Making Sun Dried Tomatoes

by Merissa on October 5, 2009

in Canning and Preserving

making sun dried tomatoes

Here's my yummy recipe for making Sun Dried Tomatoes. I love these things but they are so expensive and the ones from the stores come full of sulfates which I am allergic to. These homemade tomatoes are only a good deal if you grow the tomatoes or you get them from free. This recipe takes ALOT of tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes are very expensive per pound. I do not have exact measurements or times, it's just one of those recipes that you do with what you have!

Sun Dried Tomatoes

What You Need:

  • Several pounds of cherry or pear or grape tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil

Cut the little tomatoes into tiny slices. I usually get 3-4 slices from each. Place them on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan and separate them so they lay flat on the pan. Once you cut enough to fill up the tray drizzle olive oil on the top (the amount depends on you, I like mine a little crispy so I add less oil) then sprinkle salt on top of that(again the amount depend on how you like it).

making sun dried tomatoes

The thriftiest way to cook these is to make at least 2 full pans and put them in the oven at the same time. Cook them at 250F for several hours. I just check on mine every so once in a while to make sure they are ok. You can also cook them in your dehydrator but I have yet to do this because of the mess it would make with the oil.

To store these I put several scoops into a baggie until it's partially full (I only put as much in a bag that I will use at a time) I fill up several bags like that and then put 4-5 of the little bags into one freezer bag. These freeze very well and it only takes about 4 seconds in the microwave to revive them.

making sun dried tomatoes

These are excellent on pizzas, pastas, or just to eat!

Enjoy this video on how to make sun dried tomatoes!

Have you ever tried making sun dried tomatoes? Which are your favorite tomatoes to dry?


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1 SuzyQpon October 6, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Thank you for posting this recipe. I have several pounds of cherry tomatoes in my freezer that I had no idea what to do with. I got them for free when we had a party at work and no one wanted them! This is perfect. Thanks again.


2 Merissa October 6, 2009 at 6:55 pm

No problem, I hope you like it! What a great freebie!


3 Roseann August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Just made these and they’re fantastic! The only thing I would NOT do next time is place them on foil on my cookie sheet. I figured they’d be messy so I put foil down…a challenge to get the tomato pieces up without foil sticking to them 🙁 next time I’ll use parchment paper!


4 Merissa August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Oh bummer about the tin foil. I usually use the non-stick pan liners that you can get at kitchen stores. Along with the oil from the tomatoes that usually does the trick for me!


5 Lyn August 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I use parchment or Reynolds pan liner which you probably know is foil on one side and parchment on the other ( the food side) because I have read that foil should never touch your food…they are finding aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. No thanks!


6 Kathy Burr February 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

Merissa, this would be a great pin on Pinterest! <3
Thanks for all the wonderful posts you give us.
God Bless!


7 Christina Leader Boothman August 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

they get eaten too fast here!


8 Little House on the Prairie Living August 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I know, I have to try REALLY hard to get some into the freezer for later!


9 Rusty-Carla Robbins August 13, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Great information. Thank you.


10 Shirley Young Larson August 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Oh, I am going to do this! Thanks!!


11 Michelle August 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Thank you so much!!! I just picked a couple of lbs off of my plant today and have serveral more coming! Now I know what else I can do with them!


12 Michaelann Dahlman August 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

You mention that “I put several scoops into a regular sandwich bag until its about 1/4 full (I only put as much in a bag that I will use at a time)”, if you only make them 1/4 full, it might be better to use the snack size ziplock bags. The brand I use most, are about the same price but you get more of them. Just thought I would suggest it.


13 Merissa August 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

True I could do this if I ever kept snack size bags on hand 🙂


14 Patricia August 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I used the dehydrator and depending on how I’m using them, ex: if for pizza – I put some minced garlic, olive oil and the tomatoes in a bowl and let them “marinate” while I’m prepping the rest of the ingredients. I also put a little extra olive oil on the crust before adding the toppings. We like this as well as or better than pizza sauce. I have also just used fresh tomatoes the same way. Yum – O!


15 V. Stoen May 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I love sun dried tomatoes ! When I make mine I like to use Roma tomatoes , slice them in half long ways , put on sheet pan , sprinkle with kosher salt , garlic powder then drizzle olive over them and bake @ 250 . I store them exactly like you do , little regular sandwich bags then one big freezer zip lock . I store cilantro cubes this way as well . We grow a lot of cilantro and can’t possibly eat it all . To make the cilantro cubes I just put a bunch of cilantro in my food processor blend fine then add just enough water to pour into ice cubes trays . They work very well with Mexican and Thai food or any food you like to have cilantro with .


16 Jenny August 3, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I love making them with Roma tomatoes. A friend of mine rehydrated hers by simmering in italian dressing and they were amazing!


17 [email protected] August 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I do a lot of canning/preserving and I will be trying this out. thanks for sharing. Gday!


18 Sherry August 15, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Thank you for sharing how to do this. I just started a tomato board today on Pinterest.


19 Joanne T Ferguson August 16, 2014 at 4:40 am

G’day! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe at our #SayGdayParty!
Please make sure to stop back if you haven’t already and visit some other people’s blogs!
I am also curious if you have answered any of the questions I asked on my blog about this week’s party?
Cheers! Joanne


20 Sarah R. August 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

Oh gosh, these look fantastic!! I’ve been meaning to try to make oven-dried tomatoes for forever, and you’ve reignited that desire! Thanks so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- I hope you’ll come back with your latest makes next week!

Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)


21 Daniele @ We Know Stuff August 18, 2014 at 8:05 am

Thank you for sharing this great recipe. I am up to my eyeballs in tomatoes right now. I will absolutely try this out!


22 Lauryn August 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I love this post! I pass up cherry tomatoes too many times. I need to grab them next time and do this with them! Thanks for sharing!


23 Christal K August 22, 2014 at 11:57 am

A question, could this method be used with regular sized tomatoes and how thin or what size would the pieces or slices be, just wonderin??


24 Merissa August 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

They won’t dry quite the same with a regular sized tomato since what you are mainly eating in the little ones is the skins. You can always try it though!


25 Cathy @ Our Mini Family August 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re having a FABULOUS weekend–just wanted to swing by and give you a huge “Thank you!” for linking up at Bewitchin Projects last week.
~Cathy Mini~


26 Ally October 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Any idea how long these will keep in the freezer?

thanks for the recipe!


27 Merissa October 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I keep them in the freezer all winter (if they last that long!) so at least a good 3 to 4 months. 🙂


28 All that's Jas July 24, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Mmm, looks yummy! Now I know what to do with my tomatoes 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us at Thursday Favorite Things!


29 Gregg Carter August 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm

These sound good. I have dried tomatoes in my old work vehicle but haven’t used the oven.

Thanks for sharing this with us on the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you there this week.


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