The Q&A Archives: How To Grow Sundried Tomatoes

Question: After the tomatoe is ripe what do you do: take them off? leave them on? what is the "drying" proceedure. Our plant was given to us so we have no instructions.

Answer: Sundried tomatoes are normally paste type tomatoes that are allowed to ripen on the plant, then picked and set out to dry in a single layer on racks in the sun (in a very dry climate) or in a dehydrator or occasionally even in a very low oven with the door left slightly open until they are leathery. You might check with your county extension (874-2957) for their most up to date home food processing safety recommendations on how to dry and store these once they are dried.

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