp water or more. (note)
NOTE: Adjust amount of water to taste for soup and juice.