Some Mediterranean food lovers harvest sun-dried cherry tomatoes for the winter. This appetizer is universal. Quite often it is added to focaccia, sauces, pizza, fish and meat dishes. It is not so easy to prepare sun-dried tomatoes on your own. Before that, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with how you can cook them at home and what recipe to use for this.
There are many methods for preparing such a snack. However, it is the classic recipe that is most often used during the preparation of sun-dried tomatoes.
To prepare this dish, you will need the following ingredients:
- a kilogram of tomatoes;
- 100 g of basil;
- 80 g of salt;
- two heads of garlic;
- 200 ml of oil;
The creation of a dish begins with the preparation of all the ingredients that will be used during cooking. For a start, it is recommended to start preparing the tomatoes. All tomatoes should be cut into two equal parts and cored with seeds. In the future, the removed cored seeds can be used to create tomato paste.
Having finished with the tomatoes, you should start preparing the garlic. To do this, grind it with a mortar and stir with a little salt.
After preparing the main ingredients, you can start drying the tomato. This is done using an oven, grill or dryer. However, most often, housewives use ovens for this. The baking sheet is covered with foil and greased with olive oil. Then cut tomatoes with salt and garlic are laid out on its surface. You can also sprinkle a little sugar on them to add sweetness. Sweet tomatoes should be dried for three hours in an oven preheated to 90 degrees. If it is heated more, then the drying time will need to be reduced several times.
While the tomatoes are drying in the oven, you should sterilize the containers. For this, a small saucepan is filled with water and covered with a metal sieve. The water is brought to a boil and a jar is placed on the sieve. In this position, it is sterilized within 20 minutes, after which it can be used.
Dried tomatoes should be removed from the oven and transferred to a small sterilized jar. They are stacked in several layers, which should be mixed with garlic. Also, you need to add basil with herbs to the container. If there is too much free space in the jar, then pour a little olive oil into it and add hot pepper. In addition, vinegar is added to sun-dried tomatoes, which will increase the shelf life of the workpiece.
With thyme and spices
Some housewives use a recipe for harvesting sun-dried tomatoes that is complemented by various spices.
This recipe includes the following ingredients:
- a kilogram of tomatoes;
- 20 g thyme;
- 100 ml of oil;
- 20 g basil and oregano;
- 90 g of salt.
The preparation of a snack begins with the preliminary preparation of the ingredients. For drying, not overripe tomatoes are used. They should be firm, free from serious damage and rotten skin spots. Vegetables are thoroughly washed and their tails are removed. Then each tomato is cut into two equal pieces. If the tomatoes are too ripe and juicy, you will have to remove their middle. This is done to speed up drying.
Having finished with the tomatoes, you should tackle the baking sheet. It is covered with foil, which must be immediately carefully greased with oil. After that, all the chopped tomatoes are laid out on the surface. They are then sprinkled with spices and dried herbs. If desired, you can sprinkle vegetables with Italian, Provencal herbs or marjoram. Having laid out the greens on a baking sheet, everything is sprayed with vegetable oil and sent to the oven.
It is recommended to dry vegetables in an oven heated to 100 degrees.
During drying, it is necessary to periodically open the oven door so that the tomatoes do not dry out. Finished tomatoes should be soft and not completely dry and hard.
While the tomatoes are drying in the oven, you can start preparing the garlic. It is peeled, finely chopped and added to jars. Then ready-made tomatoes are added to the containers. The prepared jars are filled with vegetable oil, rolled up with lids and placed in the refrigerator for further storage.
Anyone can start harvesting sun-dried cherry tomatoes for the winter. However, to do this, you will have to familiarize yourself with the various methods of preparing this dish and choose one or another recipe for this.