Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes

When I first made these, I was really disappointed. They didn’t come out at all how I would have liked…almost flavorless, really. I sealed them anyway and kept them in my pantry. In october, I opened them up out of curiosity and they were INCREDIBLE!! All they needed was a little more time to absorb the oil. Point is: these may require a lot of patience, but the payoff is absolutely worth it!

What you’ll need:

  • any variety of fresh tomato (preferably from your own garden or the farmers market!)

  • dried herbs/spices

  • unfiltered pugliese/sicilian olive oil

  • jars


Photos below!

  1. make sure the tomatoes are nice, ripe, and ready.

  2. slice tomatoes in half vertically

  3. scoop out the pulp & seeds with a spoon

  4. let dry in full sun on a surface that allows air to circulate underneath (I used an old fan cage) for 10-14 days until 110% dry, otherwise they will mold in the jar. If you’re unsure, feel them for any wetness.

    • flip them daily

    • take them inside at night to avoid humidity

  5. fill a jar or a few jars, whichever you prefer, with tomatoes and your favorite dried herbs and spices.

  6. Cover with olive oil and close tightly

  7. Place the jars upside down in boiling water for 5 minutes to seal

  8. let rest for at least 1 month

  9. eat ‘em up!

I know it may seem tedious, but I find joy in homemade things. I hope you will too!

Alyssa D'AdamoComment