A while ago I was watching Chef at Home the food network and Micheal showed us how to oven roast tomatoes. Given that I really like sun dried I really wanted to try drying my own tomatoes. I searched the web and found a great article on how to slow roast tomatoes here. There was one problem though... tomatoes were not in season. I bookmarked the article and waited impatiently. Tomatoes are now in season I tried my hand at oven drying tomatoes.
It takes about 8 hours to oven roast the tomatoes. Your place is bound to get really hot with the oven being on for 8 hours in the middle of summer so having an air conditioner is really nice. It may take a while to roast the tomatoes but it does not require much effort. You pretty much do not need to do anything for the first 6 hours. At the 6 hour mark you will want to take a look at them. Some of the smaller ones may be done and can be taken out. You will want to take a look at them every once in a while from this point on.
The oven roasted tomatoes turned out pretty good. For some reason they look really dark in all of the photos that I took. They are really tasty. All of the tomato flavour is concentrated into the dried tomato. I ate quite a few of them as they were but I saved enough to use in a few recipes. Oven dried tomatoes can used in a fashion similar to sun dried tomatoes.
fresh roma tomatoes
1. Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise.
2. Toss the tomatoes with the olive oil to coat.
3. Place the tomatoes cut side down on a baking sheet.
4. Roast the tomatoes in a preheated 250F oven until dried, up to 8 hours.