Make your own sun dried tomatoes & hot pepper flakes from your summer harvest so you can enjoy them all year long!
My husband is just in love with our garden this year. We had such a good turn out of zucchinis, cucumbers, tomatoes and all kinds of peppers. He made his pickled jalapeños that he shared with you and now he’s harvesting his cayennes and chile peppers. He also has become enamored with our dehydrator. I have to admit it does come in handy since I have not learned how to can yet. Perhaps I’ll do that next summer. But the dehydrator is a good way to preserve some of your summer harvest. Here are two that we did this summer. I also dehydrate zucchini and sweet potatoes for our puppy but that will come in another post.
I tried this with whole grape tomatoes and sliced grape tomatoes and the sliced won hands down. Simply cut them in half and dehydrate on your vegetable setting (135 degrees on our dehydrator) for about 8-10 hours. You want to check them periodically to make sure they are done or to take out a few that are done faster than the others.
Here is what they look like when they are done. Bite sized pieces of yumminess. I just bag them and freeze and will use them all winter. I like sun dried tomatoes and use them a lot. (Sun Dried Tomato & Herb Yogurt Cheese and Tuscan Chicken).
They are so sweet and concentrated. You can use them in dips, with pasta or rice or even in an antipasto dish.
Make Your own Sun Dried Tomatoes
These are my husband’s chile peppers. They are so colorful and pretty. He’s even made a wreath with them!
All you do is spread them on the trays and dehydrate (at 135 degrees) for about 48 hours. Again you have to check them to see if they are done. They will be dry and brittle when ready and you can easily crush them.
My hubby likes to make his own crushed red pepper mix. He puts it on everything and this year because we have so many peppers, he wants to give them out to our friends and family. All you do is put the dried peppers in a food processor and pulse until you get them all crushed.
Make Your own Hot Pepper Flakes
By the way, it takes a baggie full of dried peppers to make one bottle of crushed red pepper flakes.
There are so many things you can do with a dehydrator and of course you can do these in your oven if you can set it to a very low temperature but I like the simplicity of dehydrator. Just plug it in and let it go. Do you use a dehydrator? What do you make in yours? Drop me a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you!
- 30 - 40 grape tomatoes sliced in half
- 50 cayenne chiles
- Clean and thoroughly dry your tomatoes and peppers.
- Slice your tomatoes and place on a tray of your dehydrator, sliced side up.
- Add your peppers to another tray.
- Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees or whatever you manufacturer setting for vegetables is.
- Tomatoes should be ready in 8-10 hours.
- Peppers should take 36-48 hours.
- Check both every once in awhile for pieces that are done.
- Crush the peppers to make your own spice in a food processor.
- Freeze the tomatoes in a zip lock bag.
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