Tuesday, 23 July 2019

EASY SUN-DRIED CHERRY TOMATOES

These Easy Sun-Dried Cherry Tomatoes are intensely fragrant, delicately sweet and will make you wonder why you ever bought shop bought sun-dried tomatoes in the first place.



Learn HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN OWN SUN-DRIED TOMATOES AT HOME in your own comfort, they can be used and enjoyed in any recipes any time of the year.

These Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes are intensely fragrant, delicately sweet and will make you wonder why you ever bought shop bought sun-dried tomatoes in the first place. Learn HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN OWN SUN DRIED TOMATOES AT HOME in your own comfort, they can be used and enjoyed in any recipes any time of the year.



This recipe couldn't have coincided better with the 50 year anniversary of the first Moon Landing. I loved astronomy so much growing up and will never forget the day I went to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida back in 2008. I learned about the food that astronauts ate and how it was all dehydrated by various processes to stop it from going off. As a souvenir from the gift shop, we brought back some space food - freeze-dried strawberry ice cream was one of them if I remember correctly!

These Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes are intensely fragrant, delicately sweet and will make you wonder why you ever bought shop bought sun-dried tomatoes in the first place. Learn HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN OWN SUN DRIED TOMATOES AT HOME in your own comfort, they can be used and enjoyed in any recipes any time of the year.

In perfect sync with this anniversary, we have made dehydrated Cherry Tomatoes. Now we all love sundried tomatoes at home, we add them to cheese and salad sandwiches with homemade chutneys, in pesto and salads just to name a few. If you are blessed with glorious sunshine, then sun-drying the tomatoes seems the best option, but, like us, if you are not, you have to fall back on other (equally effective) methods. In the past, we used to oven-dry our tomatoes but this time, we used a food dehydrator.



WHAT IS FOOD DEHYDRATOR?


A food dehydrator is a device that uses a heat source and airflow to reduce the moisture from food and therefore increasing the shelf life.


BENEFITS OF DEHYDRATING FOOD



There are numerous benefits to dehydrating food.

One such benefit is knowing exactly what has gone into the final product. Often with shop-bought dried food, additives are still added but with making it at home, you are in control.
You also retain most of the nutrition when dehydrating.
There is a reduced waste as the food is preserved and can be enjoyed past its original shelf life.
This, in turn, leads to cost savings. Not only are you reducing the amount of food you have to buy as a result of less spoilage, but buying dried food from the shops can be very expensive!
And maybe most importantly, the taste is so much better as the food becomes concentrated and richer in flavour.



We dehydrated the tomatoes using our Cosori Food Dehydrator CO165-FD. The Cosori dehydrator is designed in California. Its key features are:

Touch Control LED display,

Variable temperature and time settings - easy to customise to whatever you are dehydrating. Temperature from 35C-75C and the timing increases in 30 min increments upto 48 hours.
Automatic shut off - preventing the food from overcooking and the machine from overheating
Memory function - remembers your previous settings
It effectively dehydrates food by circulating hot air to remove the moisture from the food and thus taking care of any bacteria/fungi present


In the box, you get:

BPA free and ETL and FDA certified dehydrator in white - Power 450W
5 drying trays
1 fruit roll sheet
1 mesh screen.
50 original recipes book
user manual

I love the generous size of the dehydrator. With 5 trays, I can dehydrate so much at a time. The appliance itself is quite big and takes up a lot of kitchen space but that is understandable considering the product itself. Also, the trays themselves are dishwasher safe. However, the mesh, fruit roll sheet and cover are NOT dishwasher safe. As it is stainless steel, there was no issue with the machine retaining any strong smells - a big plus if I am going to be switching between dehydrating sweet products like fruit and strong smelling vegetables.

The appliance itself was very simple to use with its touch display. I recommend experimenting with times and temperatures to work out exactly the overall result you want from your food but the box does come with a handy 50 recipe guide to get you started.

The automatic function is really important for me because I know that even if I am not directly near my appliance, it will still shut off automatically and I am not waiting up for it. The dehydrator is also fairly quiet - just gives off a fan-like noise, meaning there is little noise disturbance from it. The only, very small, issue is that through the cover, you can only see the top tray but not the food that is on the trays below.

Other examples of what you can make in the food dehydrator is various fruit, such as dried mango or fruit rolls, vegetables such as dried spring onion, meat and edible flowers.

This product is great for families, for those living alone and for people who will be travelling.

The dehydrator comes with a 90-day money back guarantee and also comes with a 2-year warranty and lifetime support from Cosori.



EASY SUN DRIED CHERRY TOMATOES


These Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes are intensely fragrant, delicately sweet and will make you wonder why you ever bought shop bought sun-dried tomatoes in the first place. Learn HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN OWN SUN DRIED TOMATOES AT HOME in your own comfort, they can be used and enjoyed in any recipes any time of the year.


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Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes


Yield: 1 medium jar
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 10 hourtotal time: 10 H & 10 M
These Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes are intensely fragrant, delicately sweet and will make you wonder why you ever bought shop bought sun-dried tomatoes in the first place.

ingredients:

  • *700g cherry tomatoes
  • 200ml extra virgin olive oil or olive oil
  • 1 TBSP mixed dried herbs
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • Sea salt flakes
Equipment/Tools
  • Cosori original food dehydrator
  • Knife
  • bowl
  • spoon
  • jar 

instructions:

How to cook Easy Sun Dried Cherry Tomatoes

  1. First, wash and pat dry tomatoes.
  2. Cut into two halves, you don't need to peel the skin of tomatoes in this recipe.
  3. Put in a big bowl, add salt, little oil, and some dried herbs.
  4. Mix gently.
  5. Read carefully manual instructions of your dehydrator first.
  6. Layout tomato halves on a supplied trays, leaving some room in between them.
  7. Cover it with the provided lid and turn the machine on.
  8. Set the temperature on 55C and time set for 10-11 hours.
  9. Check the tomatoes after 6-7 hours.
  10. Once dried, remove them and let it cool completely.
  11. Store it in the sterile jar, add garlic, herbs and salt if necessary.
  12. Now pour olive oil and make sure all the tomatoes are submerged in oil.
  13. Cover the lid tightly and leave in the refrigerator for a week or use in the required recipe. 

NOTES:

You may use any other tomatoes if using big ones, slice them thinly.
Fresh herbs can be added too such as rosemary, basil, thyme or oregano.
We have used fresh basil for a photography purpose.
You may want to vacuum seal if don't want to preserve in oil. 
Calories
1885.85
Fat (grams)
197.83
Sat. Fat (grams)
27.40
Carbs (grams)
33.23
Fiber (grams)
10.22
Net carbs
23.01
Sugar (grams)
18.59
Protein (grams)
7.14
Sodium (milligrams)
623.63
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.
Tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, dehydrator
Main Course
Mediterranean
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Disclaimer- I was sent the COSORI FOOD DEHYDRATOR for an unbiased review and not told or paid to write anything positive. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you COSORIUK team.

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2 comments:

  1. A great piece of kit! Sun dried tomatoes are so versatile so well worth making. A great idea- thank you!

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  2. I love the idea of having a dehydrator at home. The cherry tomatoes look delicious

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