So, you’ve just dehydrated the case of tomatoes you got from the local co-op, or your haul from the garden. What on earth do you do with dehydrated tomatoes? I’ll tell you what I do: make tomato powder.
What is tomato powder?
I’ll define tomato powder as pulverized, powdered dried tomatoes, kept in a cool dry place and added to various dishes for an unmistakable tomato flavor without even having to open a can of tomatoes.
Unless, of course, you keep your dried tomatoes in a can. But you shouldn’t really do that…
I keep mine in a pint size mason jar. Sometimes, when I’m really feeling ambitious, I’ll vacuum-seal it with our vacuum sealer. But not usually.
Okay you’re dying for the steps, I know.
1. Put your freshly-dried tomatoes in the freezer to kill off any parasites, not that there are any, because the vinegar you soaked them in before dehydrating should have taken care of them, but just in case. I like to accumulate dried tomatoes in a baggie in the freezer until I’m ready to process a batch of them.
2. Take them out of the freezer and dump them into your blender. Then blend, baby! I like my tomato powder really fine, but beware that you don’t inhale the powder that floats into the air after blending them that finely. You’ll be sneezing for the next hour. Again, just ask me.
Tomato powder tends to clump. I highly recommend adding 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder when blending to help absorb any moisture your tomato powder might encounter.
3. Pour the powder into an airtight container. (I love and use these.) Store in a cool, dry place.
Add a tablespoon or two to soups, sauces , dressings, casseroles, dips, roasts, pretty much anywhere your heart desires. I love adding it to quacamole. Be creative. And if you already use tomato powder, be sure to let me know how you like to use it! I’d love to hear new ideas.
Until next time, one more thing to love: dehydrated tomato powder.